For a solid decade, one could argue Adam Sandler was the best name in comedy. From 1995 through 2005, Sandler had a big hit film nearly every year. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard and in 2006, my personal favorite, Click.
With the exception of Just Go With It in 2011, Sandler has failed to hit comedy gold for nine consecutive years. Instead, audiences have been gifted with fool’s gold like Bedtime Stories, Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy, Grown Ups 2 and Blended.
What happened to the Brooklyn boy we used to know and love? I can’t answer that but I admit I ask myself that. Where did the greatness go? In athletes, age plays a role, but what plays a role in acting?
So when I saw Netflix spamming The Ridiculous 6 everywhere on their home page as their latest original film and saw Adam Sandler’s face, I knew I was gonna have to watch this.
To Sandler’s credit, I watched The Cobbler over the summer and found some entertainment in that. It got destroyed by critics but The Cobbler was decent compared to his last few projects. At the very least, The Cobbler avoided the immature humor that has become a mainstay of Sandler’s colossal failures. I had a smidgen of hope for this, I really did. I had no right to, I understand that, but I want to believe everyone has a chance at redemption. Except you, Shyamalan. I’m done with you. Go back and sit in the corner.
The Ridiculous 6 is a western, a genre Sandler hadn’t managed to soil yet if I’m correct but I guess he was bound to find it eventually. In comes his character, nicknamed “White Knife” and a bizarre assortment of characters to form a ragtag team of brethren to go on an “epic” journey.
That was probably the pitch without the script. When the script’s brought into the equation, you may or may not bat an eye. Depends on if you’re still offended by Sandler’s lack of talent these days.
There’s simple comedy and then there’s not-even-trying comedy. The Ridiculous 6 features the latter.
The problem is the film’s clearly compromised nature and its need to lean on this stilt again and again. If you want your films to be targeted at elementary school kids, Sandler, you’re doing a great job. Otherwise, let’s grow up, shall we?
I’m unsure if Sandler’s forgotten how to phrase things in a humorous manner or if his heart’s not in these projects, but something’s been wrong with the guy for a long time and I think it’s about time the guy sits down and decides what he wants to be known for. I hate to say one decade of mediocrity eliminates one decade of elevated comedy, but I’m starting to wonder because there’s only so much of this nonsense I’m willing to put up with before I stop watching, too, as I’m sure some of Sandler’s loyalists already have.
There’s no wit or charm in Sandler’s productions anymore, two things I believe should be inbred in a work of laughter. The characters aren’t appealing; instead they’re excessively moronic, with Taylor Lautner being the largest bumbling idiot that all of Hollywood has probably seen this year. There’s a morsel of enjoyment to be had given that Twilight-infamous Lautner is playing the role, but in the spirit of the Grinch, that morsel is even too small for a mouse and when you have a large platter of unappetizing entrees as we have here, a morsel that small doesn’t aid in the entertainment process whatsoever. Stupid is stupid and just because we have the ability to pick on an actor for picking up a stupid role doesn’t make it any less stupid.
As Sandler and crew once again parade themselves across the screen and give cameos to Vanilla Ice and Blake Shelton, we’re left wondering when the torture will end and this failed product will run its way out of town.
The cast is bare bones and even Terry Crews, the legend of Old Spice, feels out of his element here and when a guy’s that funny and he’s in a comedy, that shouldn’t happen. With no lines worth noting or character building worth mentioning, there’s not much to say about The Ridiculous 6 other than what I’ve already said. It’s watchable and you could do worse, but I expect more than mediocre and bearable and you should, too.
Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
80-89 It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Cable Guy, The Cabin in the Woods, Tears of the Sun, Edge of Tomorrow, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (The Lost Boys, Zombeavers, Crank, Erased, I, Frankenstein)
30-39 Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30′s ironically define the 1930′s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (Centurion, Planet of the Apes, Stonados, Redemption, Pride and Prejudice)
20-29 What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Visit, The Fantastic Four, The Boy Next Door, The Colony, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale)
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (The Coed and the Zombie Stoner, The Forbidden Dimensions, Cyborg, Outcast, Sabotage)
My score for The Ridiculous 6: 40.
Like a pinata waiting for you to smash the life out of it, The Ridiculous 6‘s material begs for a beating and by film’s end, critics like myself will have all the ammo they need to unleash hellfire upon it.