If you talk about Adam Sandler in film-loving communities, chance are there’ll be the discussion of three different aspects of his career. You’ll get his ‘90s comedy film career, his post-‘90s comedy career, and his more prestigious work. In that first category you get films like The Waterboy and Happy Gilmore. That second category is filled with films like Jack and Jill and The Ridiculous Six. Finally, that last category has stuff like Punch-Drunk Love and Uncut Gems.
With the more recent comedies in Sandler’s filmography, many have pointed to him basically phoning it in. It’s a criticism I’ve thrown his way as well. When it comes to his movies these days, it almost seems like he’s more interested in funding a vacation for him and his friends, all while shooting a movie. And I didn’t hate him for it. In fact, I respected the fact that he could do something like that all while satisfying his investors. How can you not respect a guy who loves what he does, even if he’s phoning it in?
Well, it looks like I may have to eat some crow on this. Sandler was recently speaking with CBS News, and the subject of the “ups and downs” of his career came up.
“Man, I don’t know what the downs have been,” Sandler told the outlet. “I mean, maybe in some people, when they write about me, they talk about my downs. But I don’t have any downs. I love every movie I’ve made. I’ve never in my entire career phoned one thing in.”
And you know what? I don’t have a problem believing him on this. I know a lot of us who love to really dig into the film conversations love to s**t on him. After all, a lot of his movies spit in the face of what many of us would consider “objectively good storytelling.” And while we may all still agree with that on some level, the fact is that his movies make money.
No matter how much we complain about what he makes, there are millions of people out there finding joy in what he does. He clearly knows what a good chunk of people like, and investors like Netflix seem more than happy to re-up deals with him. So, at the end of the day, I can very much see Sandler as someone who takes his craft and business even more seriously than we give him credit for. Even if what he makes isn’t for us, it’s clearly for somebody.
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SOURCE: CBS News