PG-13, 1 hr. 32 min. Directed by: Dennis Dugan. Release Date: February 16, 1996. DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998.
I may have been the only college Freshman who was alive in 1996 and who wasn't in a Bible college that didn’t go see this in theaters, but I managed to miss this movie for like three years. I vaguely recall that I saw this movie for the first time (along with Billy Madison) on a Greyhound bus traveling between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town along the South African southern coast. I might be wrong, but somehow I don’t think so. Back then, this movie would have had me rolling… but 15 years later, I only chuckle a few times and smile frequently. You know you’ve gotten old when Adam Sandler comedies have started to lose their shine.
Okay, I admit it. The initial golfing scene where Sandler strafes his grandmother’s neighbor’s house is hysterical, but the rest of it just made me smile. I also realized that some of my memories of this movie had gotten merged with some of Adam Sandler’s other movies… such as the pool scene that I kept looking for here that I suspect is really in Billy Madison. I’m going to be even more honest and say that I laughed a few other times, although now I’m really embarrassed that I thought it was funny.
This isn’t a great movie in the artistic or technical aspects of a film. However, it’s fun to watch and is relatively tame for one of Sandler’s original films. The story is engaging as are the characters, which, let’s face it, much better movies have failed to make happen. But, at the end of the day, all of these Sandler movies from the 90s are more or less interchangeable: some kind of loserish guy whose life is totally ludicrous somehow manages to defeat all odds, hooks up with what you call a “regulation hottie,” and sticks it to the people who have been making his life miserable for however long.
I guess at the end of the day is what I’m saying is that this isn’t a great movie, but it is a good movie. It’s the kind of movie I’d watch after a bad day, or in my case, a bad week. It would be the best way to get me out of a funk, because it’s bound to make me smile. And I really just can’t ask for more than that.