Adam Sandler’s been the butt of many a cinema snob’s jokes (including mine) as the comedian has put out his share of critically drubbed movies (Pixels and Jack and Jill head the list). But maybe we’ve been a bit too harsh on Sandler (I know I have), and he’s getting amazing buzz at the Cannes Film Festival for his work in The Meyerowitz Stories (it’s written and directed by Noah Baumbach).
The story centers on adult siblings (Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel) who are living in the shadow of their strong minded dad (Dustin Hoffman). Emma Thompson, who worked with Hoffman in Last Chance Harvey, Adam Driver (Baumbach’s previous collaborator in While We’re Young), and Judd Hirsch co-star in the feature.
As Hoffman’s slacker son, Sandler delivers a three-dimensional performance according to Deadline. IndieWire scribe David Ehrlich gave a backhanded (yet amusing) compliment, saying that “it remains hugely frustrating how great Adam Sandler can be when he’s not making Adam Sandler movies.”
I actually dig a ton of Adam Sandler films like The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, and even That’s My Boy. I’m also a fan of his wonderful dramatic work in Spanglish, Punch-Drunk Love and the underrated Funny People (I still haven’t seen Reign Over Me or The Cobbler).
It’s ironic that Sandler’s move to Netflix with Sandy Wexler, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6 was met with derision. Netflix is the distributor behind The Meyorowitz Stories, and one would assume that Sandler is not just getting the last laugh, but maybe he was a bit ahead of the curve (with his Netflix business dealings).
WHAT IF ADAM SANDLER WINS BEST ACTOR AT CANNES. DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT IT COULD HAPPEN
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 21, 2017
Are you happy with the praise Sandler is receiving for The Meyerowitz Stories? Is Sandler an underrated actor and is the price right for the now middle-aged Happy Gilmore? Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on Adam Sandler and his body of work!!