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Bucky Larson and 5 Other Bad Adam Sandler Movies

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October 3rd, 2011

There’s a part of me that likes Adam Sandler.  Or at least the idea of the lovable loser that stands up to bullies and loves the elderly and the underdog.  I’ve enjoyed parts of all Sandler’s films and especially enjoyed his dramatic turns in movies produced by someone else.  However, I don’t know how many more Happy Madison productions I can take.  The newest entry comes out this week and stars a slew of Happy Madison regulars.  It’s called Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star.  Bucky lives in Iowa but decides to follow in his parents footsteps to Hollywood after he learns that they were both famous porn stars.  That set-up makes Little Nicky seem almost intelligent.  While I’m sure I won’t waste theatre money on Bucky Larson, I’ll probably rent it when it comes out on DVD.  Like I said, I want to like Sandler and his films.  I really do.  Unfortunately, I’ve been let down before.  Here’s a list of the worst Adam Sandler films of them all.  I’ll keep it at five out of the goodness of my heart.

1 – Little Nicky – My wife and I rented Little Nicky from the motel TV, and it might be the worst film I’ve ever seen.  Sandler is the son of Satan and comes to Earth to save the family from extinction.  I don’t know, something like that.  We should have just watched the Spice Channel.

2 – Billy Madison – While I certainly didn’t mind looking at Bridgette Wilson off and on for an hour and a half, the rest of this film was squirm-worthy.  The classroom scenes are absurd and the supporting performances by the likes of Norm MacDonald and Bradley Whitford are borderline embarrassing.  I know that’s the point to some extent, but it’s still painful to watch.

3 – Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo – I actually kinda like Rob Schneider, but how many vehicles can possibly be created for him as the lead character?  Sandler produced this flop.  I realize they make a good bottom line, but I’d love to see the humor become at least slightly more cerebral.

4 – The Hot Chick – See Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.

5 – I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry – I actually went into this one with pretty high hopes.  Looking back, I have no idea why.  I like Kevin James and Paul Blart turned out to be a decent bit of fun from the pair, but Chuck and Larry set my IQ back double digits.  And I can’t afford to take that kind of hit.  Easily the lamest, most hypocritical script of the decade.

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