Review: Sandler's 'Nights' cinematic excrement
Humor- and intelligence-free, and loaded with waste
By Ben Nuckols
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 Posted: 12:14 PM EST
(AP) -- After wowing critics -- and alienating some of his fans -- with the whimsical, ambitious "Punch-Drunk Love," Adam Sandler must feel that the world needs him to return to his grubby roots.
So arrives the execrable "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights," a humor-free animated musical that's as close to Sandler's own juvenile sensibility as Paul Thomas Anderson's delightful film was removed from it.
The Sandler formula, carried over from the live-action star vehicles which, like this one, he co-wrote, goes something like this: Devise a situation in which Sandler can be as childish and hostile as possible, cram in as many puerile gags as the PG-13 rating can bear (that's quite a few), and introduce a bland, unthreatening love interest who gradually redeems him.
"Eight Crazy Nights" follows the recipe with joyless rigidity, while the animated format strips Sandler of his spontaneity -- and, if possible, makes him even less subtle.