Adam Sandler is Still Doing What He Loves, Making us Laugh
If by now you are not familiar with the work of actor/comedian Adam Sandler, then you probably have not been paying attention. Releasing a steady stream of movies every year since 1995's Billy Madison, Sandler has continued to bring his brand of tongue-in-cheek slapstick comedy to whatever new levels that kind of comedy can rise to. His success at this point is due to his familiarity to the audience, but it wasn't always that way.
Sandler, like many comedians destined to be stars, worked his way up through the stand-up circuit. In the minds of many his big break came with joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in the mid-1990's, but really it was MTV who gave Sandler his first shot at success in 1988 with his occasional appearances on their show Remote Control. Though many hardcore fans might remember him as Schecky Moskowitz in his 1989 film Going Overboard which didn't exactly break the box office, but gave us a glimpse at the Adam Sandler to come.
Never shy with the fart jokes, Sandler has built a career off perfecting the art of potty humor, bringing his friends along for the ride. Rob Schneider, David Spade, Kevin James, Chris Rock, all stars in their own right, have crossed paths with Sandler numerous times. The 2010 film Grown Ups explored this friendship, starring all five actors and other Sandler regulars. It did not however star Allan Covert, star of the 2006 comedy hit Grandma's Boy. Covert has appeared in nearly all of Sandlers movies, credited as a co-writer in them as well.
1998 was a huge year for Sandler. He had left SNL and was gunning to become a movie star. The endearing romance The Wedding Singer and the deep south football comedy The Waterboy shoved him into the funny bone of most of middle class America, both movies doing well in and out of the box office. After a couple more comedies, Sandler tried his hand at drama starring in the Paul Thomas Anderson romance Punch Drunk Love.
Punch Drunk Love was an interesting experiment for Sandler, but showed his fans that he wasn't ready to be pigeonholed into the style of comedy they were used to seeing. The movie gave Sandler the freedom to act outside his comfort zone. It was the perfect role for Sandler and he pulled it off with excellent resolve. Next up for Sandler was animation, and in my opinion out of this came one of the best animated holiday movies ever, Eight Crazy Nights. A semi-musical tale about finding redemption during the holidays, Sandler basically played a rude version of himself. Lessons were learned.Continued on the next page