Being a fan of Adam Sandler in 2016 is not an easy task. It’s pretty damn difficult. I mean you try to look someone in the eye and proclaim your fandom to the man who made That’s My Boy. It makes you look ridiculous… Speaking of which.
In the Old Wild West, Tommy Stockburn (or “White Knife”) is a white man living in a Native American reserve. He was taken in by this reserve after his single mother was killed by an infamous outlaw. Decades later, Frank Stockburn, his outlaw father, seeks out Tommy in order to give his inheritance to him. Unfortunately, another cowboy kidnaps his father before he can give the money to Tommy. Going off nothing more than a clue, Tommy takes on the outlaw persona in an attempt to steal enough money to clear Frank’s debt. Along the way, he runs into five other men who also happen to be Frank’s sons.
This is the only nontheatrical movie in our countdown. It’s a straight to Netflix film. But don’t worry; this is still your typical Happy Madison film. And let’s get this out of the way. If you don’t like Happy Madison movies, you won’t like this one. The real question is whether or not this will appeal to Sandler fans, and I’d say it’s decent on that end.
I thought this movie was funny. Sure it’s low-brow humor just as you’d expect, but once in a while you need that. There’s lots of gross-out humor, sarcasm, insult humor, gags and toilet humor here. You know, the typical stuff. A lot of the humor is mainly for the sake of parody. One of the more memorable jokes had Steve Buscemi as a doctor performing the obviously outdated medical practices of the time.
A good bunch of the comedy comes from the performances of our six heroes: Adam Sandler, Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider and Luke Wilson. All of them play very different characters that fit them well. Sandler takes on a surprisingly reserved role this time around. I kinda dig it. Will Forte plays Frank Stockburn and is by far the best performance of the movie.
The setting is also authentic as can be, both the towns and the Indian reserves. The few times there are special effects, they’re handled decently. And I do appreciate that this film took the high road by not mocking the Native Americans. It pokes a bit, but isn’t racist.
Is this film flawed? Hell yeah! I’m not blind to that. This like many Sandler movies is hit-and-miss with their jokes. Some of them repeat, and others are just needlessly gross or unnecessary. While I do commend the movie being story-driven instead of just a concept with jokes moving it forward, this story is nothing you haven’t seen before. I guess that’s the point, though. As for memorability, I do recall a lot currently mainly because I saw it last month. I don’t see it sticking with me for long, though.
I did enjoy the movie, though. I appreciate this movie taking a few risks. They aren’t leaps, but they’re steps in the right direction. If you’re curious about it, try it out. It’s free anyway.
This won’t be the last time we cover a Sandler production. There are two others. The next one is coming sooner than you think, so stay tuned.
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