2016 Movie Countdown: The Do-Over (#43)


I only shot him cause you tag-teamed his wife!

The Do-Over is a Netflix original action-comedy film by Happy Madison Productions.

Charlie McMillan lives a miserable life. He hates his job as a bank manager, hates his irritable wife, and despises his rotten step-children. He attends his high school reunion and is surprised to meet up with his old high school buddy, Max Kessler. Max is doing fairly well for himself and invites Charlie to spend the weekend on his yacht. The yacht soon explodes, and Charlie wakes up in a motel room where Max tells him he did it on purpose to fake their deaths and start anew. Max prepares two fake identities for him and Charlie, and Charlie soon accepts his new life. However, things go South when they learn their identities were involved in criminal activities.

Pros: It’s refreshing to see a Happy Madison film not being led by Adam Sandler for a change (even though I like Adam Sandler). Instead, he plays support to the film’s real protagonist, David Spade. If you’ve seen a Sandler film in the last ten years, you’ll know that Spade and Sandler have excellent comedic chemistry, and that shines through in this buddy road trip film. The two have excellent chemistry with neither outshining the other comedically. The supporting actors also do serviceable jobs keeping up with Spade and Sandler.

If you’ve grown weary of how mean-spirited the Happy Madison films have been lately, you may find The Do-Over is slightly refreshing. This movie is marginally lighter in tone compared to films like Jack & Jill or Grown-Ups. I think that has a lot to do with the change in leading man. Because the film is from Spade’s perspective instead of Sandler’s dry and sarcastic comedy style is related to the background.

The premise isn’t anything new, but it works for this movie. We’ve seen plots about faking death before, but this film does a pretty good job keeping it interesting. The movie also has surprisingly good action scenes at times. It’s played mostly for laughs, but they’re still entertaining and fun to see transpire.

Cons: This is a Happy Madison film, which tells you everything you need to know about the film’s humor. Those who like Sandler’s brand of humor will get into this film fine, but this film does little to win over those who don’t. While Spade’s lead does provide a new flavor and tone to the film, the jokes are still in the same relative wheelhouse: gross-out humor, slapstick, running gags, and sex jokes. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the way they’re used in Happy Madison films has gotten old. Plus, Happy Madison’s penchant for overused and long-winded running gags remains the worst aspect of Sandler films.

Granted, I did like a good portion of the movie’s jokes. I did laugh, and I laughed more than a few times, too, because I’m still among those who still have a soft-spot for Adam Sandler. However, even on that level this film’s jokes aren’t very memorable. Try as I might, I can only remember a handful of jokes that made me at least half-laugh. It, like The Boss, is a film that won’t stick with you for very long, and that’s unfortunate.

Verdict: I wouldn’t call The Do-Over a bad film. Maybe it is by technical means, but I still enjoyed watching the movie. The main reason this film is ranking low on the list isn’t because of it being unfunny. It’s due to it being a generic comedy that’s only good in the moment. I wouldn’t revisit it personally, but I can think of worse things you can watch on Netflix.

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