Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 opened Friday, July 12, posting strong box office numbers and appears to be appealing to audiences – although it hasn’t won support from many critics. While critics aren’t always singing praises, most will agree that Sandler has produced some funny and very well-liked films over the years. Here’s our top 10.
10. The Longest Yard - available in HitBliss
Featuring Sandler and his Grown Ups 2 co-star Chris Rock as a couple of prisoners who pull together a football team that competes against the guards. The film is a remake of the 1974 movie with the same name. The cast features several real football players and Burt Reynolds, who played the lead role in the original.
9. Anger Management
Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson team up in this acerbically funny film about a businessman (Sandler) who is considered to have an anger problem after a string of misunderstandings. He is stuck with Dr. Buddy Rydell, an erratic therapist who seems to bring more anger out of the lead character instead of enabling him to face stress calmly. One of the many memorable moments in the film features Sandler and Nicholson singing “I Feel Pretty” from the musical West Side Story.
8. Happy Gilmore - available in HitBliss
One of Sandler’s earlier hits, Happy Gilmore offers many of the comedic elements that have become associated with the Sandler brand – hijinks, childlike ruses, and slapstick humor. The hero of the film is Happy – an unsuccessful hockey player who discovers his knack for golf. This movie had to make the list because watching longtime Price is Right host Bob Barker knock Adam Sandler unconscious is…well, priceless.
7. Funny People
Comics unite in this funny film about funny people, starring Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman. Judd Apatow, Sandler’s former roommate in real life, directs. Compared to some of Apatow and Sandler’s other comedies, this tale of comedian who realizes he has a fatal disorder features more emotionally stirring moments.
6. Punch-Drunk Love
Sandler boasts some indie cred for his role in this quirky rom-com directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Sandler stars opposite Emily Watson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The movie was screened at Cannes, earning Anderson the 2002 title of Best Director. The film also earned Sandler a Golden Globe nomination.
5. 50 First Dates
This comedy features some of the juvenile humor that Sandler is known for, but also has a lot of heart and soul. Sandler stars as a man who falls in love with a woman (Drew Barrymore) suffering short-term memory loss after a car accident.
4. The Waterboy
Bobby Boucher is an iconic character that takes great pride in his role of providing “high-quality H20” to football players. Hollywood all-stars Kathy Bates and Henry Winkler bring their acting genius to the table as Boucher’s mom and football coach, respectively. In the midst of all the goofiness, Bobby evolves as a very innocent and lovable character – tapping into the audiences’ desire to see the underdog win.
3. Billy Madison
One of his earliest productions, Billy Madison is a sure hit with Sandler fans. The film introduced Sandler’s brand of humor to those who hadn’t discovered him during his time on Saturday Night Live. Among the most memorable scenes is one involving Chris Farley, a penguin and a field.
2. The Wedding Singer - available in HitBliss
The Wedding Singer is the first time Sandler and Drew Barrymore paired up to make a film, to the glee of movie fans everywhere. Sandler and Barrymore are both dating people who take them for granted, and they slowly become closer to one another as they form a friendship. By the end, Sandler declares his love for Barrymore by performing a self-written song on a plane with some encouragement from Billy Idol to boot.
1. Big Daddy
In Big Daddy, Sandler plays a thirty-something bachelor, Sonny Koufax, who refuses to grow up and take any sort of responsibility. He unexpectedly ends up as a caretaker for a young boy, Julian, who is the illegitimate son of his roommate – who just left for China with his fiancé. The dynamic between Sonny and Julian is both endearing and funny.
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