Great news for fans of Adam Sandler movies: Netflix promises at least four more.
If history’s any guide, they’ll be awful – and hugely profitable. Although his past Netflix projects have earned withering reviews and drawn accusations of ethnic insensitivity, they make tons of money.
“A film that gets markedly dumber with every passing minute,” wrote Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com in reviewing Georgia-filmed “The Do-Over,” co-starring David Spade, Sean Astin and Paula Patton.
“The Do-Over,” a rambling bro thriller about high school buddies who decide to fake their deaths and relaunch their lives, logged a 5 percent rating on the critics’ clearinghouse site Rotten Tomatoes.
“Brain-dead, hopeless, annoying, pestilential crap,” wrote John Serba for MLive.com.
“Mind-numbing and tedious,’” wrote Will Ashton for The Playlist.
As scathing as its reviews were, “The Do-Over” is pretty much “Citizen Kane” compared to Sandler’s previous Netflix film, “The Ridiculous Six,” which earned a solid zero on Rotten Tomatoes. (“Thanks for nothing, Netflix,” wrote Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times in reviewing that work.)
The plot: “Six bizarre and diverse strangers in the Wild West discover that they all share the same father, and the newfound brothers embark on a journey to find their dad.”
The 2015 movie sparked controversy well ahead of its launch date over its portrayal of Native Americans. Native actor Loren Anthony walked off the set early in production.
“My dignity is NOT FOR SALE!” he posted on his social media platforms, using the hashtag #WalkOffNetflix.
Bruce Klinekole, an Apache who was to be the movie’s Native American cultural consultant, parted ways after he “objected to the Netflix production’s repeated gross misrepresentations of Apache culture,” according to an interview with Indian Country Today Media Network. “I couldn’t say anything on behalf of my Native people or on behalf of my Apache people who were depicted so badly,” he said.
Not everyone was upset.
“Adam Sandler is a comedian,” Navajo-Cree actor Dyron Thompson said in an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican. “He pokes fun at different people and cultures for a laugh. This is not a movie to be taken seriously.”
Everyone could probably agree on that last point.
“’The Ridiculous 6’ is everything wrong with Hollywood for the past two decades,” wrote Debbie Day for TheWrap.
“It’s a lazy pastiche of Westerns and Western spoofs, replete with lazy, racist jokes that can’t just be waved away with a waft of the irony card. Woeful,” lamented Brad Newsome for The Age.
Someone’s watching though. Notes Deadline: “Over his career, Sandler’s films have grossed more than $3 billion, and his last theatrical vehicle, ‘Pixels,’ grossed $230 million worldwide on about a $70 million budget.”
So, four more are coming our way.
“Adam Sandler one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely successful with our subscribers around the world,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’ Chief Content Officer, told Deadline. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend our partnership with Adam and his entire team at Happy Madison and keep the world laughing.”