To parallel the release of Tarantino’s Hateful 8, Adam Sandler presents The Ridiculous 6, the first film through his deal with Netflix. Speaking of which, the film recently broke a record for being the most-watched movie opening in Netfilx history. This is a great success both for Netflix and Sandler whose work has been wavering a bit theatrically.
As for the film itself, it’s what you would expect from Adam Sandler although this one’s a bit better than some of his more recent faire. Some of his films lately have been very formulaic where this one is a bit more original and fun. A western surrounding 6 brothers from the same outlaw father, Sandler plays a man raised by indians sent on a quest reuniting his family and saving their father. Along the way, the brothers must raise money to save their father by stealing from the bad guys of the west. And of course, antics ensue.
There’s plenty of slap sticky moments (I was raised on The 3 Stooges and Abott and Costello so I have an appreciation for this brand of humor), as well as silly dialog and visuals. Sandler plays his white man with Indian powers straight and tough, he’s no Clint Eastwood but that’s probably on purpose. One of the more fun portrayals from the acting standpoint is (believe or not) Taylor Lautner. His portrayal of the simpleton brother Lil’ Pete is pretty damn funny and very consistent, he really gets lost in the role and excels in his delivery of it. All of the actors involved bring enjoyable, engaging performances to the screen. Funnily enough, the most ridiculous thing about the film is the amount of recognizable names in it. The lineup itself is jam packed with talent including Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Will Forte, Steve Zahn, Harvey Keitel, Nick Nolte, Jon Lovitz, Whitney Cummings, David Spade, Danny Trejo, Nick Swardson, Blake Shelton, Julia Jones, Steve Buscemi, Norm MacDonald, Chris Kattan, and Vanilla Ice as Mark Twain??
The story itself is somewhat predictable but has some a-ha moments as well such as the brothers stumbling upon Abner DoubleDay (John Turturro) as he is inventing the game of Sticky McSchnickens (baseball). The ending takes an unexpected left turn as well, which was nice to see that Sandler still challenges himself as a writer. Nicely directed and produced, it’s not a sweeping epic of the west but the film has some really nice visual moments and humorous use of effects.
Overall, if you like Sandler and the types of films he produces, you’ll probably get a kick of The Ridiculous 6, presented in 4K!
reviewed by Sean McKnight