Wednesday, December 17, 2014
12 Movies of Christmas: Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
Despite the criticism that Adam Sandler receives for his films (which I doubt he cares about because he always ends up laughing his way to the bank), one thing that I always tend to forget about and that plenty other audience members tend to forget about is how plenty of his comedies have heart as well as laughs. Even films of his that I'm not a fan of like Jack and Jill and That's My Boy tend to be sentimental. While Eight Crazy Nights offers a good amount of laughs, there is a good amount of emotion that has Sandler finding that right balance.
Eight Crazy Nights follows the story of a loner named Davey Stone (Adam Sandler) who is a drunken delinquent and when he is arrested once again. When hope seems lost for him, a dwarf-like man with a heart of gold named Whitey Duvall steps in and not only tries to help him get his act together, but maybe open closed doors about his past.
One thing I liked was the voice work from Adam Sandler. He does the voice of Davey, Whitey, and even Whitey's sister Eleanore yet I kept forgetting that it was him voicing all of those characters. But he brings a surprising amount of pathos to voicing the character of Davey, who is rough around the edges yet was never always that way. Much like Click and Punch-Drunk Love, this performance shows just how capable Sandler is as a dramatic actor. Another voice actor I really liked was Rob Schneider who plays Mr. Chang, the owner of the town Chinese restaurant. I thought he was very funny.
As I said, the film has a good amount of both humor and pathos. Not only that does that shine through in the story, but even the musical numbers. Some of which let out a few cracks while others just tug at the heartstrings and yet there are others that do a bit of both. But the story is something that people can easily connect with as it deals with grief and the different ways that people deal with grief. While the way we watch Davey deal with his own grief may not necessarily be gut-wrenching to watch to the point where you want to look away, it is a slight harsh watch just because of the event that is the backdrop for the story.
Overall, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights is a humorous yet heart-wrenching animated romp. It may not exactly be for the whole family due to its PG-13 rating, but it is still a treat for those of age.
Would I Recommend It?:
If you are an Adam Sandler fan, then yes, absolutely. But if not, then I would still say watch it and give it a chance. You might be surprised by it.