Saturday, December 12, 2015

Movie Review: The Ridiculous 6

Adam Sandler has been on a losing streak with fans for a while now, with several bad films, such as Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Jack & Jill, and The Cobbler, and his newest film, The Ridiculous 6, has continued that trend.

This film is the first of a four film deal between Sandler and Netflix and isn't striking confidence that the rest will be any good.  The Ridiculous 6 is a satirical western comedy, taking inspiration from the classic film, The Magnificent 7.  It's satire at its not-so-finest.  There were very few points in the film that really made me laugh, and most of the ones that did were out of pure WTF shock value.

The story follows an orphan raised by Native Americans who heads out on a journey to save his long-lost father from some very bad men.  On the way, he discovers he has five half-brothers, and together they attempt to pull off a series of heists to get their father back.

Adam Sandler is joined again by director Frank Coraci and writer Tim Herlihy in this cross between A Million Ways To Die In The West and You Don't Mess With The Zohan.  Sandler and Coraci worked together on such films as The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Click, and Blended, while Herlihy worked with him on several of his Happy Madison Production films including Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, and several more.

Sandler plays White Knife/Tommy, the son of Nick Nolte's Frank Stockburn, and greatest warrior to live.  His five brothers are played by Rob Schneider, Taylor Lautner, Jorge Garcia, Terry Crews, and Luke Wilson.  We also see such talents as Will Forte, Harvey Keitel, Danny Trejo, and even Vanilla Ice.

However, even a great cast can't save a bad movie.  From the get go, the satire went a little too far, while some of the jokes just fell flat.  I really only truly laughed a handful of times.  One shining moment in the film was the "invention of baseball" scene.  I really enjoyed it.  But other than a few funny parts, this film was a missed opportunity for Sandler and Netflix.  Hopefully, their next film, The Do Over, will be of a better caliber.

The Merc's Score: 4/10

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