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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
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Adam Sandler
Jackie Titone
Austin Stout.
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Seth Kearsley.
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Brooks Arthur
Allen Covert
Adam Sandler.
Running Time
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Adam Sandler’s 8 Crazy Nights


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Plot
In the run-up to yuletide, smalltown loser and boozer, Davey Stone, is put on probation and then forced to move in with overly optimistic, elderly basketball coach Whitey Duvall. Will Davey learn the true meaning of Christmas spirit? Well, whaddya reckon? Doh!


Review
Adam Sandler once admitted that he makes movies primarily for himself and his friends. Well, Empire can only wonder how his friends will repay him after seeing 8 Crazy Nights. By avoiding him, probably.


Essentially a Sandler movie — central character with rage issues; oddball supporting characters; surreal edge — in animated form, at times 8 Crazy Nights threatens to be a balls-out piss-take of traditional animation. But Sandler and co. presumably lost their nerve (early sequences in which, for example, a reindeer licks a man covered in frozen shit soon give way to sentimental guff), while the ho-ho-ho factor is non-existent.


Factor in Nickelodeon-quality animation and astoundingly cynical product placement (in a cartoon, don’t forget), and you’ve got a movie that would depress even Santa.


Verdict
File under ‘What the hell were they thinking?’. With this, and Mr. Deeds, Sandler’s pulled off quite the combo. Avoid like the plague.


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