Last night Kish and I were watching TV and saw the preview for the next Adam Sandler movie, That’s My Boy. The preview made the movie look like the worst movie in the world — which is about par for the course for Adam Sandler movie previews. They’re uniformly awful, and when the latest Adam Sandler movie is released each year, we Americans are just expected to stolidly endure them.
For years Americans cackled at the French for inexplicably admiring, and indeed finding deeper significance in, the “genius” of Jerry Lewis movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if the French chuckle at the fact that Americans have a seemingly endless appetite for low-brow Adam Sandler drivel. The movies keep getting made, so somebody must go watch them. The question is: who? You wouldn’t think there would be a sufficient audience of pathetic, friendless, unmarried 40-year-old guys who appreciate the subtle humor of a pie in the face, but apparently there are.
Watching the That’s My Boy preview, I found myself imagining how Adam Sandler movies come to be. Picture a man running away from you, down a long hallway. He bursts through the door of an office, and a Hollywood type wearing a Hawaiian shirt and about a pound of gold neck chains looks up.
Running man: “Boss, we’re ready to move forward on the next Adam Sandler project! The writers and I have come up with an entirely novel way for a man to unexpectedly get hit in the crotch!”
Producer: “That’s great, Jenkins — but that only puts us halfway there. Now you need to think of an excuse for Sandler to wear a stupid wig.”
In fairness to Sandler, I haven’t been to see one of his movies since the Happy Gilmore era. For all I know, the movies are richly rewarding, profoundly moving viewing experiences. However, I take the previews at face value, and consider them to be fair warning. If I went to see That’s My Boy and it was even close to as dreadful as the preview suggests, I’d have no one to blame but myself.