June 8, 2008
I honestly wasn't expecting much of this movie. I personally am rather sick of the slapstick comedy that has engulfed the entertainment industry in recent years (i.e., superbad, American Wedding, etc). It was all funny for a while but not it seems that it has gone too far. It seems like the industry is run on the dollar as opposed to the artist: rolling out the same ol', same ol' films that seem to be generating revenue. Who am I to say that those films aren't art though, they are. However, I think our comedies should be sproused up a bit. What happened to the Philadelphia stories. Anyway...enough nostalgia. I was expecting to get the same Adam Sandler humor this time around, but I decided to give it a chance because the trailer looked funny (especially when he rendered that child unconscious). I envisioned the film it as Big Daddy meets James Bond set in Israel...
Well, I must say that this film was actually suprising and had a pretty good core message under all of the slapstick, unbelievable humor. The shtick from the film was actually pretty good and pretty funny. John Torturro had me flat out laughting a few times -- he played an infamous terrorist called The Phantom.
Be warned, the film might cross the line with some viewers (with all of the Hummus and Israeli jokes) but I think overall it was a good film. Adam Sandler is good in it, and I haven't been the biggest fan of his work lately (except for in Click, which was his best work, in my opinion -- film almost had me tearing).
If you don't have much to do and want to be entertained (and AREN'T LOOKING FOR ANY SORT OF BELIEVABILITY IN A FILM WHATSOEVER) I'd say that you should go see this film. If you're an Adam Sandler fan, you'll love it!