Look, I’m as shocked as you are.
Adam Sandler has been starring in, and producing, utter shite for years. Every so often something decent pops up, like Reign on Me and Punch-Drunk Love, but those are the diamonds in the very, very rough.
Now it seems there is another shot at redemption just around the corner, because according to the Daily Beast’s headline, “Adam Sandler Is Miraculously Great in The Meyerowitz Stories“.
First up, the synopsis:
Sandler plays Danny Meyerowitz, the eldest son of Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman), the patriarch around whom the rest of the film revolves…When Harold lands in the hospital, the family struggles with everything that’s been left unaddressed and unresolved over the years. As the Meyerowitz children are told of their father’s failing health, they’re also given a suggested list of things to say to him before their time’s up.
In order, they are:
I love you. Forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. Goodbye.
So here’s a trailer that gives you a good sense of what the film is all about:
And then a closer look at Sandler’s role in another trailer:
How about that ‘tache?
A little more praise before we part ways:
But The Meyerowitz Stories is ultimately Sandler’s movie. In the end, the five phrases that are given to the Meyerowitz children are inextricable from each other: love, forgiveness, gratitude, and farewells are tied together in the same way that families are, and in a sort of mirroring act, despite the way Baumbach introduces different themes through different characters, it’s Sandler who ties it all together.
…Sandler veers between easy cheer and vicious flare-ups that prove to be enthusiasm just as often as they are frustration. There’s no gimmick to his performance here, no wink at the audience: He’s good. It’s the same raw, emotional quality that made Punch-Drunk Love so compelling—it’s just that this love story is a familial one.
Which no doubt means the countdown has begun to the next piece of garbage like Blended or The Ridiculous Six or Pixels or…well, the list goes on.
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