As somebody who has long defended Adam Sandler‘s career, his reportedly great turn in Judd Apatow‘s upcoming dramedy Funny People has a lot riding on it for yours truly. If his performance is solid in the vein of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love, or even James L. Brook’s Spanglish, I’ll be pleased and able to take solace as Funny People becomes a smash hit and others see the guy’s underlying skills. If Sandler surpasses the work in those two films, however, I’ll feel redeemed.
Sure, the guy has made a slew of fecal-wraps (Little Nicky, that Zohan one), but there’s an audience for the dumbass humor of his inferior efforts. It’s not me, per say, but teenage boys and the such devour that shit with a spoon. Besides, it’s not like he’s made something as catastrophically bad as the Wayans Brothers’ Little Man, where he put his head on a baby’s body or something….
…..actually, on second thought, he has. Don’t crucify the guy yet, though: it’s a movie within Funny People, not a real production. The fake flick—that could very much happen in real-life Hollywood, sadly—is called “Re-Do,” and stars Sandler’s character “George Simmons” along with Justin Long, and it’s pretty great. Meant to show one of Simmons’ career highlights. Hopefully, Funny People has more faux scenes where this one came from. Check it out, over at Funny or Die: