“The Do-Over”

I hadn’t watched an Adam Sandler movie since “Just Go with It,” which was released five years ago. I said, “Never again,” but five years later, here I am.

Sandler plays Max, a charismatic (and insane) old friend of Charlie’s (David Spade). Max convinces the miserable Charlie to ride on his yacht one day and the two catch up until it explodes! Charlie wakes up and finds that Max faked their deaths to give them a second chance at living how they want to live. And of course, there’s a price.

I wanted to watch “The Do-Over” because I wanted to see what an action-comedy from Sandler and Spade would be like. Well, it’s bad. This movie has all of the usual tropes in an Adam Sandler movie:

-An obscene amount of product placement.

-Casting of Sandler’s friends including Luis Guzman, Sean Astin, Nick Swardson, Torsten Voges, and Jonathan Lougran.

-Gross-out body humor.

-Racism.

-Dick jokes.

-Violent gags.

-Cruelty towards women and kids.

-Adam Sandler being a violent psycho.

There’s more than that in “The Do-Over.” This movie is incredibly uneven. It begins as a tale of men having a mid-life crisis, as Spade is the textbook example of pathetic. It’s more uneven in its second hour when the action starts. That’s when there’s a confusing conspiracy and a dark subplot involving cancer, while still telling gay jokes? Lovely….

There are a couple of mildly funny lines where Sandler pokes fun at himself, but I would have liked more of this humor and less of his usual shtick. But I’m back on the wagon, so don’t expect me to review any Adam Sandler movies moving forward.

Grade: D-

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