Adam Sandler as Max Kessler
David Spade as Charles McMillan
Paula Patton as Heather Fishman
Catherine Bell as Dawn
Kathryn Hahn as Becca
What can I say about Adam Sandler? Well, I can begin by stating that Billy Madison, The Waterboy, and Anger Management aren’t exactly classics. They’re full of immature dialogue that seemed so much more witty when I was a teenager. But they were good comedies. Now it seems that ever since Sandler got to regularly produce his own movies, he’s gotten cocky and lazy. As if the not-so-well-concealed weight increases weren’t enough of a sign, there’s the fact his movies just haven’t been good. Enter Netflix original film The Do-Over.
Sandler and David Spade play the parts of Max Kessler and Charles McMillan, two residents of Jacksonville, Florida who have grown to hate the inconveniences of life so much that they fake their own deaths and assume stolen identities and move to Puerto Rico so that they can start life all over again. Unfortunately, one of these identities, Ronald Fishman, had a death mark on him. As a result,hitmen track them down (this is not as funny as it sounds, but we’ll get to that).
Adam Sandler is… post-Anger Management Adam Sandler. He seems bored most of the time. Thus, he is boring. This is not one of David Spade’s better performances, either. His timing is off and he lacks heart. The supporting cast lacks heart as well.
The humor is obvious, forced and unimaginative. Uninspiring use of cliches like the sloppy getaway and psycho ex-girlfriend are used all the time. So what actually could be a good plot for a comedy is ultimately ruined by execution.
Dialogue is the most important ingredient to a comedy. Above all, it’s what makes us laugh. Sure enough, it’s lacking here. Lines like “you still hung up on that skank” and “before you kill me… you farted in your sleep, like six times” reek of, “We’re not funny, but we’re trying.”
In fact, funny was the last thing I viewed this movie as. I really only laughed twice the whole film. More often, I was pressing Down on my Xbox One to check and see if it had been an hour and a half yet.
The first temptation is to wonder if I just have gotten too old to laugh. Then I remember that I still enjoyed the Jump Street movies, Deadpool, Horrible Bosses, and Space Cop.
Maybe The Do-Over just sucks.
Overall: 2 out of 10