Last week in the mens' room at work, I found an article of anti-Semetic propaganda resting on the paper towel bin. It claimed that "The Jewish control of the American mass media" is the most dangerous fact of life in the world today, more so than "plague, famine, collapse, even nuclear war." I read the flyer briefly and chuckled. Chuckled because I'd gone to the movie theatre the night before and seen a movie called Eight Crazy Nights
. A story set during--and only loosely to do with--Chanukah.
Well, I can't speak of the entertainment industry on the whole, but I think it's safe to say... Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
does not own the box office.
Yes, this is an Adam Sandler movie, but one might've expected a bit more intelligence put into a holiday tale. Sadly, Eight Crazy Nights
is less intelligent than a number of his films. The only stroke of genius here is in the concept itself: Take a classic holiday morality-tale, somewhere along the lines of It's a Wonderful Life
, and give it a modern spin & attitude.
The concept is interesting, but the implementation thereof is wholly disappointing. By presenting Eight Crazy Nights
as a holiday film--an animated one, at that--Sandler automatically implies there is a level of kid-friendliness to it. However, he incorporates some of his most grotesque humor to date--more on par with his comedy albums than his movies. The two just don't mix well. Even the adults in the audience, and the fans of Sandler's crude humor, aren't sure what to feel.
The morality tale is not very well-developed either. For a modern spin, one would expect some ambiguity involved in the lesson to be learned. Instead, this aspect of the story comes off as very simple and preachy, and in combination with the style of humor used in the film, hypocritical.
The animation is a point to brag about. Animated Davey Stone is a spot on rendering of real-life Adam Sandler. Beautiful colors are used throughout the film, and would've made it one of the most dazzling holiday toons of all time were the writing befitting.
I find it hard to tell if I enjoyed this film or not. I did enjoy the novelty involved in watching an old-timey holiday cartoon, and I enjoyed some of Adam's crude humor... But I've been incapable of putting the two aspects together and enjoying it on the whole.
I'm guessing the key to this film may be to ignore the holiday tale it's set in and watch it just for the crude humor. If you're a fan of his albums, you'll probably be entertained. The humor and the voices are very much the same.
First thing's first: DON'T
take children younger than teenagers to see this film. It's lewd, even for a PG-13 movie.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of crude humor, or if you're expecting a typical holiday film. Eight Crazy Nights
is anything but typical, and I think that's what I like most about it. It attempted to be very different, and even if it didn't succeed, one may find interest at watching Sandler's attempt.
With that in mind, this still might be better suited as a rental than one to see in theatres. Even if you are a fan of his crude humor, you'll find it easier to enjoy this film in the comfort of your own home than laughing at some rather disgusting scenes in a roomful of strangers.