Anger Management (2003)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A girl secretly hatches a grand plan (with the help of an eccentric psychiatrist) to instigate his submissive boyfriend who is constantly bullied in his personal and professional life.
2) A comedy of odd couple,  full of quirky characters and witty dialogues. A sure shot Adam Sandler entertainer.
3) An effective supporting cast and memorable cameos by Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, & Heather Graham.

 

 

 

CONS –
1) The cameo by Rudy Giuliani and the Yankees Team at the end is equally cringy.

 

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Buddy Rydell: Let me explain something to you, Dave. There are two kinds of angry people in this world: explosive and implosive. Explosive is the kind of individual you see screaming at the cashier for not taking their coupons. Implosive is the cashier who remains quiet day after day and finally shoots everyone in the store. You’re the cashier.
Dave Buznik: No, no, no. I’m the guy hiding in the frozen food section dialing 911. I swear.

Uncut Gems (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) How Much Land Does a Man Need? Safdie Brothers recreated Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of greed. A gambling addict risked it all but paid with his life.
2) Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner gave his performance of a lifetime. Never Before.
3) The movie reminds me of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956), where the audiences are rooting for the protagonist to win but the climactic twist will leave everyone shell-shocked.
4) Kevin Garnett’s playing himself gives great weightage to the plot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Howard Ratner: I know, I know. Jews and colon cancer. What’s is that? I thought we were the chosen people.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A love story of a sociopath. I see shades of Marty (1955).
2) Unique soundtrack by Jon Brion including “Hands and Feet”.
3) Adam Sandler vs Philip Seymour Hoffman epic confrontation over the phone.
4) Exceptional cinematography by Robert Elswit

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Barry: I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.

Murder Mystery (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie kind of pan-European whodunit murder-mystery with a diverse list of suspects. Instead of Hercule Poirot, it’s the bumbling couple of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

 
CONS –
1) One time watch.
2) A better supporting cast would’ve been nice.

 

QUOTE –
Charles Cavendish: That is the Quince dagger. Chinese steel, jewels from across the Orient. A gift to the family from Marco Polo. Or so the legend says.
Audrey Spitz: God. Nick’s grandmother gave us a toaster from Sears. Or so the legend says.

The Week Of (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Funny subplots – Uncle Lustig from WWII, huge booze bottles
2) Katie Hartman as Robin is a revelation
3) Steve Buscemi got best lines

 

Cons –
1) Run of the mill Adam Sandler movie
2) Chris Rock’s half-cooked role

 

Quote –
Airline Staff : This is an airport wheelchair.And I’m actually gonna need it back.Someone needs it more, sir.
Kenny: Oh! Someone needs it more than this guy?

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller together

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s a Wes Anderson movie not directed by Wes Anderson
2) Pretentious movie – Wannabe Nebraska
3) Dustin Hoffman as Harold – one annoying character

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Harold: It’s called flirting when you’re young. I’m not sure what it’s called when you’re over 70.

Funny People (2009)

Funny People

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Seth Rogen chemistry with Aubrey Plaza – their love-hate arguments drenched with sarcasm were well written and executed.
2) Cameos – Ray Romano Vs Eminem
3) A good Adam Sandler film in ages

 

Cons –
1) Abrupt Climax

 

Quote –
“I am sick of these guys’ rap songs. They say ‘Girl, drop it like it’s hot’, ‘Shake it’. I want to make a rap song that says ‘Boy, brush your teeth, give me your jacket, I’m fucking freezing.”

The Benchwarmers (2006)

The Benchwarmers

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Anti-bully theme
2) Over-age Carlos’s birth-certificate scene.

 

CONS –
1) A decent story with poor-execution. It could’ve been a lot funnier with a better screenplay.

 

QUOTE –
Carlos: Me tummy, es sicko.
Umpire: Well you got proof he’s a kid?
Gus: Come on! Look at his beard. He’s 50.
Wayne: Not according to birth certifico.
Umpire: He’s got documentation. Play ball!

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Grown Ups 2

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The 80’s Themed Party

 

Cons –
2) Deer urine humor. That scene summarises the level of effort made in this movie.

 

Quote –
Kurt McKenzie: I can’t believe nobody’s even scared of a black guy anymore! Damn you, Obama!