The Do-Over (2016)
"The Do-Over" stars Adam Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, and Nick Swardson. Released on Netflix on May 27, 2016, the film has two friends faking their own deaths so they can start their lives over with new identities.
The film is directed by Steven Brill, who also directed films such as Heavyweights, Little Nicky, and Without a Paddle. It is the second in a four-film deal between Sandler and Netflix and the third collaboration between Sandler and Brill, after Little Nicky and Mr. Deeds. You may have noticed that I haven't reviewed a Netflix-exclusive film in a while since Pee-Wee's Big Holiday back in March. Well, you see, there was another film on Netflix that I should be looking at, but I didn't get a chance to do that, so…oops. Anyway, I decided to get back to my 'Netflix and Chill' stuff by reviewing the latest Adam Sandler film that just came out today. Sandler started off his four-picture deal with Netflix on the wrong foot with The Ridiculous Six back in December, but his latest film was actually quite enjoyable.
The performances were good, including Sandler as Max and Spade as Charlie.
The humor was hit-and-miss depending on your sense of humor. To me, it was pretty funny, but not memorable.
Decent screenplay and direction.
The story is OK.
The pacing's a little slow at certain points.
The third act is pretty ridiculous.
Final thoughts: While not the best comedy I've seen from Sandler and his gang, "The Do-Over" is a big improvement over The Ridiculous Six thanks to some respectable performances (including Sandler) and its humor. Sure, it plays out like a typical Adam Sandler comedy in terms of the story, but it's not as crazy or over-the-top as the recent Sandler comedies that we have nowadays, so that's a plus. If you're a fan of Sandler and his films, chances are you might like this film as well.
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