Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Do-over

It’s becoming common place to see films released on demand whilst they're still in the cinemas. Unsurprisingly, theatres aren’t too keen on this but some films just aren't worth the price of the big screen experience not because they’re not any good but because they’re just not suitable for the big screen. In the case of Netflix, however, they aren’t even getting a cinematic release, films such as Beasts of No Nation and Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 were released exclusively on Netflix.

In Adam Sandler’s second film of an exclusive four film deal with Netflix, bank manager Charlie McMillan (David Spade) is tricked by his friend, Max Kessler (Adam Sandler), into faking his death and assuming a new identity. These new identities give Max and Charlie a lavish lifestyle, but this lifestyle comes at a costs as it seems that the two assumed identities are targets of a group of assassins.

The Do-over is the second film of Adam Sandler’s four film deal with Netflix, with The Ridiculous 6 being the first which, like many Sandler films, was received poorly but had plenty of viewers. The general consensus is that The Do-over is the better film, which must mean The Ridiculous 6 is worse than dreadful. The films of Adam Sandler, especially in recent years, are hardly the height of comic wit, but it’s difficult to find a film as witless as Sandler’s latest film where he goes to nice holiday destinations and pisses about with friends and then charges others the "privilege" to watch him have more fun than any viewer has whilst watching the film.

I recall laughing once in a scene where Max shoots a flare gun at some bikini clad women on a boat but I began to feel almost uncomfortable laughing at this as the film’s misogyny begins to be problematic and offensively blatant. Women are treated with a complete lack of respect with one character being a crazy ex-girlfriend whilst another is constantly labelled a whore for having sex (whilst a male character is congratulated for doing the same thing).

Plot wise the film is boring, the performance are passable at best (has Paula Patton done something wrong to be involved in so many awful projects?) and the action sequences bland and generic. It’s an immature film, but I didn’t really expect anything else.


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