The Ridiculous 6 trailer has arrived, and the cast isn’t any more promising than the humor. Adam Sandler seems to be giving up as he enters a four-film deal with Netflix, according to Coming Soon.
Critics have slammed Sandler for years now, claiming he’s just not trying any more, and most of the time they’re right. His earlier films are proving to be among his best, though some recent ones are passable just because they try something new.
I’m one of those people who enjoyed Pixels, even though I could see the flaws. It wasn’t as funny as it was probably trying to be, and Kevin James didn’t help, but I still liked it more than Wreck-It Ralph. Unlike previous films attempting to capitalize on video game characters, it actually kept many of them recognizable.
However, most of Adam Sandler’s filmography is just phoned-in humor and horrible delivery with the same people he always uses, plus a few famous or decent actors to get butts in seats. Sadly, it is this recycling of actors which helped get John Turturro from the list of respected thespians to the proverbial bottom of the barrel. Turturro’s involvement in the first three Michael Bay Transformers films didn’t improve his image either.
In the new Ridiculous 6 trailer, we see Adam Sandler playing the role of a knife-wielding cowboy who blatantly rips off Assassin’s Creed‘s parkour. This is ridiculous, because in real life, anyone with a decent aim could easily shoot him on his way down. What tops off the stupidity in that scene is the guy who tried to shoot him actually appears frustrated. He even attempts to give Sandler a Lone Ranger or Batman level of notoriety by yelling, “What are you?”
Yes, this is how the Ridiculous 6 trailer starts, shortly after Sandler uses the trope of simply changing his voice a little to announce he’s going to rob a bank. Much like most of his other films, he allegedly depends too much on making actors look stupid. Mel Brooks got away with it in Blazing Saddles, but at least Mel Brooks didn’t cater to the lowest common denominator.
What baffles most critics is how actors like John Turturro, once held in such high regard, are actually helping Sandler perpetuate his career. Among the remaining Ridiculous 6 cast, whose careers are already in the proverbial gutter by now are Taylor Lautner (Twilight), Vanilla Ice (Cool as Ice), Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo), and Jon Lovitz (Little Nicky).
Add in major historical figures like Wyatt Earp, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, and General Custer. Several of them are obviously from very different time periods and parts of the United States, showing Adam Sandler has a film which isn’t even trying to be accurate.
I find it interesting that maybe one of these historical characters appears in the first Ridiculous 6 trailer (Wyatt Earp, played by country star Blake Shelton).
— The Hollywood News (@thncom) October 27, 2015
Before the Ridiculous 6 trailer is even over, we’re given a scene where Tommy’s (Sandler) posse all do their best to look like complete idiots. Considering the way the Native American cast walked away from the film because of its script, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, it’s no secret that Adam Sandler allegedly has zero respect for anyone involved in his movies. I wonder how he even managed to get any Native Americans to stick around and finish the film, other than possibly massive bribes.
When the trailer openly admits this bunch of characters is the “West’s most unwanted,” it’s almost as though it’s talking about the Ridiculous 6 cast and producer.
The movie may prove to be funny at times, but I’m keeping my expectations low. Adam Sandler just isn’t trying any more, if the Ridiculous 6 trailer is any indication.
What do you think of the trailer?
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