Eight Crazy Nights Movie Review
Adam Sandler, who perhaps hasn't had a good movie since 1998's The Waterboy (some may say Big Daddy in '99), tries his luck in animation with a crude cartoon that features him as drunk loser who finds the spirit during Hanukkah. The move worked.
At least temporarily. A couple months later, Anger Management came out and that was nothing to sneeze about; nonetheless, we aren't talking about that movie... We're talking about Eight Crazy Nights, a surprisingly funny and entertaining film that perhaps isn't for everyone, but is for those who like Adam Sandler's other stuff.
When I first saw the previews for this movie, I shook my head in disbelief. It looked absolutely terrible. Not only was taking the animated route a guarantee to crumble at the box office (had this been a live-action movie it probably would have opened at #1 easily), but the movie itself just looked disturbing, stupid and... well, disturbing. So what a surprise it was (a holiday miracle?) when I realized that Eight Crazy Nights was making me laugh repeatedly, despite the fact that the movie makes fun of fat children, short old men (aside from the character Davey, who looks like a cartoon version of Sandler himself, Sandler also voices Whitey, the old basketball referee who tries to help him through rough times), balding women and Asian shopkeepers (voiced by none other than Rob Schneider, of course). Sure, the jokes aren't politically correct, but most of them are clever - more clever than in most recent Sandler movies, too.
There is nothing in this review that says Eight Crazy Nights is great - it isn't - but it's pretty damn decent. Sandler should be given props for pulling off something of this nature (well, this movie tanked at the box office, so maybe not too many props). It's funny, slightly smart and well-crafted.
Though it hardly matters, the animation is pretty good, too. The whole film is very vibrant and colorful, and the musical numbers (yes, this movie is a musical) are slightly clever. In some ways, it puts some of Disney's recent traditionally-animated films to shame.
Those who do not like Adam Sandler will not like Eight Crazy Nights just because it is a cartoon, but anyone who likes his brand of humor should enjoy this hidden little gem. It is one of his better movies.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.