Director: Frank Coraci
Starring: Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson
People have hated on Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions for making stupid childish comedies for a few years now. I’ve liked many of them regardless, because they are good for a few laughs, the characters are usually decent despite how over the top they are, and the stories are different from what’s already at the cinemas. I think they are very self aware of the material they produce and realise it isn’t going to be nominated for a Oscar. So they love what they do and it’s all in the name of fun. With ‘The Ridiculous 6’ however, I’m not sure if any of that applies.
The way most comedy works is just like everything else: it’s totally dependent on the situation, characters/people involved, and how they all react to each other. Most of this movie revolves around Sandler looking for money to save his supposed father. Then he runs into one guy after another and he states that they are brothers somehow. They, for no good reason, accept it as truth, and move on to the next town or problem. One sloppy introduction after another, it gets repetitive and obnoxious, because there is no reason to care for any of them.
For example, ‘The Hangover’ series has roughly 5 main characters; it develops them over time and gives them various attributes so that either people can relate to them, on some level, or gives them enough background so it feels like a voyeuristic personal relationship with the character. This is part of the reason why the jokes work – it gives a certain believability character behaves is their natural response to whatever situation. In ‘The Ridiculous 6’, every “character” (I use that term loosely) is nearly identical to one another, simply because each one is made to be wacky. After each character appears the following happens: They introduce themselves, they blatantly state a major characteristic of themselves, something happens to display this trait and then they move on to the next subject.
This is beyond bland, and since everything is told so bluntly it leaves no impact at all. It’s really odd because I felt like they were telling me the punchline BEFORE they had told the joke (again, I use the terms “punchline” and “joke” very loosely). Sorry to be crass, but one scene literally had them talking about a donkey with explosive diarrhoea, and then, whatdya know, the scene directly after that was a shot of said donkey having explosive diarrhoea. The thing that made this worse is that they’d reference these “comedy scenes” later in the movie or even directly after they happened; a process which killed nearly all the “jokes” that are involved in the movie.
If a bad joke is bad the first time it’s told, it isn’t going to get funnier if it’s repeated multiple times throughout the movie. ‘Family Guy’ could take note of this, but that show has way more merit than this movie ever imagined to have, regardless of all the LSD the writers took while penning this garbage. I know this was probably an attempt at making fun of the buddy comedies, or buddy westerns, but the joke imploded on itself with all its terrible execution.
This is an easily forgettable movie and is downright, incredibly unfunny. The repetitious, bland, childish humor was very predominant and so belligerently frank; a joke isn’t a joke without a setup! The writing and character introduction was extravagantly sloppy and gave the audience no time to actually know the characters. Even ‘American Pie’ did this better than this film, and I’d only rate most of them a 5 out of 10. The characters didn’t have any redeeming qualities and looked as confused as many of the actors involved in the film. They also had a habit of being total copies of one another. I honestly don’t know how this got made or why so many well known actors joined up for something so terrible.
If you liked ‘Movie 43’, first of all you’re a terrible person, but you’d probably like this. If you didn’t, then you don’t need a frontal lobotomy and can ignore this boring, stupid “comedy”.