Sunday, 5 June 2016

Richee reviews The Do-Over (2016)

So Adam Sandler is back with his second Netflix exclusive, this time bringing David Spade as the loser character to play off of Sandlers "cool character". Having despised the Ridiculous Six, I wasn't looking forward to this film, but the trailer didn't look half bad, and I was hoping Sandler might actually take a back seat to some one else for a change.

So the story follows two old school friends who reunite during a school reunion. Charlie (David Spade) is depressed at the way his life has turned out, as he hasn't really done much. Charlie did get the girl of his dreams, but unfortunately she came with two spoilt sons and an ex husband who she seems overly friendly with. Max (Adam Sandler) sees how Charlie's life is going and invites him out on his boat. One thing leads to another and Max has blown up the boat and faked both their deaths so both men can start again with a fresh start. Unbeknown to them, the two identities they've taken on have a deadly secret, which has both men running for their lives to figure out why they are being hunted. 

The film has an interesting premise and some good ideas, however it also has a lot of bloated pointless scenes taking up time through out. Most of the random scenes are supposed to be funny, I think. This film struggles to get laughs that you need for a comedy. There was a few times I chuckled, one time during Charlie's first threesome, but most of the jokes just fell flat. The film is an hour and forty minutes long, feeling a lot longer then it actually is. Adam Sandler once again gets through this film looking absolutely miserable, which you could say is right for the character when you find out more about him, but I wouldn't give Sandler that much credit.

David Spade was OK as the push over Charlie, but I'm more used to him being the snide party guy/womaniser. His character never really developed, he just remains the gullible push over through out. Torsten Voges plays the villainous hit man out to kill the two leads, and is a weird combination of tall and threatening while being really agile and gymnastic. He has the right look and comes across as a good comedic villain, but again isn't given enough to do.

Final verdict is a 3/10: it could have been a 4, but it's just not funny enough. Adam Sandler also doesn't help this film, and he just feels like a lazy act nowadays. It was fine in the first Grown Ups movie because he looked like he was enjoying himself, now he just looks grumpy and uninterested. The comedy also relies too heavily on awkward situations and doesn't really try to do anything witty or clever to make you laugh. This was the second of four films Sandler has been hired to make for Netflix. An improvement over the first, but let's hope they keep getting better Richee 

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