“Funny People” may be the last time anyone will take Adam Sandler serious(ly).
It follows a trend for Sandler, who audiences apparently just don’t buy as anything but an overgrown child on screen. His other “serious” flops include “Punch Drunk Love,” “Spanglish,” and “Reign Over Me.”
The former “Saturday Night Live” star was always hilarious doing Opera Man or the Chanukah Song. In films, he had his moment entertaining a generation with “Wedding Singer” and “Happy Gilmore.”
In 2007-2008, Sandler proved that being an idiot on screen was profitable. He had three $100 million plus films–”I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” and “Bedtime Stories.” Each was a successful capturing of the lowest common denominator, which is nothing to be sneezed at these days. But there weren’t even Golden Globes coming for those, forget about real golden statues.
“Funny People” is no laughing matter. Kudos to Universal for trying it, but this should spell the end of Sandler as anything more than a congenial buffoon.