sandler adam 200x300 Adam Sandler Cant Be Taken Serious(ly)“Funny People” may be the last time anyone will take Adam Sandler serious(ly).

The Judd Apatow-directed non-comedy took in a paltry $23.4 million this weekend, and got terrible reviews to boot.

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.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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