November 27, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
71 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/27/02
performer
Adam Sandler, Tyra Banks, Jon Lovitz, Rob Schneider
director
Seth Kearsley
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author
Brooks Arthur, Allen Covert, Adam Sandler
genre
Animation, Comedy
We gave it a F

You know all that artistic cred Adam Sandler built up with his acclaimed work in ”Punch-Drunk Love”? Well, he flushes it down the crapper with Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights — the most ill-conceived animated comedy since the 1991 dog ”Rover Dangerfield.”

Sandler, who cowrote and coproduced this mess, annoyingly voices several characters, including Davey Stone, a slacker Scrooge who farts in Christmas carolers’ faces; Whitey, an elderly, seizure-prone basketball referee with ”the hairiest ass in the locker room”; and Eleanor, Whitey’s twin sister, who mistakes a sanitary toilet ring for a lobster bib. Are you sensing a pattern here?

But ”Eight Crazy Nights” doesn’t just cram as many poop jokes as possible into the longest 71 minutes of your life. Sandler actually has the chutzpah to expect you to care about his caricatures. Davey hates the holidays, you see, because when he was 12, his parents were killed in a car crash on the first night of Hanukkah. Can a reunion with his childhood sweetheart, now a single mom, melt Davey’s cold heart? It looks likely until, as the narrator (Rob Schneider) explains, ”Just when you’re starting to like Davey, he goes and has a butthole relapse.” The same goes for Adam Sandler.

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