Who knew, back in his days celebrating aggressive infantilism in Billy Madison, that the guy who warbled ‘The Chanukah Song’ on SNL would tap so boldly into his inner fury in daring stuff like Punch-Drunk Love, Anger Management, and Click? Or his commit to serious sadness in Reign Over Me? Or celebrate the proud, sweet tribe member in him in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan?
Who knew that satisfying marriage in middle age and his obvious pleasure as the father of two little girls would be so liberating? The projects Sandler chooses are all over the place, and when he slips into the familiar old warbly voice of a simpleton that was his comedic default for so many years, I still want to put his act on mute.
But in Funny People, his voice is rich and strong.
You agree, or are you one of those purists who miss him as dimwitted Bobby Boucher, Jr., in The Waterboy?