Born in Brooklyn, New York, Adam Sandler is known to be one of the funniest comedians, actors, singers and producers in Hollywood. His movies are riveting and will have viewers laughing. When 17, Sandler ventured into the world of comedy starring in open mic performances. Although not excellent, Sandler had optimism and perseverance to better himself. He stands as a role model for those who wish to pursue their dream but are finding obstacles. Here are top 10 movies this ‘goofball’ was able to play in. No one would ever guess that this same individual once had a learning disability.
1. Mr. Deeds (2002):
After a wealthy uncle dies, a pizzeria owner (Sandler) becomes an heir of a major television media network. He is about to make millions of dollars and moves into a mansion once owned by his uncle. Nothing goes smoothly when Sandler is playing the leading role. Not only is Sandler goofy, he is hilariously funny and satirical as well. Although funny, it has a moral meaning to it. In the end Sandler’s character made a wise choice that many billionaires would not do.
2. Anger Management (2003):
This is one therapy session you will not want to miss. The movie combines Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson’s humor and talent together in one movie. The whole movie is about an individual Dave Buznik (Sandler) who is emotionally and physically scarred by bullying. Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson) is hired to calm Buznik down and to help him release his anger and frustration through unorthodox and odd therapy. This movie is fun for the whole family and will have both Nicholson and Sandler fans flying out of their chairs with laughter.
3. Big Daddy (1999):
Although not too funny, this movie conveys a deeper message to viewers. Adam Sandler plays Sonny Kaufux who does not take life seriously. He went to law school but refuses to take the bar exam. He decides to adopt a child, Julian, to appease his ex-girlfriend. Whilst spending time with the child, he learns to appreciate life in better light. He ends up becoming a practicing lawyer, married with children. This movie is many ways significant as it illustrates the important role children play in changing adults and parents.
4. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008):
This comedic movie starring Adam Sandler is one of the best the actor has produced so far. The accent, the moves and the satire changed Hollywood history forever. No one could forget Adam Sandler cooking nude on the beach and wooing old ladies who came to a hair salon get an extra bonus from Zohan. Roger Ebert rated this movie with 3 out of 4 stars. New York Magazine exclaimed that Adam Sandler was “mesmerizing” in the movie. The total earning in gross was $201, 802, 891.
5. Billy Madison (1995):
Sandler plays the self titled character Billy Madison. Madison is not the brightest and is lazy, juvenile and a slacker. He always had things handed to him on a silver platter. Before he can inherit his father’s company, he needs to go back to grade school to learn his etiquette s. Viewers will have a riveting time watching Sandler act as a primary school student. You will never notice the mental difference between Sandler and the kids he joins.
6. Happy Gillmore (1996):
If you think Bob Barker is a nice guy, you should think twice after watching this movie. Adam Sandler plays a hockey player who aspires to become a better golf player. As he pursues his career as a golf player, he encounters many comedic mishaps. One mishap that one cannot miss is the fight between Sandler and Barker. Your jaws are guaranteed to drop. This movie was a success and has made $41 million worldwide. The fight between Bob Barker and Adam Sandler was nominated for an award at the MTV Awards.
7. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007):
This film is about 2 straight men masquerading as a gay couple to cheat a life insurance policy after a terrible mishap. Things do not go as planned, as Adam Sandler’s character continues his skirt chasing womanizing ways. On the verge of being charged for fraud, both move in together. This movie is comedic and has an excellent meaning. It teaches others to be themselves and accept others for who they are: Straight or Gay.
8. First 50 Dates (2004):
Many men would die to relive their first date with the woman of their dreams, except for Adam Sandler’s character Henry Roth in this comedic movie. Roth meets a woman whose car accident erases her recent memories. She wakes up everyday not remembering anything. Roth is however persistent and does the unthinkable to win the heart of the love of his life. I agree with Roger Ebert when he says that Adam Sandler brought out a new side in this movie that many viewers never saw before. He showed us a warm personality which was not antagonistic, hostile and full of anger.
9. 8 Crazy Nights (2002):
This is the first film where Adam Sandler defines his background and upbringing. He brings Judaism to the forefront of featured films and defines Chanukah for those who are not acquainted with the Holiday. This movie conveys a serious message with regard to alcoholism and depression. Although animated, it is not appropriate for children. The sexual and satirical comments will again have Adam Sandler fans flying out of their seats with laughter.
10. The Longest Yard (2005):
Adam Sandler’s role in this movie earns him 2 nominations for Best Comedic Performance at MTV Awards and for Favourite Leading Man at the People’s Choice Award. Here, Sandler portrays a discreditable football player who must form a team of prison inmates to play football against their guards. The movie earned $158.1 million gross. Roger Ebert felt it was a movie people could have a conversation about.