Carroll County Times

Sam's Choices: Most memorable, hilarious Sandler films

Many people don't like or appreciate Adam Sandler's brand of comedy, but I give him a lot of credit for his work. Granted, the past 10 years have been rough for him hit-wise, but he knows how to make people laugh, that's for sure.
He may not be making the same quality comedies he made in the late '80s and early '90s, but every once in a while he sneaks a good one in there, like "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry." He also tried his hand at serious films for a little bit, but for a goofball like Sandler, it's really best to stick to what you know is successful. That being said, he has had some seriously awful movies like "Jack and Jill," where he played a man and his sister; who decided that was a go?
Sandler's works have been all over the place the past 10 or so years, but "Grown Ups 2" looks like it could be amusing. I don't condone making sequels of movies that weren't awesome in the first place, but with Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade and Chris Rock, what could go wrong? Probably everything, but it will at least be amusing watching the possible train wreck. So in honor of the release of "Grown Ups 2" I started thinking about my favorite Sandler films, which may seem easy, but I went back and forth a lot before deciding on this list. I almost wish I had made this a top seven list, so I could fit the other two films that didn't make it. As such, I am sure people will be mad I didn't include something, so I look forward to hearing what those of you who disagree have to say.

'Billy Madison' 1995
I don't only love this one because he has the same last name as I do, and spells it right, but it definitely caught my attention. The amount of quotable lines in this movie alone is enough to make it the best Sandler movie out there, hands down. Who doesn't know the "back to school" song? I will say that it takes a certain kind of sense of humor to fully appreciate the comedic genius put forth in this movie, though. Still, I know very few people who don't love it.
Sandler talks in his classic baby voice the whole time, which can get annoying after a while, but it works so perfectly with the moron he plays. How else would a grown man who goes back to grade school talk? Sandler was also one of the writers for the film, which explains why he could play the character so well, and why it was so well executed.
I have seen this movie countless times. Pretty much every time it's on TV I throw it on and enjoy the many hilarious moments. My brother and I text back and forth lines from it, just enjoying the amount of ridiculous lines there are; it goes on for a while. My favorite line will always be "Thank you very much Ms. Lippy." It makes me crack up every time. If you haven't seen this one, get with it, and make sure you watch; it's definitely worth the time.


'Happy Gilmore' 1996
I have a poster of Sandler from this movie, not only because it's a great film, but also because he wears a Bruins jersey and hits with a hockey stick, and I am a huge Boston fan. This is my second favorite because it has so many classic scenes, like Bob Barker beating the hell out of Sandler on the golf course. This is not one of those movies where people have to be of a certain mindset to watch and enjoy it; I think everyone likes it.
Whether you're a Sandler fan or not, there is no way you can say this movie is awful. Sandler plays a guy who wants to help save his grandmother's house by playing golf and manages to overcome obstacles and become a pro, and eventually save the house. It's a classic little guy story. Plus there are some great lines to quote, which makes it stick in people's minds.

'Big Daddy' 1999
The little kid in this movie definitely helps make this a great film; the cute factor is always a good way to draw people in. But the reason this film is one of my favorites is because the kid and Sandler form a great bond and make it hilarious. Of course, you have to add in the fact that the delivery guy is played by Rob Schneider and Jon Stewart plays a role as well. The cast plus the script and execution definitely make this a winning product.
I picked this movie up in the $5 bin at Walmart a couple of years ago, and have since added it to my housework rotation, watching it whenever I need some background noise, but don't feel like listening to music. I could probably recite pretty much this whole movie, just because one of my best friends and I quote it back and forth all the time. This is one of the last films Sandler made that was up to the quality I have come to expect from him and before he jumped the shark by playing a man and his sister.


'Mr. Deeds' 2002
I know that this one wouldn't make it on to a lot of people's lists, but I can't help but to love it. I went back and forth between this one and "The Waterboy" but eventually landed on "Mr. Deeds." I get annoyed with "The Waterboy" because Sandler uses his baby voice and it gets to me. But in "Mr. Deeds," my home state gets a shout out, with Sandler's character being from Mandrake Falls, N.H., so automatically I got excited to hear that, even if it's a made-up town (N.H. doesn't get a lot of attention). I also really love the goofy stuff that Sandler gets up to as well as his greeting cards, which are so terrible they're funny - the story of Sandler's career in a lot of ways. This is by no means Sandler's best work, but it's definitely a cute and funny story that I enjoy, and think should be mentioned whenever his best films are being discussed.

'The Wedding Singer' 1998
Who doesn't love a wedding singer who quits the business when he gets his heart broken and goes slightly crazy? While it may not have been made then, this film definitely has that '80s feel. While the story is nothing new, the twist Sandler puts on it is enough to help the movie make this list. It's such a typical chick flick, showing women everywhere who are with jerks that they, too, can meet a decent, sweet guy and fall in love for real.
I have the whole soundtrack to this movie, including Sandler's version of "Love Stinks" and the song he sings on the airplane at the end, which is actually one of the best parts. Drew Barrymore and Sandler have such great chemistry that they do it all again a handful of years later in "50 First Dates." In this first pairing of the two together, I truly enjoy the way they play off of each other's goofy yet cute charisma.