Starring: Adam Sandler, Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Will Forte, Steve Zahn, Harvey Keitel, Nick Nolte, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, John Tuturro, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Danny Trejo, Whitney Cummings, Vanilla Ice, Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan, Blake Clark.
Directed By: Frank Coraci
Adam Sandler brought back the director of some of his biggest hits for his first Netflix film. Coraci is responsible for both The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy. Sadly, he’s also responsible for Blended, which is basically why Sandler is on Netflix now. The good news is that The Ridiculous Six isn’t really any worse than Sandler’s last few films. It’s not any worse than Blended or Pixels. It has a few good laughs, but also a lot of groans. It’s definitely no Blazing Saddles.
Westerns are a tough sell, and Sandler playing the straight man hero here isn’t going to reinvigorate the genre. If Seth MacFarlane couldn’t do it, Sandler can’t. The only acting I was actually impressed with was from Taylor Lautner. Let that sink in for a minute. Taylor Lautner. I actually expected nothing from him. He’s an awful actor. However, he really committed to being a complete dumbass in this, and it’s pretty funny. I gotta give him props for really trying.
The film is aimless at times, structured poorly almost like scenes were picked from a hat with no thought to actual flow. And for some reason, this film runs at an ungodly 119 minutes. Just, what the fuck. It’s one of the longest Sandler films, if not his longest actual Happy Madison comedy (not counting films like Funny People, Reign Over Me, and Punch Drunk Love). It’s unnecessary.
As far as the Native American controversy… I dunno. It’s a comedy. And the Native Americans in this film aren’t the villains. I’d say that’s at least a small step in the right direction.
Please, no sequel.
FINAL GRADE: C-