Directed By: Steven Brill

Written By: Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler 

Cinematography: Seamus Tierney 

Editor: J.J. Titone, Brian Robinson & Tom Costen

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Ray Liotta, George Wallace, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Blake Clark, Colin Quinn, June Squibb, Jackie Sandler, Noah Schnapp, Paris Berelc, Karan Brar, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, China Anne McClain, Kym Whitley, Allen Covert, Lavell Crawford, Mikey Day, Peyton List 

Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it’s up to Hubie to save Halloween.

While I can admire the film for being strictly for kids with a star-studded cast. It is purely for them as it comes off as silly and pretty stupid, but at least not another vacation comedy for Sandler. Who does seem to put in an effort here. 

Though it pretty much has his typical storyline. This one feels more like one of his earlier films only In the fact that he plays mroe of a loser man-boy who eventually must learn to grow up. Though still has a very attractive woman in love with him for the thinnest of reasons.

While the film has very few laughs if you give yourself over to it. One can see why surprisingly many people are giving this movie mroe the benefit of the doubt. Again as is more innocent than some of his mroe recent films and it feels like a film we need more of these days in these trying and cynical times.

Ultimately this feels like Adam Sandler making. Up another character with a strange voice to show his inner child never left. That feels like his CANTEEN BOY character from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE not only grown up but with a Halloween theme.

This is another film where the cast is filled with mostly his friends and former co-workers. Where half the fun is seeing what roles they will play and when they will pop up.

This seems like a film where the cast had more fun cracking each other up more than bringing too many laughs to the screen. 

It feels like the script was written from the point of view of two parents wanting to make a film for their kids and putting in all the clean pubs they could for reacting to this generation and trying to keep it clean and immature but with a child’s view of the world. While not necessarily what I was expecting which might have lead to a personal disappointment. 

This film might be what you need for kids seeking something with more of an edge and cute and not having to worry if it is too offensive. As plenty of jokes will go over their head

The film is mostly silly overall and aimed at a kid audience. Using the stars more to lure adults in and watch some respected actors act silly.

Grade: D+


Directed By: Tyler Spindel Written By: Chris Pappas & Kevin Barnett Cinematography: Theo Van De Sande Editor: Brian M. Robinson 

Cast: David Spade, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Swardson, Jackie Sandler, Geoff Pierson, Rob Schneider, Molly Sims, Sarah Challe, Chris Witaske, Jorge Garcia, John Farley, Jonathan Laughton, Bobby Lee, Vanilla Ice, Allen Covert 

Tim thinks he’s invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a nightmare blind date.

Let me just say this right off the bat. I am usually a sucker for a David Spade film. Won’t call them good, but for me usually at least entertaining and funny. Especially when he is playing more quick-witted, sarcastic jerks who people usually like unless playing the villain or nemesis.

His career seems to follow the trajectory of a professional sidekick or side character who made it to the big time. Finally playing more leads to minimal success but usually funny at least.

I will say this is his funniest starring role since THE DO-OVER which before that his best was THE ADVENTURES OF JOE DIRT. (unless you too have a weakness for the film DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR or are you more a LOST & FOUND fan)

Here he plays not as smarmy and while still open to embarrassing himself. He is looking older than usual here. The film leaves him with little to no sarcasm. Which is one of his main strengths? Here most of the time he seems more the straight man to everyone, but mainly…

Lauren Lapkus who is hilarious as she is funny, energetic and gives it her all. Especially physically as she seems to have no fear in her role. One only wishes the material and the cast all around her were on the same level. She gives a star-making performance throughout and is the main reason to watch this film.

Rob Schneider is here in a small role for no real reason. As he doesn’t really add anything to the film or overall, especially laughs.

The film has more sexual humor than expected though seems to pop up more in recent David spade starring movies for HAPPY MADISON productions.

The set prices are inspired and funny. As well as gorgeous looking like a film made just to use the location and female it feels like a vacation (something Producer Adam Sandler has been accused of with a bunch of his movies and which he openly will admit to)

The film feels like a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit movie. Where the sketch character becomes the star. As the actual SNL star and character isn’t the true star only the name to get you to watch the film. 

The film never truly explains why Spade’s Character and his ex broke up. The film introduces her character and shows she chose a jerk and fellow coworker of his over him and she is open to readily clear on her husband. Yet never explains why she choose him in the first place. Also, we see him cheat on her partially and never is found out. But this is not their movie so these little details are not deemed important. As this isn’t exactly a film that deals with rationality not being detail-oriented.

The film truly lets loose in the third act. By the end the film it all comes off as energetic, sweet, and ridiculous. 

Grade: C-