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Adam Sandler and the Underappreciated Greatness of His Career

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 16, 2020 03:47

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This past week I watched the 2002 film Mr. Deeds which starred Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder. It was honestly a very entertaining movie with goofy humor that I usually like from him. The viewing experience also made me realize the growing admiration for Sandler that has grown over me in recent years and how I believe Sandler is just one of the best comedians in the film business.

Over the years Sandler has seemed to have established an unfavorable reputation among many movie critics and those who argue most of his works are low-effort comedy type films that are filled with inappropriate, childlike jokes only meant to attract the masses. Especially in recent years, films like Jack and Jill, Grown Ups, and Pixels have been ridiculed by critics.

It's definitely understandable, because Sandler has developed a lot of mediocre films in recent years and should've utilized his talent in much better films over his career. Still, as much as Sandler has been guilty of the content he has produced, Sandler deserves more respect for what he has accomplished and has earned his success as one of the best comedians in entertainment. 

For all the bad movies he has made, he still has produced so many respectable, classic films over the past 25 years that are not just funny, but are also heartfelt and genuine. From the reputable The Wedding Singer, to Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore; these films sparked Sandler's popularity in the late 1990s and have developed into classics among many fans. 

He carried a bit of that early success into the 2000s with more popular films like Anger Management, The Waterboy, etc. These films aren't revered as highly by numerous critics, but are not credited for the good mix of hysterical humor and ridiculously witty characters that were still really wholehearted beneath the silliness that highlighted these films. 

Even with the raunchy jokes and bland storylines, so many Sandler films, even if they are bad, are consistently filled with great hilarity and entertainment that you just want sometimes when watching comedy films. A lot of these films hold more heart and moments that I feel even many popular comedies from the past and today don't reach. 

Also, along with his comedic films, Sandler has also appeared in many dramas over his career. He recently got praise for his role in the 2019 crime thriller film Uncut Gems as a gambling New York jeweler, and also has starred in many other more dramatic roles like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, and Funny People, which all got Sandler decent praise.

In no way is Sandler's career perfect, but from my years watching him, he will always be someone I enjoy, and one of my personal favorite comedic actors overall. Hopefully Sandler will continue to add to his underrated legacy in the future and give more entertaining films to come. 

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 16, 2020 03:47

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