Rating Explanation: for frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking and brief drug references
DVD Features: Cast and technical commentaries; "Chanukah Song, Pt. 3" music video; "A Day With the Meatball" short film; "NBA: Love it Live" tv spot; Trailers; Nine original featurettes; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Multi-angle animation progression; HBO first look special.
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
Adam Sandler is the voice of Davey Stone, the town thug and loser. He is rude to everyone and commits petty crimes, just to make everyone else a little more miserable. Finally when the judge is ready to send him to jail for 10 years, Whitey, a youth-league basketball referee agrees to supervise his community service. Whitey even lets Davey stay with him and his sister Eleanor after his trailer burns down. Sandler is also the voice of these two characters. There must be some truth in the fact that Sandler has essentially played this same character in most of his movies - the decent, but immature guy given to temperamental outbursts. But this time, his heart of gold is buried too deep and his transformation from alcoholic jerk to nice guy is too abrupt. The mean-spirited nature of the film is it's primary lack of appeal. Humiliation is only funny when the victim deserves it. Seeing the way Davey treats all the decent folks, makes you wish that he would have been allowed to rot in prison. And most of the grossout humor falls flat. Parents will probably not appreciate the crude jokes and foul language. And when the movie finally tries to redeem itself with a message at the end about treating others with respect, it's hard to buy. The attempt to tack on a ending like this can hardly overcome the movie's combination of meanness and bathroom humor.