That is some mystical shit!
Year Released : 2015
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast : Adam Sandler, Terry Crewes, Taylor Lautner, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Nick Nolte, Steve Zahn and Harvey Keitel
In my upcoming look at all of the mainstream films I saw during 2015, I describe Adam Sandler (the film I write about when saying that is Pixels) as a man who can single-handedly make me not want to watch a film I would have always been excited about. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing personal against Sandler, and I have seen a lot of his films and enjoyed them, but his misses far outweigh his hits.
He’s an actor that needs a big hit to resurrect a film that sees his films regularly panned by critics, but the problem is that he constantly chooses stupid projects, or brings his stupid Sandlerisms (such as doing gloating in a really sarcastic, high pitched voice) into other serious films.
Anyway, I stumbled across this the other day and despite it more than likely becoming well known in time, at the moment it is not and I’ve decided to take the chance to review a film which has a plethora of well known stars, but can they turn make a success of a film that has the word ridiculous in the title, or will that be an appropriate word to use?
Tommy (Sandler)’s mother was killed when he was a young child, and in the absense of a father in his life he lives with a local native American tribe. There he falls in love with a local woman and lives an ideal life. One day the camp is visited by a man named Frank (Nolte), who claims to be Tommy’s real father. After some bonding, Frank is seemingly kidnapped by a passing cowboy gang that claims he stole $50,000 from them.
After doing some soul searching, Tommy decides that he needs to find his father and to do that he will need $50,000 to do so. He soon sets out and as time moves on he gradually meets men who also seem to have been fathered by Frank, including Ramon (Schneider), Herm (Garcia), Chico (Crews), Danny (Wilson) and simple-minded Pete (Lautner).
The group is successful in stealing $50,000 not once, but twice, but they are hunted by various gangs and groups, but the most dangerous person that they meet on the way might be the man that they’re trying to find in the first place.
So, is it ridiculous?
There was a time during this film when I had high hopes, mainly because Sandler seemed to be playing the role straight and not with any intention of using his usual approach to films, however, that soon disappears as within minutes of the first scene as he single-handedly takes out a gang, some of which he takes out whilst walking on his hands. It’s one of many scenes where they could have actually been considerably more impactful than it actually is, and it’s easy to understand why The Ridiculous 6 has been panned by critics.
A lot of the jokes just aren’t funny. For example, Terry Crew’s character acts as if people won’t notice that he is black, and is creates an awkward atmosphere in the film for a minute or two as it’s just not funny. I know that they’re trying to be funny, almost as if they’re trying to a satire of genre stereotypes, almost like a modern day attempt at Mel Brooks’ satires of the 70s, 80s and early 90s, but the different is that Brooks’ were funny and had some ingenious jokes.
For a film that is two hours long, very few genuinely funny jokes makes that a very long two hours indeed. For example, there is a scene about half way through in which Pete is getting hanged, however, having a rope around his neck has no impact on him, and he basically mocks all those that are having him by swinging from side to side, flapping around purposefully like a fish and so many other unfunny movements.
To be fair to the mainstream cast, no-one is truly awful in their roles, it’s just the roles are unfunny. Taylor Lautner is just bizarre as the mentally-handicapped Pete, and most of the jokes in the film revolve around the character’s inadvertent stupidity, and in many ways it feels almost like it’s being disrespectful to those who do have disabilities, not to mention that pretty much all of the women in the film that aren’t native-American are portrayed as sex-obsessed and have no other traits.
The cast is full of cameos from established actors who have been in far, far better films than this and have been acclaimed within them, and it makes you wonder why they agreed to this. Now don’t get me wrong, I did like the game of spotting the cameos, and some did take me by surprise, such as Chris Kattan, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and even Vanilla Ice makes an appearances, although the less said about the latter’s performance as a “street” version of Mark Twain, the better.
I briefly alluded to the run time of two hours a few paragraphs ago and as well as the poor jokes, that run time is one of the main problems with The Ridiculous 6. Two hours is far, far, far too long for any comedy, let alone an unfunny comedy. Comedies are the only genre that should never really go beyond the 90 minute mark, 100 minutes at the absolute most, and there is a reason for that. If you make your comedy too long, people will stop caring, and the final twenty of so minutes of The Ridiculous 6 fit that heavily.
The Ridiculous 6 could have been Sandler’s chance to prove that he can still produce a hit every now again, but unfortunately he has chosen yet another project that will only harm his reputation. Even if I were so inclined, it’s impossible to stick up for Sandler in reviews.
That being said, Sandler isn’t the worst thing about Ridiculous 6, infact, he was relatively tolerable in The Ridiculous 6, which isn’t a good thing. Ultimately it’s a poor film with awful jokes and I can’t think of a single good word to say about it.
Don’t waste your time.