Is Netflix regretting making a six-movie deal with Adam Sandler yet? They’re more than halfway through the cycle now, and I don’t recall any big press about how well they were doing – which in this day and age generally means the answer is “not very.” They’ve all looked fairly expensive (for mass-market comedies) as well, so it feels like someone might be taking a bath on these.
In any case, this is the trailer for the next one, SANDY WEXLER; which is apparently coasting on the gimmick of being set in 1994 (Why? The brief moment when the 90s almost had a mainstream cultural identity of their own had largely passed then – does something about the plot require no one to have The Internet yet?) and once again features Sandler as an obnoxious one-note goofball with a silly voice who is beloved by all around him for being a well-meaning clod who goes to bat for his friends.
The title character is a caricature of an early-1990s Hollywood talent manager – a point of reference sure to be immediately relatable to a mass audience and not just comic actors who were transitioning from TV to movies in this same era. Plot apparently involves Sandy falling in love with his latest discovery, an ingenue singer played by Jennifer Hudson; who you have to imagine probably didn’t expect a Reality TV to Academy Award Winner to direct-to-Netflix Adam Sandler love-interest career arc.