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The Ridiculous 6
Directed by Frank Coraci. Produced by Allen Covert and Adam Sandler. Written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. Release date: December 11, 2015.
Adam Sandler has a four-picture deal with Netflix, an idea about as smart as any of the jokes in an Adam Sandler movie. The first of these atrocities is The Ridiculous 6, a movie so bad that, had it been given a wide release, it probably would have topped Paul Blart 2 as my worst film of the year. Yes, this newest effort is that bad. It's Adam Sandler's worst movie of 2015 - worse than Pixels and The Cobbler, easily - and may just be the worst of his career.
The film, which wants to be a parody of classic Westerns in general, and The Magnificent Seven specifically, takes Adam Sandler and a bunch of his in-film half-brothers as they try to collect enough money to save their father (Nick Nolte!!!) after he's kidnapped. In theory, this isn't the worst idea ever for a movie, and it's not like Western tropes aren't ripe for the comedic picking. However, in practice, this is a disaster. From Sandler sleepwalking his way through another performance, to the way that there's absolutely no flow to the film - it's a loosely connected skit-show - or how the film has so little respect for Native Americans that several of them walked off its set. If the jokes were clever, this might not be a problem, but this is a film that contains a running joke in which a donkey has diarrhea that can be shot across a room, so you can take that hope and throw it out the window.
After the "Ridiculous Six" gets assembled - Sandler, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Jorge Garcia, Terry Crews, and Luke Wilson - they stumble from scene to scene, walking into various cameos from actors who should know better, and doing absolutely nothing of interest. The likes of Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Steve Zahn, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, and John Turturro are here, and it's embarrassing. Oh, and get this: Vanilla Ice plays Mark Twain. If that's not the most bizarre casting choice of the year, I'd be shocked.
The film wishes to be a parody, like Blazing Saddles, but since it's been written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy (Pixels, Grown Ups 2, Bedtime Stories, etc.), you're not going to get any sort of insight, ingenuity, or humor. In fact, the only reason anyone's calling it a parody, or a satire, is because Netflix had to defend the film after the aforementioned walk-offs. What humor comes from naming some of its Native characters "Beaver's Breath" or "Never Wears Bra"? Or that wonderful donkey diarrhea running gag? Or a gang who scoop out their right eye, because the gang decided that was their symbol - complete with a scene in which a man does exactly that. Where is this supposed satire?
Add in the complete lack of flow, and the fact that it runs for 119 minutes and you start to look for anything that might be even remotely funny, interesting - or maybe the "light" that comes at the end of a life, which you'll look to with great pleasure knowing that you'll never have to endure another one of these again. There is nothing to like about The Ridiculous 6. Unfortunately for Netflix, there are three more of these to come. It's going to be a bumpy and scatology-filled ride.
Bottom Line: The Ridiculous 6 is unfunny, too long, insensitive/offensive, lacking in plot and flow, and even Adam Sandler looks bored.
Recommendation: Netflix made an error by signing Adam Sandler to a 4-picture deal. Ensure that the company realizes that was a mistake by avoiding this film.
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