Let’s face it, Adam Sandler hasn’t had a great track record as of late. Whatever he releases seems to be followed by a swath of reviews calling out his latest flicks for being piles of crap, but are they really all that bad? Prior to The Ridiculous 6 we had Blended (and Pixels, but I’m yet to watch that), a movie which brought Sandler and Drew Barrymore back together since 51st Dates. Reviews weren’t exactly the best, but after watching it, I really didn’t see what the problem was?
I think the issue most journalists have is that, when they were younger, Sandler movies were the dog’s bollocks, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, all of these movies are classics, but one thing they all have in common is that they’re also ridiculously stupid.
Of course, we all grow up and our tastes change, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Sandlers wacky and frankly immature sense of humour, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Sure we’ll ignore the atrocity that was Jack & Jill, but overall Sandler’s movies have still been over the top, laugh-filled movies.
So that brings me onto The Ridiculous 6. A movie which throws us back to the era of cowboys and indians. A movie which is the first of three movies coming out of a partnership between Sandler and the movie’s host, Netflix, and for a debut movie, it really isn’t all that bad.
The story goes as follows: Sandler plays Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn a guy who’s become the fastest knife-slinger in the west, he’s also a white man in amongst a tribe of Apache Indians due to them adopting him following the death of his mother.
The movie begins with Tommy and his wife going to grab some supplies from the local store, when his wife is set upon by a gang who call themselves the Right Eye Bandits, or something. This is when we get to see the first of many ridiculous scenes in the movie as White Knife takes down the bandits in the blink of an eye, and rides off into the sunset.
That’s just the first of many daft and incredibly obviously fake scenes in the movie, though did we come to expect anything different from a Sandler movie?
The story goes on to introduce White Snake’s real father, a renowned outlaw known for robbing banks and all manner of other wild west activities. Turns out, he’s about to die and has left White Knife, or Tommy, with a fortune, only to find that this fortune is the property of another outlaw, Cicero, played by Danny Trejo.
In what seems to be a valiant attempt to keep Tommy and his tribe out of trouble, his father tricks Cicero into thinking the cash is buried somewhere its not, and off they go. Of course, Tommy isn’t happy so he makes it his mission to get the money for his father and save him before he dies of his illness.
From here the movie takes a bizarre turn as on his travels, Tommy comes across a number of characters who happen to all share the same father and bravely volunteer to band together and save their father.
At this point we’ve seen more toilet humour than a bad joke-book, whether it’s a donkey who can projectile shit on demand, or Steve Buscemi who plays a barber / doctor / dentist that liberally spreads ointment on a manner of different gross ailments, including the donkey’s ass, only to stick it in his mouth later in the scene.
The thing is, throughout the whole movie we’re met with the usual Sandler-esque jokes and gags, from people aimlessly throwing themselves into walls, to casual racism. However none of these feel unusual in a Sandler movie. And while you’ll likely read about how The Ridiculous 6 is the worst thing ever, if you’re a fan of classic Sandler, you’ll likely enjoy the stupidity found in this movie.
That’s not to say it’s a chart-topper, as understandably Sandler’s blend of toilet humour and slapstick comedy is an acquired taste, but if you get a kick out of those type of things, like most of our inner 14-year-olds do, then you’ll likely get a kick out of The Ridiulous 6.
That being said, having The Riduculous 6 feature in your movie night won’t exactly go down too well, it’s more one of those things you stick on in the background while doing other things, like a typical Sunday afternoon movie you just shove on before you go into a roast dinner induced coma.
Is The Ridiculous 6 the worst thing ever? No, certainly not. If you enjoy Sandler’s movies then you’ll likely enjoy this too. Is it worth getting a Netflix subscription for? Honestly… Yeah, I’d say so.