Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Now on Netflix: Sandy Wexler (2017)

Sandy Wexler (2017) - Directed by Steven Brill; Written by Adam Sandler, Paul Sado, Dan Bulla; Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Lamorne Morris, Aaron Neville, Jane Seymour, Luiz Guzman, Arsenio Hall.

By Kenny Howell

For whatever reason, Adam Sandler doesn't like doing much in the editing room, especially for his Netflix content.

Sandy Wexler, a terrible movie about a old style, bad talent manager, clocks in at 131 minutes for some reason. I am not sure if it is wanting to get every cameo in that Sandler promised to his friends or what, but there is no need for it. Sandy Wexler isn't an important movie, it's a silly movie with a main character who tries to get laughs from the fact that he has an annoying laugh. That doesn't work, only a few things do, but alas, here it is. Here we are once again with some incredibly funny people making just a bad, bad movie with Sandler.

Wexler is a talent agent in Los Angeles in early 1990s for a bunch of D-list acts like a daredevil and a puppet comic. One day, he comes across a woman singing in a children's performance, a young woman named Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), and she has a ton of talent. She explodes into Whitney Houston like success and Wexler isn't able to manage it. He then in turn can't handle his own life because the talent that he has been waiting for all his life has moved on to other representation.

There is also a sort of love story (I guess) between the two and a bunch of early 1990s jokes. Some actually land, but it isn't nearly enough to make up for the overly bloated story that shouldn't be overly bloated. Sandler is playing a character in this, maybe something that would have been on Saturday Night Live back in his day, but it struggles because the character isn't at all funny.  He lies constantly, telling people what they want to hear, and then has an annoying laugh. That's about it. The movie struggles to really put anything together, so it definitely should have been closer to 85 minutes instead of 131. It's just becomes a slog to watch which is not good for a comedy.

Sandy Wexler is now on Netflix.

Rating: *

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