The Ridiculous 6 movie full length review - Just when you think Adam Sandler can't sink any lower...
"Ridiculous" is a good word for this movie, though I doubt it's in the way Sandler intended. When your movie features two actors from the "Twilight" franchise, Rob Schneider as a Mexican and Sandler's nephew in a major role, things can only go downhill from there.
The biggest problem with the film is Sandler himself, in that he seems incapable of learning from his mistakes. Ridiculous 6 has most of the flaws of Sandler's recent works: a main character who is beloved despite being incredibly annoying (That's My Boy, Jack and Jill), a main character who is an expert at everything (Pixels, Mr Deeds), Sandler being paired with an impossibly beautiful woman (Grown Ups, Just Go With It, Pixels, Chuck and Larry) and stunt casting of friends and family members (every Sandler movie after about 2002). The only ones he missed were incorporating a lavish vacation into the plot and rampant product placement. Though if this movie had gotten a proper theater release I suspect he would've worked those in too.
The movie is so low budget that product placement might've ironically helped. The opening scene of Sandler using superhuman speed to defeat a gang of outlaws manages to be both laughable and creepy. The title card struck me as not only cheap-looking but difficult to read. The same outlaws are later menaced by some of the phoniest looking ants and snakes you will ever see this side of an XBOX game. Sandler's character discovers the final plot twist by studying an "aged" photo that is not even remotely believable due to some of the worst Photoshopping ever in a professional film. The climax takes place in complete darkness so that you won't know what's happening, not that you'll really care.
Plot for a Sandler movie has always been threadbare but never more so than here. Sandler's character is raised by Native Americans but finally gets to meet his birth father just in time for him to be kidnapped. From there he goes on a journey to rescue him and meets five other illegitimate children that his father sired, not that this matters because it's all just a backdrop for bad jokes, bad physical comedy, and stunts and bad special effects to show the audience how awesome Sandler's character is. He always saves the day and manages to convince an outlaw gang to see the error of their ways after talking to them for all of two minutes. There's a twist at the end involving the kidnapping but Sandler doesn't care much about it so why should we?
Offensive stereotypes abound with each new character with Rob Schneider and Taylor Lautner being the worst. Then there are the pretty bad native stereotypes, who have been reduced to lame jokes about their names, such as "Wears-No-Bra" and "Smoking Fox." Sandler's character has a gorgeous native wife who exists only to be abducted or threatened constantly. Other female characters are either tramps or fodder for one-liners. Though I do have to say that I am surprised the Native American extras walked off this film. While I can understand them taking offense, I also have to wonder if they noticed they were working for Adam Sandler.
This is Sandler's grossest movie yet, and that's saying something. We are treated to a recurring gag of a donkey with explosive diarrhea, a scene where Steve Buscemi rubs his crotch and sticks his finger up said donkey's butt and then proceeds to stick his hand in someone's mouth, a scene of someone being beheaded, and a gory scene where a man cuts out his own eyeball complete with it dangling out by its nerves. Mercifully the last one is filmed in shadow.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of all about this film is seeing competent actors like Nick Nolte, Harvey Keitel, Danny Trejo and Luke Wilson involved with this. Though Trejo, Nolte and Wilson get off rather easy, Keitel is thoroughly humiliated in an unnecessary role as a saloon owner and gets his head lopped off for his troubles.
On the other side of the spectrum, the worst performances come from Taylor Lautner, Jorge Garcia, Sandler himself and Vanilla Ice. Lautner makes an effort but manages to be more annoying than Sandler or Rob Schneider. Garcia is reduced to making indechiperable grunts, and Vanilla Ice, while managing to be one of the few saving graces of "That's My Boy," was instructed to play Mark Twain, given unfunny slang and was made up to look more like a Madame Tussaud figure of Mark Twain than the real thing. Sandler doesn't care and this time it's obvious. There's also a weird cameo from country singer Blake Shelton, and while he's so-so, you can't help but wonder why he thought this was a good movie to launch an acting career.
After such a long tirade, you may wonder, "Was anything good about this movie?" Well, the score and the scenery were actually decent.
All I can say is that after a movie like this, Sandler really needs to get his act together or he could find himself in fisticuffs with the latest Real Housewife on "Celebrity Apprentice" before long. It's either that or pray that the "Hotel Transylvania" movies keep making money.