FILM: Adam Sandler’s New Netflix Film, “The Ridiculous 6” [Berkshire on Stage]
Story by Larry Murray
Sandler’s first of four exclusive features for Netflix turns out to be distasteful in every regard, an abysmal riff on “The Magnificent Seven” in which hoary stereotypes and oater clichés are exploited for equally groan-worthy gags. Without an amusing instinct in its cowboy-hatted head, this painfully protracted, puerile effort meanders about the Old West as if it were making up its nonsense on the fly. The result is a torturous genre joke that marks a new low not only for the star, but for the art of cinematic comedy. Native American women possess names such as “Wears No Bra,” “Smoking Fox,” and “Beaver Breath,” Ramon talks about the deliciousness of tacos, and white people are ridiculed for being bad dancers — Sandler and co-writer Tim Herlihy’s script performs cultural mockery with all the incisive skill of a blind surgeon wielding a hammer.” – Nick Schaeger, The Playlist
Adam Sandler’s first project with Netflix – a phenomenal company which should have known better – is a film called The Ridiculous 6, and if you listen to the critics, it has to be his worst outing to date.
Movie making is an iffy business, and Netflix and Amazon have both decided to throw billions of dollars at big names in their search for original content for their streaming services. The logic of the deals they are making escapes me.