The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Stars: Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia

Another who’s who movie involving lots of Adam Sandler’s friends and his favourite returning actors. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I cannot stand him or his films. By all accounts he’s a decent person and I can’t comment on that with any kind of authority, but usually his movies stink. But I guess you know what you’re going to get with him. Thankfully, The Ridiculous 6 is slightly better fare than the usual tripe he rolls out.

Tommy (Sandler) is a white man raised by the native Americans. Supernaturally quick and skilled, Tommy is due to marry his sweetheart Smoking Fox (yes really). While in camp, Tommy’s father (Nolte) arrives to offer peace and ill-gained money to the tribe before it’s too late. While there he is seemingly kidnapped by the evil Cicero (a hammy Danny Trejo) and carried off by his gang to obtain the money they believe is rightfully theirs. Tommy despite reservations, sets out to help his dear old pa.

It is from here that Tommy begins to understand that his father was quite the philanderer back in his day. He encounters half-brother after brother as he (and then them) come up with ways of finding fifty thousand dollars in order to stop Cicero putting a bullet into their dad. Now unusually (from the Sandler films I have seen) the toilet humour seems to have been kept to a minimum. I’m thankful of that. While I appreciate everyone finds different things funny, I personally grew out of that being funny by my early teens. When it’s done properly it can be funny though. Each to their own I guess. Sandler has made a career out of it, so maybe I’m in the minority.

Anyway, the brothers are an eclectic mix of weird, wonderful and plain downright odd. Crews, Garcia and Wilson all act well enough but don’t have a huge amount to do. The film shines in my opinion due to Schneider and Lautner. I’ve never really been a fan of Lautner either but he really does excel at playing stupid it seems. Schneider as the Mexican half-brother is also a big highlight. Even Harvey Keitel and Buscemi have fun in their small roles. And this ultimately is what elevates this over other Sandler movies. The cast. Had this been a pure Sandler effort I’m sure this review would have been very different.

Ultimately though, the film tries to be too many things. While it is certainly enjoyable it’s by no means good. Yes there are a couple of genuinely funny laugh out loud moments, most of the comedy is relatively flat and predictable. And while the title and artwork certainly suggests a parody of Tarantino’s Hateful eight and the upcoming (at the time) Magnificent Seven remake (review to come), it actually seemed to me to parody Blazing Saddles more than any of them (which is one of the greatest comedies ever made). Which is funny given that Saddles is a parody film in itself. This wasn’t helped by the fact that Nick Swardson tries to to be too much like Slim Pickens and Saginaw Grant (an actual real native American Chief) tries to be far too much like Mel Brooks actual parody of a native American chief. I’m sure there’s some irony there somewhere.

The film is actually quite well shot if not directed and for the most part everyone plays their part well. The inclusions of friends like Vanilla Ice (try and spot him) and wife Jackie seem forced rather than natural, but I have noticed Sandler tends to draft a lot of his buddies into numerous different films of his. Overall something better than he usually churns out, but still not great. Oh, and I can’t wait to see more work from the donkey, who was the real star of the movie.

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