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->''1) During his career Adam Sandler has appeared in 32 movies.\\
2) 2 of them were good.\\
3) Unfortunately ''Film/PunchDrunkLove'' and ''Film/ReignOverMe'' did not contain titties or Rob Schneider so [[ViewersAreMorons nobody went to see them.]]''
-->-- '''{{Website/Cracked}}'''

'''Adam Richard Sandler''' (September 9, 1966-) is an American comedian and actor.

After several years as a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' writer and cast member (from 1990 to 1995[[note]]That's from the middle of season 16 to the end of season 20. During those years, he, along with Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Chris Farley, were known as "The Bad Boys of SNL" due to their penchant for gross, crass humor, which a lot of critics hated about ''Saturday Night Live'' during the early to mid-1990s[[/note]]), he went on to star in several Hollywood feature films that grossed over US$100 million at the box office and remains as a major box office draw. He is best known for his comedic roles, though he has [[TomHanksSyndrome ventured into more dramatic territory]].

His characters usually fall under the JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but also with a healthy dose of ManChild with a serious need to grow up. Realizing that he can only take that role so far, he has sought to expand his range into a couple of dramas. Otherwise he takes much of the DeadpanSnarker behavior but adds some more complex motivation behind it.

Responsible for Happy Madison Productions, and often plays a music fan. Expect '70s and '80s music (like Music/LedZeppelin) to be not only part of the soundtrack, but [[WaxingLyrical part of the spoken dialog in some way, shape or form]]. Also expect Sandler's character to appear at least once wearing sports or college memorabilia (t-shirts, hats, etc.) with a New York or New England connection.

Enjoys something of a reputation as "[[NiceGuy one of the nicest celebrities]] in RealLife".

In 2012, he earned the distinct "honor" of creating a film that swept the 2011 [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards]] ceremony: 2011's ''Film/JackAndJill'' was the first film in the show's history to "win" all twelve categories.
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!!!Selected filmography:
* ''Film/GoingOverboard'' (1989) - His first movie ever.
* ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/BillyMadison'' (1995)
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Bulletproof}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheWaterboy'' (1998)
* ''Film/BigDaddy'' (1999)
* ''Film/LittleNicky'' (2000)
* ''MrDeeds'' (2002)
* ''Film/PunchDrunkLove'' (2002) - His first (arguably) straight drama.
* ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' (2002) - Adam Sandler as you've never seen him before...Animated!
* ''AngerManagement'' (2003)
* ''FiftyFirstDates'' (2004)
* ''{{Spanglish}}'' (2004) - A {{dramedy}}, leaning closer to realistic, straight drama (and Sandler is the ''[[StraightMan straight man]]'' of a crazy family)
* ''Film/TheLongestYard'' (2005 remake)
* ''Film/{{Click}}'' (2006)
* ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry'' (2007)
* ''Film/ReignOverMe'' (2007) - His second straight drama.
* ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'' (2008)
* ''Film/BedtimeStories'' (2008)
* ''FunnyPeople'' (2009) - another dramedy, but equal parts comedy and drama. [[GenreShift By equal we mean]] [[HalfwayPlotSwitch both genres take turns]].
* ''Film/GrownUps'' (2010)
* ''Film/JustGoWithIt'' (2011)
* ''Film/JackAndJill'' (2011)
* ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'' (2012)
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' (2012) - Sandler as the voice of Count {{Dracula}}.
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!!The following tropes tend to be illustrated by Sandler, his characters, or the movies in which he is the star:
* TheAllegedCar: His song "Ode to My Car," from his album ''What the Hell Happened to Me?'', a [[ClusterFBomb profane]] {{Reggae}} with the hook "Piece of shit car"
** The radio version made great use of the SoundEffectBleep which arguably made the song even funnier.
* TheCameo: In quite a few of his films, especially from the late '90s and early '00s, there is often a scene toward the end in which Rob Schneider stands up out of a crowd and shouts "You can do it!" in a vaguely foreign accent. It first appeared in ''Film/TheWaterboy''.
** In at least one Rob Schneider film, Sandler returns the favor, appearing dressed as the same and shouting "You can do it!" to Schneider's character.
* GenderBender: JackAndJill won him a GoldenRaspberryAward for Worst ''Actress.''
* HeyItsThatGuy: His films tend to have a ''huge'' number of cameos from Sandler's SNL friends, sports figures, musicians, and other various pop culture icons.
* InkSuitActor: In ''Eight Crazy Nights'' and ''Hotel Transylvania''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In virtually all of Sandler's early roles, his characters were these. Then once ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' was made most of his characters were straight-up nice guys.
* LargeHam: Most of his roles during ''Saturday Night Live''. A few of his film ones as well, such as ''Hotel Transylvania''.
* ListSong: "The Hannukah Song", which lists Jewish (or half\quarter) celebrities. (except O.J. Simpson, which was always there for "NOT A JEW!")
* ThisLoserIsYou: A common theme in his films.
* ManChild: His entire career is built on this trope, most notably ''BillyMadison.''
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in some of his other roles. In ''BigDaddy'', for example, he portrays a character who [[BrilliantButLazy actually has the mind of an adult but is extremely lazy and irresponsible]].
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A particularly well-known example. He often plays {{Jerkass}} characters but in RealLife he's generally seen as a likable and fun guy.
* NamesTheSame: More or less with Andy Samberg. Both were on ''SNL'' (and considered fan-favorite cast members, though Sandler's status as a fan-favorite cast member is divided), both are Jewish, both have curly black hair, both have a sense of humor that mixes the bizarre with the juvenile, and both have left ''SNL'' to do movies (though Andy Samberg left on his own accord; Adam Sandler was fired due to NBC forcing Lorne Michaels to revamp ''SNL'' or face cancellation).
* NoBudget: Subverted with his recent comedies which would have budgets around $80 million despite showing otherwise.
** Allegedly this is because he only uses around 5-10 million of that budget to actually make the movie - The rest he gives to his friends and singlehandedly makes them rich.
* OldShame: He was NOT in GoingOverboard. At least, that's what his official website said.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: ''PunchDrunkLove'' and ''Film/{{Click}}''. More information on the trope page.
* ProductPlacement: To the point that most of his movies shown on TV have to be censored to remove the brand names for legal reasons
** Happy Gilmore even has an in-character example as Happy becomes a spokesman for Subway.
* ProductionPosse: The films he makes at Happy Madison can have a lower cast/crew turnaround than a [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen brothers]] movie. For instance, he often works with director Dennis Dugan and Peter Segal and actors Creator/DavidSpade, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson (In more recent films), Creator/ChrisRock, Kevin James, Creator/ChrisFarley (while he was alive), Creator/SteveBuscemi, Kevin Nealon, and Tim Meadows.
** Also if you ever see Peter Dante, Allen Covert and Jonathan Loughran, especially the two former, you can bet the film is a Happy Madison Production.
* SungThroughMusical: {{Opera}}man, which even adds some GratuitousItalian \ [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Italianesque]] words for good measure.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
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