Creator / Adam Sandler

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1) During his career Adam Sandler has appeared in 32 movies.
2) 2 of them were good.
3) Unfortunately
Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me did not contain titties or Rob Schneider so nobody went to see them.

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

After several years as a Saturday Night Live writer and cast member (from 1990 to 1995note ), 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 ventured into more dramatic territory.

His characters usually fall under the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but also with a healthy dose of Man Child 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 Deadpan Snarker 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 Led Zeppelin) to be not only part of the soundtrack, but 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. Also expect blatant and shameless product placement, to the point that it's so absurdly exaggerated it's sometimes actually funny ("WHERE'S MY SNAK-PAK?!")

Enjoys something of a reputation as "one of the nicest celebrities in Real Life".


Selected filmography:


The following tropes tend to be illustrated by Sandler, his characters, or the movies in which he is the star:

  • The Alleged Car: His song "Ode to My Car," from his album What the Hell Happened to Me?, a profane Reggae with the hook "Piece of shit car." The radio version made great use of the Sound Effect Bleep which arguably made the song even funnier.
  • Bawdy Song/Intercourse with You: "At a Medium Pace". You know the one.
  • The Cameo: 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 The Waterboy. 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.
  • Gender Bender: Jack and Jill won him a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In Eight Crazy Nights and Hotel Transylvania
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In virtually all of Sandler's early roles, his characters were these. Then once The Wedding Singer was made most of his characters were straight-up nice guys.
  • Large Ham: Most of his roles during Saturday Night Live. A few of his film ones as well, such as Hotel Transylvania.
  • List Song: "The Hannukah Song", which lists Jewish (or half/quarter) celebrities. (except O.J. Simpson, which was always there for "NOT A JEW!")
  • This Loser Is You: A common theme in his films.
  • Man Child: His entire career is built on this trope, most notably Billy Madison. Played with in some of his other roles. In Big Daddy, for example, he portrays a character who actually has the mind of an adult but is extremely lazy and irresponsible.
  • Product Placement: 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.
  • Refuge in Audacity: His comedies tend to mock everybody, including minorities (every ethnic stereotype in the book), low-class louts (who would make even John Waters flee in terror), the wealthy (inbred idiots and liars), and gays. When minority groups complained that his films were homophobic, he responded with I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.note  Then he made Zohan to show that Jews can take as much as they dish out.
  • Sung Through Musical: Operaman, which even adds some Gratuitous Italian/Italianesque words for good measure.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: A recurring theme in his movies is that his characters end up with women who are way out of his league. While his first two movies as a lead, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, played this straight, subsequent films tried to subvert it in different ways (Little Nicky had Patricia Arquette, but in the film she was made to look as much as Hollywood Homely as possible, and Mr. Deeds had Winona Ryder, but it turns out that she's a cutthroat tabloid news reporter who poses as a sweet, innocent girl-next-door type in order to get close to Sandler's character, only to fall for real for him), before playing it straight again from Click onwards (though in the meantime, Marisa Tomei played his girlfriend in Anger Management), in which his character's wife is played by Kate Beckinsale and her gorgeous looks are complimented by several characters, before having Salma Hayek as his wife in the Grown-Ups movies.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Many note how Sandler often takes this trope too far. His films frequently insult anyone who isn't him in an almost bullying manner.
  • Wish Fulfillment: Many critics note how his films tend to be this. He often plays a schlubby guy who ends up with a hot girl who's several years his junior, is rich, hangs out with his friends and various athletes and goes on expensive vacations to various countries. And in his earlier films, he often played the friendly schmo who would give obvious bullies their just desserts (and steal their hot girlfriends).

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