YMMV: Eight Crazy Nights

  • All Adult Animation Is South Park: Not the only example of this trope played straight, but the only feature-length one.
  • Awesome Art: The thing almost everyone seems to agree on with this movie (even people who hate Adam Sandler films) is that the animation is really freaking good. It's more fluid and well-done than some Disney films, which gives an effective balance to the film's vulgar tone.
  • Base Breaker: Whitey's voice. While most liken it to nails on a chalkboard, others are more forgiving because Whitey is just such a Nice Guy.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The only reason the townspeople are so awful to Whitey is to make Davey look better by comparison and Davey himself is so unabashedly nasty that a good amount of viewers really don't care whether or not he gets better.
  • Ear Worm: Similar to Awesome Art, even people who don't like this movie (or Adam Sandler in general) have admitted that the songs are pretty catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Elenore.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The best way to get a selfish, destructive drunk to stop terrorizing innocent citizens is to feel bad for his unwillingness to mourn his parents.
  • Grossout Show: Well duh.
  • Guilty Pleasure: For some. Mostly because the pickings are pretty slim when it comes to movies that are even remotely Hanukkah-themed. The animation helps.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • You know that scene where the brands come alive and give Davey a huge What the Hell, Hero? speech? Well, it seems that someone decided to turn that scene into a movie.
    • One of the biggest criticisms for this movie was how Davey does not deal with his loss the way most people really do, and rather than be introverted and antisocial is a troublemaker. Years later, Adam Sandler would star in Reign Over Me, one of his few dramatic roles where he was hugely praised for his sincere portrayal of someone who lost their whole family to a tragedy.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Davey, after you learn that his parents died when he was a boy. On Hanukkah, when they were on their way to watch his basketball game. Which, before he learned of their deaths, he worked himself to the core winning as a tribute to not only his parents, but to the parents who always came to watch their kids play basketball... despite the fact that they never win. Hoo-boy
  • Most Annoying Sound: Adam Sandler doing Whitey's voice.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite having a few references to Hanukkah, the film has little to do with the eight nights of Hanukkah and is more of a buddy comedy (and the year the film was released, Hanukkah began four weeks before Christmas).
  • The Scrappy: Whitey, due to his obnoxious voice, and Davey, due to his obnoxious personality.
  • Tear Jerker: Davey's past and possibly the mall scene where he finally reads the Hanukkah card his parents where going to give him before they died. Or at least, the flashback could have been a Tear Jerker if it were not for the Vocal Dissonance of the scene being narrated by Whitey.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Davey is meant to be a Jerkass Woobie, but comes off more as an outright bully. Yes, he eventually learns to be a better person, but he also never faces any consequences for his nasty behavior or selfish attitude, which, as many critics have pointed out, is not how someone tends to deal with what he went though.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Yes, it's an animated wacky holiday musical rife with toilet humor, but it is most definitely not for children, what with the focus on deer shitting lots of poop. Doesn't help that in Canada, the movie's rated PG. 14A would have been more like it.
    • This is also not entirely unjustified either. As with most Adam Sandler movies, the juvenile humor and schmaltzy drama, as well as the inability for scenes to make up their minds whether they're funny or serious, won't really appeal to anyone over the age of 18, so it's not for kids or adults as much as preteens.
  • The Woobie: Whitey, whether you like him or not, it is sad to feel like you don't exist by having someone you've been trying to make into a better person tell you so.