I am not really a fan of Adam Sandler
— the only films of his I find tolerable are 50 First Dates
and Reign Over Me
. And that kept me away from this movie when it hit theaters, because I've seen Eight Crazy Nights
and that was his attempt at a family comedy. Eeew.
But then I heard, well after, that this film was directed by the great Genndy Tartakovsky
, and that raised my determination level right past the dislike for the star.
I'm thrilled to report I was wrong.
What begins as a wacky screwball comedy that you know is going to take some wrong turns, turns out to have a surprising heart and a beautiful couple of Aesops about trust, and not letting one experience define everything you think.
The Dance Party Ending
is a bit too Dream Works
, but forgiveable. The art and the clear influences of Looney Tunes
and Mad Monster Party
make it worth putting up with the few places where the film falters.