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 (born 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 4.8 billion USD at the worldwide 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 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 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?!" or "WILL SOMEBODY GET THE KID A HAPPY MEAL?!")
- Going Overboard (1989) - His first movie ever.
- Airheads (1994)
- Billy Madison (1995)
- Happy Gilmore (1996)
- Bulletproof (1996)
- The Wedding Singer (1998)
- The Waterboy (1998)
- Big Daddy (1999)
- Little Nicky (2000)
- Mr. Deeds (2002)
- Punch-Drunk Love (2002) - His first straight drama.
- Eight Crazy Nights (2002) - Adam Sandler as you've never seen him before...Animated!
- Anger Management (2003)
- 50 First Dates (2004)
- Spanglish (2004) - A dramedy, leaning closer to realistic, straight drama (and Sandler is the straight man of a crazy family)
- The Longest Yard (2005 remake)
- Click (2006)
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
- Reign Over Me (2007) - His second straight drama.
- You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
- Bedtime Stories (2008) - His first family-friendly film.
- Funny People (2009) - another dramedy, but equal parts comedy and drama. As in both genres take turns.
- Grown Ups (2010)
- Jack and Jill (2011)
- Just Go With It (2011)
- That's My Boy (2012)
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
- The Cobbler (2014) - another dramedy, this time with a touch of magical realism.
- Pixels (2015) - a science fiction comedy featuring retro gamers vs. video game characters.
- Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
- The Ridiculous 6 (2015) - a Netflix Original Film.
- Sandy Wexler (2017) - a Netflix Original Film.
- The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) - another dramedy. His performance has been acclaimed to the point that even Oscar buzz is being thrown around.
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
- They're All Gonna Laugh At You! (1993)
- What The Hell Happened To Me? (1996)
- What's Your Name? (1997) note
- Stan and Judy's Kid (1999)
- Shh... Don't Tell (2004)
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 cajun 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.
- Dyeing for Your Art: While much of Zohan's physical prowess was the result of stuntmen and serious suspension of disbelief, Sandler got into the best shape of his life (with a full-on six pack and Heroic Build) to play the Israeli Super Soldier.
- Fake Brit: Donald Heffington in The Champion.
- First World Problems: A common observation about his more recent films, especially Grown Ups and Pixels, is that his characters tend to be, at their very worst, Pottery Barn Poor, and are often exceptionally well-off, without any events in the film putting their lifestyle at risk. More cynical viewers have suggested it's because he doesn't want to play someone worse-off than himself.Honest Trailers: Lenny's got Adam Sandler problems: he's too rich, and his wife is too hot!
- Gender Bender: He's been known to do this a lot. Sometimes it works (The GAP girls, several of his album sketches), and other times not to much (Jack and Jill won him a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress).
- He Also Did: Has recorded five comedy music albums:
- They're All Gonna Laugh At You
- What the Hell Happened to Me?
- Stan and Judy's Kid
- What's Your Name?
- Shh..Don't Tell
- Ink-Suit Actor: In Eight Crazy Nights and Hotel Transylvania
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sandler's early roles, his characters were these. Then once The Wedding Singer was made most of his characters were straight-up nice guys. Sandler himself is very much a Nice Guy.
- 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 Chanukah Song" and its sequels, 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.
- Manchild: 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.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: In his albums and Eight Crazy Nights, he voices dozens of characters of different vocal ranges, genders and accents. "Calling Home" features a cast of eight, of which he plays all but three.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's well-known for this. Most of his characters are selfish, immature Jerkasses, but the man himself has a reputation of one of the nicest, most approachable celebrities ever. During production on Eight Crazy Nights, he made an effort to know the name of every member of the animation staff and even asked about their families. In his "Questions Song", Thomas F. Wilson (a classic example of this trope himself) said Adam was "the nicest famous guy [I] know".
- Nice Guy: Adam Sandler seems to be a nice, sweet, friendly person in real life who many people seem to love working with.
- No Budget: Subverted with his 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. He gives the rest of the budget to his friends and single-handedly makes them rich.
- Old Shame: He was NOT in Going Overboard. At least, that's what his official website said.
- Playing with Character Type: Punch-Drunk Love and Click. More information on the trope page.
- 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.
- Production Posse: The films he makes at Happy Madison can have a lower cast/crew turnaround than a Coen Brothers movie. For instance, he often works with director Dennis Dugan and Peter Segal and actors David Spade, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Chris Farley (while he was alive), Steve Buscemi, Kevin Nealon, and Tim Meadows. Also, if you ever see Peter Dante, Allen Covert and Jonathan Loughran (especially the former two), you can bet the film is a Happy Madison Production.
- 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), the physically disabled or stunted, 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 You Don't Mess with the Zohan to show that Jews can take as much as they dish out.
- Something Completely Different: What's Your Name?, to date his only comedy album to feature all songs and no skits.
- 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, especially considering that his characters are lower-class louts or straight up have personality issues. 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 was invoked, as 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, in which his character's wife is played by Kate Beckinsale and her gorgeous looks are complimented by several characters (though in the meantime, Marisa Tomei played his girlfriend in Anger Management).
- 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.
- Vacation, Dear Boy: He's openly admitted to setting several of his movies in exotic spots simply so he can go on a paid vacation.
- What Could Have Been: Was on Quentin Tarantino's short-list for the role of Donny Donowitz (The Bear Jew), in Inglourious Basterds. The role ultimately went to Eli Roth.
- 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).
- Written by Cast Member: Co-wrote Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, Eight Crazy Nights, Jack and Jill, The Ridiculous Six, Hotel Transylvania 2 and did re-writes on Pixels.