Eight Crazy Nights is a heartwarming family animated musical from 2002 that will bring joy and laughter to people of all ages.
It's actually about a Jewish drunk in his early thirties named Davey Stone (voiced by Adam Sandler) who, after one too many run-ins with the law, is forced to clean up his act lest he spend the next decade in prison. Local youth sports volunteer and bully magnet Whitey Duvall (also voiced by Sandler) promises the small town of Dukesberry, New Hampshire that he can turn the delinquent into a model citizen before the last night of Hanukkah. Meanwhile, Davey tries to rekindle a relationship with his childhood crush, who's now a single mother, and her son.
It features rocket farts, snowman killing and an old lady getting her melons squeezed (not what it sounds like), and that's just the first five minutes!
- 555: The phone sex hotline Whitey apparently tried is 1-555-BOOBIES.
- Accidental Rhyme: Whitey tells Davey about the many good things about the mall, making up many rhymes in his speech. Lampshaded when Davey asks, "Did you plan that or did you rhyme that many times by accident?" Whitey agrees that it was weird, confirming that it was an accident.
- Adaptation Expansion: Whitey is based on a one-shot character from Sandler's album Stan and Judy's Kid. (He also appears in Little Nicky, played by Dana Carvey.)
- All Adult Animation Is South Park: A particularly egregious example, just for the Toilet Humor.
- Alter Kocker: Eleanore, though Whitey claims that they aren't Jewish.
- Animated Musical
- Anti-Christmas Song: "Davey's Song".
- Art-Style Dissonance: It looks like a Disney movie, but it's incredibly vulgar and mean-spirited.
- As You Know: Whitey's introductory scene has the judge telling him a whole bunch of stuff, in particular his imminent retirement, that he should already know.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Eleanore is ten pounds of ass-kicking in a five-pound bag. See the scene when she's confronted by the man who stole her Liz Taylor wig as a child and returns it as a peace offering, after which she roundhouse kicks him in the face, knocking him out cold, then sticks his hand down his pants and leaves him there.
- Big "OMG!": Davey when he discovers his trailer on fire, unaware that his jock strap-eating opponent he won against in pick up basketball lit it and poured gasoline over it.
- Book-Ends: The film begins on the first night of Hanukkah and ends on the last.
- Brick Joke: Davey picks on the fat kid in his team, telling him to wear a bra next time he comes on the court. We next see him at the mall trying on a bra in a changing stall.
- But Thou Must!: A rare non-videogame example. Before Davey could leave the city on the bus all of the tires pop right in front of the place where the patch ceremony is being held.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Whitey isn't exactly normal, but his sister Eleanore makes him look sane.Ahh, a burglar! Take what you want, but please don't chop my legs off!
- Cool Old Guy: Whitey.
- Convulsive Seizures: Both Whitey and Eleanor suffer from these throughout the film, always Played for Laughs. In fact, the very last shot of the film is Whitey convulsing on the floor of the mall, declaring it "the happiest seizure he's ever had."
- Covers Always Lie
- The film's two promotional posters and it's soundtrack album features Davey, with a devilish look on his face, flying his trailer through town and up into the air, with Whitey, Eleanore and the deer hanging onto a cord with various bits of Christmas and Hanukkah decor as they trail behind him. Davey's trailer doesn't fly in the film proper, nor is there any implication of the existence of magic.
- The DVD cover for the 2-Disc Special Edition features Davey throwing a snowball at the... well, at you, as Whitey, Eleanore, Jennifer and her (Jennifer's) son Benjamin, stand by him, smiling over it (except for Eleanore, who reacts as you'd expect her to). Jennifer is most certainly not shown smiling or otherwise approving of any of Davey's antics or Jerkass behavior in the actual film.
- Creator Provincialism: The film's setting of Dukesberry, New Hampshire is based on Adam Sandler's hometown of Manchester, NH.
- Disney Creatures of the Farce: The deer.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Davey makes fun of a fat kid playing in a basketball game, and both his parents glare at him for doing so.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Had Davey not got the town to acknowledge of how much of a jerk they've been to Whitey and what a service he did to the town, they wouldn't have given Whitey the recognition he deserved and Davey wouldn't be off the hook for the break-in.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why Davey is such a Jerkass, especially during the winter holidays is that his parents were killed in a car crash during that time.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Combined with Mushroom Samba in "Intervention Song" (Davey's broken into the mall, drunk off his sorry jerk ass) and done by product placement of all things.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: From "Technical Foul."Davey: Ohhhh, this is such bull-shit!Whitey: In this house, we say bull spit!
Davey (singing): I was such a shiiiiiiitheeeeeead...Flashback!Whitey: Feces!
- Gets a Call-Back during "Bum Biddy:"
- Holiday Pardon: Zig-Zagged. When Davey Stone arrives at the award banquet, the police grab him and are about to arrest him when Jennifer — noticing Davey seems genuinely remorseful — calls for everyone to at least hear him out. They agree to hear him out, deciding to punish him after he's had his say. But after Davey calls them all out for being such assholes to Whitey, they instead follow him to where Whitey is so they can give him the award he so richly deserved. Davey is let off not because it's the holidays, but because of what he did for Whitey.
- Hook Hand: "I wonder if that guy ever wiped his ass, with the wrong hand?!" "Yes..."
- "I Am" Song: The first song in the movie, "Davey's Song" has Davey singing about how much he hates the holidays while causing mischief through the town.
- I Got Bigger: One of the awards at the All-Star Banquet is for the biggest growth spurt, from 4 foot 2 inches to six foot five.
- Informed Attribute: Whitey's been coaching youth basketball for over fifty years, despite his deformity, but the one time we see him in action, he's constantly out of breath and disoriented as if he's never stepped on a court in his life.
- In the Style of...: The film's animation design is amazingly similar to that of The Iron Giant; most of the animation crew had recently been laid off from Warner Bros. now-defunct feature animation unit.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Nearly all of the name actors in the film, including Adam Sandler himself (based of photos of him from his early twenties) and many of his Saturday Night Live alumni friends.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: The Chinese waiter, given that he's voiced by Rob Schneider.
- "I Want" Song: The second song, where Whitey sings about his hopes for the All-Star Banquet.
- Jerkass: Davey is incredibly boorish, mean-spirited, sexist and antagonistic during the first half of the film.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Davey repeatedly says he doesn't want to talk about the night his parents died, but they go ahead and discuss it right in front of him regardless. Can you blame him for snapping at them afterwards?
- Jerkass Realization: During Davey's speech, the townsfolk realize how mean they've been by taking advantage of Whitey and try to repent.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Davey starts to become this in the second half where he warms up to Jennifer's son, Benjamin, and starts treating Whitey and Eleanore better. Then, in the end, he calls out the townspeople for taking advantage of Whitey.
- Karma Houdini:
- The basketball player who sets Davey's trailer on fire as revenge for beating him in a game of basketball... and making him eat a fat sweaty man's jockstrap.
- Davey is Easily Forgiven for all of his obnoxious behavior, including several crimes such as stealing, breaking and entering, DUI and resisting arrest, after he gets the townspeople to acknowledge Whitey's hard work (he's at least willing to be caught by the police in his efforts to do so). The most punishment he gets is a self-inflicted wedgie.
- Kick the Dog: Davey does a lot of mean things, but by far the cruelest is ream out Whitey as being a worthless nobody who is deluding himself into believing anyone cares about him in spite of 35 years of work with nothing to show for it, and all because Whitey rightfully called him out on refusing to come to terms with the death of his parents. Whitey is so heartbroken from this, that once he loses the chance to get a patch (at first), he descends into a full blown Despair Event Horizon. It's also one of the very few scenes of Davey's nastiness that isn't played for laughs.
- Mood Whiplash:
Whitey: You know, Stone, if my imaginary-wife and I ever have a son, I hope that you consider him a brother.
- Davey and Jennifer's song where they reminisce about their childhoods is interrupted when the former sees his home on fire.
- The finale has Whitey and Davey exchange wishes of "Happy Hanukkah" and "Merry Christmas" before the pair hug.
Davey: Thanks, Whitey. And I'll pretend I never heard you say that.
Whitey: 'preciate it.
- The last shot of the film is Whitey, after a joyous moment of recognition, on the ground having "the happiest seizure ever."
- Mr. Fanservice: For a character who's supposed to be a lazy alcoholic based visually on Adam Sandler, Davey is pretty ripped (Word of God is that Davey was designed to look like "an Adam Sandler action figure," with all that that implies).
- Multi Boobage: "Even Mrs. Selman with the one extra breast!"
- Musicalis Interruptus: "And my trailer's caught on fire... FIRE?!"
- My God, What Have I Done?: All of the townspeople. IN SONG!
- Non-Indicative Name: While the film takes place over the course of the eight nights of Hanukkah and has several references to the holiday, it's not really about Hanukkah itself and is more of a buddy comedy. It was released on the first night of Hanukkah, though it didn't coincide with Christmas (in 2002, Hanukkah started the day after Thanksgiving).
- Prank Date: Type 2. During the song "Bum Biddy", one of the women reveals she went to high school with Whitey; as a joke she told him to meet her at the prom. When he got there, she was already taken with another guy and told Whitey, "I can't believe you ever thought I was serious!" causing everyone to laugh at him. This was enough for Whitey to run home crying and have to slow dance with his mom.
- Produce Pelting: Working as a youth basketball referee, Davey challenges the crowd to throw things at him and he gets his wish. The court becomes littered with concessions in no time.
- Product Placement: Easily one of the most notorious examples of this for a Sandler film. Not only do we get an entire subplot about Whitey's love of the shopping mall, introduced with his poem that name-drops every conceivable popular brand, as well as Davey's intervention from store logos who come to life, but none of the brands in question were asked to help fund the film for these plugs. That's not "product placement", that's free advertisement.note
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Or rather, song, as Davey derides the town (and himself) for making fun of Whitey while ignoring Whitey's selfless acts.
- Shirtless Scene: Davey, Whitey and Benjamin during the shirts-and-skins basketball game.
- Singing Simlish: The chorus to the song "Bum Biddy", which is a parody of nigunim, a series of melodies accompanied by nonsense syllables sung in Jewish religious services.
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: "Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "Dontcha." "Dontcha who?" "Don'tcha wish I wouldn't have gone to the hardware store so that I could've come up with a better joke this year?"
- Spontaneous Choreography: It's to be expected from a movie that's basically a series of musicals.
- Start of Darkness: Davey's descent to a life of drinking and jerkassery began because his parents died on Hanukkah.
- Toilet Humor: A fair bit throughout. For instance, a deer "projectile shits" from laughing so hard. There's also Whitey's port-a-potty ride. And when he gets frozen just afterward by Davey hosing him down, he's cleaned up by the deer... and one turns to grin at the camera with crap in its teeth. But then again, it is an Adam Sandler movie.
- Transgender: The mayor's wife. Though she looks more like a very obvious Crossdresser.
- Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Or in this case, multiple scenes all singing in chorus.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Davey discovers his Childhood Friend and sweetheart, Jennifer, got married, had a son and was then cheated on by her husband, leaving her to rase the son as a single parent.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: "See anything?" "Just some deer doing a pyramid."
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Davey. As a child, he was a star basketball player in his hometown. After his parents died, he spent the next twenty years in an out of foster homes, refusing to come to terms with the tragedy, until he became the delinquent he is today.
- Villain Protagonist: Davey. He gets better by the end.
- Visual Pun: Davey squeezes an old woman's (water)melons.
- Wham Line:Davey: Nobody in this town even knows you EXIST!
- What Happened to the Mouse?
- There's no indication that Davey does the time in jail he earned after the events of the film. To elaborate, that night, the judge said that Davey's sentence starts now. However, we don't ever see if he decided to drop that or not. Did Davey end up going to jail or not?
- Also, the basketball player who sets Davey's trailer on fire as revenge for beating him in a game of basketball. He just disappears and isn't mentioned again.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Davey chews out the townsfolk for their treatment of Whitey through song after they fail to recognize his devotion for the 35th year in a row.
- X-Ray Sparks: In the song "Bum Biddy", this happened to Whitey when he opted to be the TV antenna during a thunderstorm.
- You Monster!: After Davey verbally abuses Whitey in public, Eleanor snaps back at him "You're an animal!"