Directed by: Frank Coraci // Written by: Ivan Menchell & Clare Sera // Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joel McHale
I actually forgot I watched this last week. It was not quite as bad as I’d expected. I mean, comedically it was probably close - it’s maybe just a step above a Grown Ups movie - but, to be honest, I kinda ate up the schmaltz. I wish that wasn’t true, I wish I hadn’t lost all sense of healthy cynicism and objectivity, but I have, and I am now officially an exposed nerve of a man who will get suckered in by even the laziest attempts at emotional manipulation. Weep for me.
I was going to say, “this was much more my scene than Memphis”, but maybe it’s weird to call a show about such awful things “my scene”. Musically, lyrically and thematically, though, I thought the two shows were worlds apart. The juxtaposition of the subject matter and the form make for an interesting experience and, though I think everything is handled well, it’s certainly the most provocative musical I’ve ever seen. Lyrics like “♫ Oh it’s appallin’ / And really gallin’ / When your deflowerer / Is someone who’s black ♫”, a tap number featuring a child imagining his death in the electric chair, a song about “Jew money”: it’s not your standard West End fare. It’s easy to see both how it got to Broadway and why it bombed there. Good stuff though.
Hah. I’m kinda regretting that Hydra post. Apparently I need to learn to recognise that a person’s preferences in fiction, or perhaps even their hyperbolic statements about them, are not necessarily representative of their actual beliefs. Whoops.
Note: if you’re wearing a Hydra shirt a part of me will believe you’re either a Nazi or a sympathizer.
Having been to a bunch of musicals now, I think I’ve just about learned that winning Best Musical at the Tonys is really no more indicative of quality than winning Best Picture at the Oscars. Most of the time it’ll be fairly decent, sure, but it definitely doesn’t guarantee anything special. This was just okay for me. I mostly enjoyed it for what it was, which was light and feel-good, but overall I found it a bit shallow and lacking in memorable music.