Sandler, James, Rock, Schneider, and Spade Together At Last
by Alex Billington
February 11, 2009
Columbia Pictures has hit the jackpot! Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade are negations to star in an untitled comedy to be directed by Happy Gilmore and You Don't Mess With the Zohan helmer Dennis Dugan. Sandler's Happy Madison is developing and is planning to shoot over the upcoming summer. Taking a cue from some of Judd Apatow's comedies that take place over one day of time, the story, written by Sandler and Strange Wilderness writer Fred Wolf, is about five best friends from high school who reunite 30 years later on a Fourth of July weekend. Hilarity ensues.
As exciting as this is at first glance, let's not forget that Kevin James and Adam Sandler already teamed up once to bring us I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. And the last big ensemble film that Adam Sandler starred in was The Longest Yard. Not the best two films from Sandler in the last few years unfortunately. Here's what I'm wondering - are any of these guys funny enough anymore to all still bring something unique to this? I'm not saying that to be negative, but I'm curious whether these guys will be funnier together or whether they are funnier individually. And is the story good enough to be a hit by today's standards?