Adam Sandler 100% Fresh

I was going to start off with what I assumed to be an unpopular opinion, but now that I’m writing it out, I’m not sure if this actually is an unpopular opinion anymore: I really like Adam Sandler. I was raised on Sandler since I was a child; movies like “Happy Gilmore” are imprinted upon my memory. Now this overview of the Sandlerverse is a little biased due to my love of Sandler’s films, but the stage needs to be set before I get into my review of “100% Fresh.”

Sandler has been on the movie circuit since “Going Overboard” first premiered on May 11, 1989. It wasn’t until the premiere of “Billy Madison” on Feb. 10, 1995, that Sandler truly hit his stride with acting. From there, fans resided in the golden era of the Sandlerverse, where the comedy flowed like fine wine. It wasn’t until until the release of “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” on July, 20, 2007, that Sandler’s streak of good movies came to a screeching halt.

“You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Jack and Jill” and “The Ridiculous 6” are some of the unadulterated pieces of garbage littering the once-clean record of Adam Sandler. Understand that, while I do appreciate Adam Sandler’s work, I observe his films and performances with the highest levels of scrutiny. So when I say that “100% Fresh” is a wonderful breath of fresh air that could be the resuscitation Sandler’s career desperately needed, know that I sincerely mean it.

Sandler has been performing stand-up comedy since 1993, and “100% Fresh” is the latest installment. The Netflix exclusive came out on October 23 and currently sits at a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and fans alike.

For those who have never seen Sandler in a stand-up element, know that his comedic chops are the essence of what brought him to the forefront of Hollywood so long ago. It’s interesting to see his most recent stand-up and compare it to his original “Two Drink Minimum” performance. Over time, many comedians seem to lose their innate ability to make people laugh and their star power fizzles out. Comedians typically overstay their welcome in this regard and, much like flat soda, leave a bad taste in the mouths of those who once enjoyed them. To me, Sandler definitely fell in this category for a long time; I went from watching an Adam Sandler movie with eager eyes, to having suspicions as the films would unfold to generally avoiding anything with his name attached to it.

I’m not sure what possessed me to give this a watch on Netflix – I think I just wanted something on in the background while I folded my laundry. Before I knew it, the laundry was folded and I was just enjoying the performance in and of itself. Sandler’s fragmented performance lends to his overall comedic style and keeps the audience laughing without letting them grow accustomed to the kinds of jokes thrown at them. The soda that is Adam Sandler has somehow re-carbonated and managed to be a delightful treat once more. Stand-up comedy is a thing that requires the comic to tread the line between hilariously inappropriate and unabashedly offensive, and Sandler appears to have found his footing once more.

Sandler has been performing stand-up comedy since 1993, and “100% Fresh” is the latest installment. The Netflix exclusive came out on October 23 and currently sits at a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and fans alike.

Understand that, while I do appreciate Adam Sandler’s work, I observe his films and performances with the highest levels of scrutiny. So when I say that “100% Fresh” is a wonderful breath of fresh air that could be the resuscitation Sandler’s career desperately needed, know that I sincerely mean it.

For those who have never seen Sandler in a stand-up element, know that his comedic chops are the essence of what brought him to the forefront of Hollywood so long ago. It’s interesting to see his most recent stand-up and compare it to his original “Two Drink Minimum” performance. Over time, many comedians seem to lose their innate ability to make people laugh and their star power fizzles out. Comedians typically overstay their welcome in this regard and, much like flat soda, leave a bad taste in the mouths of those who once enjoyed them. To me, Sandler definitely fell in this category for a long time; I went from watching an Adam Sandler movie with eager eyes, to having suspicions as the films would unfold to generally avoiding anything with his name attached to it.

I’m not sure what possessed me to give this a watch on Netflix – I think I just wanted something on in the background while I folded my laundry. Before I knew it, the laundry was folded and I was just enjoying the performance in and of itself. Sandler’s fragmented performance lends to his overall comedic style and keeps the audience laughing without letting them grow accustomed to the kinds of jokes thrown at them. The soda that is Adam Sandler has somehow re-carbonated and managed to be a delightful treat once more. Stand-up comedy is a thing that requires the comic to tread the line between hilariously inappropriate and unabashedly offensive, and Sandler appears to have found his footing once more.

I give this TV special four out of five. 

 

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Steven Gonzalez

Steven Gonzalez

Steven Gonzalez returns to the Puyallup Post as the Editor-in-Chief for 2018-19. Gonzalez began as a reporter in early 2018 where he worked on opinion pieces, community and campus news, and film reviews on the Puyallup Post's podcast: Post Popcorn Picks. Gonzalez is currently wrapping up his AA as he prepares to transfer to a 4-year university; if only he could decide on which one to go to. Regardless of the university, Gonzalez will be content anywhere he gets to put pen to paper. With writing having been his passion since age 12, Gonzalez has crafted an array of works and has even done freelance work for a couple of travel blogs. Gonzalez loves trying new things and frequently escapes his apartment to go on a hike or tackle an escape room. When he's not spending his time at the college's news room, Gonzalez can be found escaping into a good book or video game, or singing karaoke anywhere a song is playing.
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Steven Gonzalez returns to the Puyallup Post as the Editor-in-Chief for 2018-19. Gonzalez began as a reporter in early 2018 where he worked on opinion pieces, community and campus news, and film reviews on the Puyallup Post's podcast: Post Popcorn Picks. Gonzalez is currently wrapping up his AA as he prepares to transfer to a 4-year university; if only he could decide on which one to go to. Regardless of the university, Gonzalez will be content anywhere he gets to put pen to paper. With writing having been his passion since age 12, Gonzalez has crafted an array of works and has even done freelance work for a couple of travel blogs. Gonzalez loves trying new things and frequently escapes his apartment to go on a hike or tackle an escape room. When he's not spending his time at the college's news room, Gonzalez can be found escaping into a good book or video game, or singing karaoke anywhere a song is playing.

Adam Sandler 100% Fresh

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