Between Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish, Adam Sandler has proven that there’s more to him than fart gags and sex with old lady jokes. He has surprisingly great range as a comedic and dramatic actor, although he rarely chooses to put his talent to effective use. His recent string of movies, which includes Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy, and Pixels, have been among his biggest bombs. While some of his Netflix exclusives have performed well with subscribers, the critical reception wasn’t exactly stellar. If early buzz is any indication, however, it appears that Sandler has found redemption at the Cannes Film Festival.
According to early reports, Sandler’s latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories, received a four-minute standing ovation following its premiere. Its rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently sits at 93% positive with only one negative review thus far. Centered on an estranged family that’s reunited, this comedy/drama also stars Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman. Netflix distributed the film, which is apparently no Ridiculous 6.
Praise for an Adam Sandler movie is hard to come by. Of course it’s worth mentioning that his production company, Happy Madison, had nothing to do with The Meyerowitz Stories. That probably explains a lot. Having Noah Baumbach of The Squid and the Whale behind the camera doesn’t hurt either.
Stay tuned for on The Meyerowitz Stories and Cannes!