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Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: November 27, 2002
CAP Score: 50
CAP Influence Density: 1.52
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ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS (PG-13) -- Davey was always in trouble with the law...
Production: Happy Madison, Meatball Animation
Distribution: Columbia Pictures, Columbia TriStar
Director(s): Seth Kearsley
Producer(s): Brooks Arthur, Allen Covertm Jack Giarraputom Denise Pleunemm Adam Sandler, Ken Tsumura
Written by/Screenplay: Brooks Arthur, Allen Covert, Brad Isaacs, Adam Sandler (story)
Music: Teddy Castellucci, Marc Ellis, Ray Ellis
Film Editing: Amy Budden
Casting: Elizabeth Boykewich, Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Philip A. Cruden
Do NOT be fooled by the boxart. This is NOT a family film. With the entirety of this show focused around impudence, hate and sex it will, however, be a hit among the hate-mailers we get.
The only things I can say good about this 73-minute film is the finale, some of the music was great and that it was a respectable mixture of the Jewish faith (Sandler's own faith) and Christianity with inclusion of both the Hanukkah and Christmas. And this Christmas was with Jesus - as a baby in the Nativity. While I can respect the inclusion of the Jewish faith, I cannot serve the Jewish faith since our Jewish friends reject Jesus as the Messiah, thus another issue of dissonance within the family of God. Jesus spent three days in Hell so we would not have to spend one moment there. I am not about to reject Him.
The fascination Hollywood has with body functions, fluids and excrements is astounding. This movie is South Park and Jacka: The Movie toned down. The lead character, chief of the nasties 33 year old Jewish Davey Stone (voice of Adam Sandler playing himself) threw diminutive gentle 80 year old Whitey Duvall (voice of Adam Sandler) into a portable outhouse then kicks it down a hill. Whitey emerges half-alive and covered in feces. Stone arrogantly sprays him with a garden hose to clean off the feces but instead of being cleaned off, Whitey becomes frozen in the wintry winds becoming what Stone called a "poop-cicle." A herd of deer come to lick the ice off, then smile for the camera to show off the feces dripping off and running between their teeth. That is just one example of the crudeness of this entire show. The same deer are seen later defecating with their posteriors raised high as the viewer must watch the feces exit the anus.
Davey Stone is clearly the "Scrooge" in this "Christmas Carol" and the crotchety guy in countless other holiday stories of hate and bitterness being evaporated by the love shared during the holidays. There are no three ghosts of Christmas to visit him but the small but courageous Whitey Duvall and his same-aged sister Eleanore Duvall (also the voice of Sandler) serve to start breaking down the hatred and bitterness Stone has harbored since the death of his parents some 20 years earlier.
Davey used to be a great guy and a good athlete, destined for greatness. Jennifer (voice of Jackie Titone)was his sweetheart Then one day while on the basketball court, wrapping up yet another hard-earned victory, the police show up and speak to Davey's coach. It was bad news. For Davey. His parents were dead. Jennifer tried her best to comfort Davey but he wouldn't have it. From that moment, Davey went downhill with no bottom in sight and the relationship between Davey and Jennifer went on ice.
Davey was always in trouble with the law and always on the bad side of everyone he met. Everyone bent over backwards to try to overlook Davey's constant and relentless mischief and crimes until one day Davey finally laid the straw that broke the camel's back. Davey was given one more chance to change himself and get his attitude to catch up with his 33 year old frame else he would spend 10 years in prison. Maybe there is something being unintentionally said in all the second chances Davey got? [Eccl. 8:11].
But with the attitude Davey had there was little hope of staying out of prison. Enters little Whitey Duvall, the recreation coach of basketball for 35 years. Whitey asked the judge to sentence Davey to being his assistant coach. The judge agreed with the condition that if Davey gets in trouble one more time, the sentence would begin.
Davey forces himself to clean up his act -- a little. Just enough to keep out of jail. But his mouth remains as vulgar as ever. A father of one of the basketball team members was particularly angered by Stone's excessive and unreasonable hate talk to the kids and burned down Stone's mini-trailer residence. Now Stone has nowhere to live. Enters again the small but big-hearted Whitey Duvall offering Stone a place to live -- with him. Now Stone has to not only adapt to live with Whitey and his ways, Stone has to adapt to become compatible with Eleanor's ways as well. The fur flies.
While there are no ghosts of Christmas in this mockery of the "Christmas Carol", there is a Tiny Tim in Benjamin (voice of Austin Stout), son of Jennifer, a childhood sweetheart of Stone. Benjamin is not very confident and feels he is a loser at basketball. Stone, sensing Benjamin's desperation, takes Benjamin under his wing to encourage him. And that Stone does. Now Stone is starting to feel for someone besides himself. If there is a Tiny Tim to this story, it is Benjamin. And Benjamin's single-mom mother is Jennifer, Stone's long lost love from childhood. The presses to squeeze the hatred and bitterness out of Stone are gathering. But that is all I will tell you of the story and plot. Let me now tell you of our findings.
Some of the crude and vulgar humor in the Sandler brainchild include a three breasted woman breast feeding three babies and rocking her breasts side to side in dance until they nearly flop out of her low-cut dress. Stone is seen trying to have intercourse with the rear of a car. A boy is seen wearing a girl's underwear. [1 Cor. 6:18] Flatulence is used as a weapon. The movie is filled with such snicker-giggle crowd fodder. [Prov. 8:13, Prov. 17:20, Eph. 5:4, Ps. 12:8] Also available for your 13 year olds and younger are examples of drunkenness [1Cor. 6:9-10], sex talk between children [Rom. 5:19, 1Tim. 6:11]. I will leave the rest of the examples of offensive programming to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.
Regarding drunkenness in entertainment, let me close with the following finding by the American College of Physicians.
A recent study revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. The report further states the prevalence of having tried smoking without parental knowledge was 35% for those with no restrictions on viewing R-rated movies, 12% for those with partial restrictions, and two percent for those with complete restrictions. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? Especially since attendance to PG-13 movies by the target audience of the finding report is assuredly going to be greater than to R-rated movies. Something to think about, mom/dad.
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