Adam Sandler is a joke in the Ridiculous Six.Even 12-year-old boys would have to concede that the jokes in this Adam Sandler abomination are too stupid for the schoolyard, let alone a Netflix original movie.
Take the running gag with the donkey that sprays diarrhoea with the force and volume of a fire hose. Or the Native American characters being given names like Beaver Breath and Never Wears Bra.
Or the idiot who is blind in one eye but gouges out the other one so he can join a gang of one-eyed bandits.
It’s almost too depressing to go on, particularly when you consider that the budget of $85 million was 10 times that of Netflix’s powerful child-soldier movie Beasts of No Nation.
But part of the Netflix business model is to make content that appeals to each individual demographic – including, quite clearly, the mouth-breathers.
Here Sandler plays a character named White Knife, a white ‘‘orphan’’ who was raised by a Native American tribe. Or rather, Sandler doesn’t play him.
He merely mopes about in White Knife’s clothes, occasionally exploding into stupid, fast-forward kung-fu action. In any case, White Knife is about to meet his real father, an old rogue by the name of Frank Stockton.
Frank is played by Nick Nolte, who is really acting, and the contrast between his performance and Sandler’s is striking. Frank gets kidnapped by a baddie (Danny Trejo, who is also really acting), so White Knife has to save him.
His plan ends up involving the five half-brothers he never knew he had: Mexican Ramon (the criminally unfunny Rob Schneider), slack-jawed simpleton Pete (Taylor Lautner), mute ogre Herm (Lost’s Jorge Garcia), piano-player Chico (Terry Crews), and failed presidential bodyguard Danny (Luke Wilson, who deserves better).
Others turning up to pocket a pay cheque include Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Spade and Vanilla Ice.
The thing goes on and on – for two whole hours – without ever acquiring any sort of momentum or consistency.
The cringe-inducing comedic scenes are interspersed with far too many interminable ‘‘dramatic’’ ones, and incongruous acts of violence occur without warning. Sandler and his long-time collaborators in writer Tim Herlihy and director Frank Coraci seem to think that
The Ridiculous 6 is a satire. It’s not. It’s a lazy pastiche of westerns and western spoofs, replete with lazy, racist jokes that can’t just be waved away with a waft of the irony card. Woeful.
The Ridiculous 6 is currently streaming on Netflix.