Believe it or not, from Adam Sandler’s extensive body of films, he has never made a sequel. Now some of you may argue that his basic plot is rehashed in 90% of his films (and I wouldn’t disagree), but the fact remains that there has never been a second installment of any of his films. It seems that the creative well has run even drier as Showblitz (via Variety) reports that Sandler is in talks with Grown Ups scribe, Fred Wolf to discuss a potential sequel. I can’t exactly blame him. Sony and Happy Madison Productions’ Grown Ups was the highest-grossing film for Sandler at a worldwide total of $271 million. Though Sandler is not yet signed on for the sequel, his involvement is contingent upon the script. Perhaps we’ll see him in a reunion with Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade. Hit the jump for more, including why this is all America’s fault.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: I’m a huge Adam Sandler fan. This goes back to the days of The Cosby Show and MTV’s Remote Control. I used to listen to the man’s tapes (yes, tapes) in high school. His movies from the 90s were constantly played somewhere in my fraternity house. I even selected The Waterboy as one of my top five favorite football movies (which many of you crucified me for). That being said, I’d take the poorer, funnier Sandler from 1990 – 2000 than the rich, jaded man that he has become in the last decade.
However, I don’t blame him for anything (except maybe Punch Drunk Love. Oh, and Little Nicky, which started his downward spiral). I don’t blame him for trying to make as much money as he can as easily as he can. The guy is rolling in it and so are his friends, who he’s included in pretty much every movie he’s ever made (oh and he also bought each of them a Maserati after the premiere of Grown Ups. Yeah.). So who is to blame for the awful quality of his movies lately? Is it the studios, the producers, the writers? No. It’s America. And if you’ve seen one of his movies in the theater in the last ten years, then it’s you. You are to blame.
Out of the $271 million that Grown Ups made, $160 million of it came out of US wallets with $40 million of it on opening weekend. You need to stop this. I’m not calling for a boycott, I’m calling for standards. I’m asking you to stand up and demand the old Sandler magic, to hold him accountable for what he puts on the screen. Give him the Shyamalan treatment. I implore you. Do it for Madison Riley.