Eight Crazy Nights
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
The holiday season's other animated feature,
Comedian Adam Sandler made a strong impression on critics earlier this year with
Phil Boatwright says, "Evidently, [Sandler] wanted to bring Hanukah to the attention of those unfamiliar with the Jewish celebration, so he's wrapped his story around those holidays. This portrait of the custom is about as reverent as an Alpo commercial. Sandler is funny, there is no getting around it. And the film exhibits something approximating a life lesson (bitter man finds redemption), but it is crude in the extreme. It's downright vulgar. Be warned, parents, this one isn't for the normal family." Lynn Nusser (Preview) echoes that opinion: "While this animated musical is funny, its humor is too vulgar for kids and too immature for adults."
Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) explains. "As flawed as
Ed Blank (Catholic News) agrees: "Audiences in search of seasonal sentiments won't want to wade through the movie's first hour. Sandler's core audience is just as likely to find the concluding scenes too sappy for what leads up to them. Davey's inevitable redemption … isn't just unpersuasive. It becomes a license to let him behave as outrageously as he can beforehand."
Whether or not mainstream critics celebrate Hanukah, they certainly aren't celebrating Sandler's movie. Bruce Fetts (Entertainment Weekly) gives it a failing grade, saying "[It's] the most ill-conceived animated comedy since the 1991 dog