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Top 5 Adam Sandler Movies

The Water Boy
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Release date: November 6, 1998
Running time: 90 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is a thirty-something Mama's Boy with no social skills. He lives deep in the South Louisiana swamp with his mother (Kathy Bates) and their donkey Steve. Mama even brushes his hair every night before bed. Bobby's only connection with the outside world is his job as the water boy for the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs, the worst team in college football.
The athletes treat Bobby with scorn and disrespect, yet he relishes his job as water boy and ignores the taunts, until one goes too far. The team immediately realizes that underneath Bobby's soft, gentle exterior lies an athletic warrior ready to be unleashed. Mud Dogs' Coach Klein (Henry Winkler) recruits Bobby to play, but Bobby is reluctant because "my momma ain't gone let me play no football." Coach Klein persists, Bobby relents and the rest is comedy cinematic gold. Bobby relishes his new life, which now includes school and a budding romance, but how will Mama handle it? The Water Boy is my Editorís Choice for best Adam Sandler movie!

The Wedding Singer
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Release date: November 11, 1998
Running time: 90 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Robbie Hart (Sandler) is a professional wedding singer who is also an incurable romantic. He's wished for marriage since he was 10 years old. Unfortunately, he is jilted at the altar on his wedding day. Though it would now seem that being a wedding singer is now an occupational hazard, Robbie continues to play. He is friends with Julia (Drew Barrymore) who is a waitress at one of the venues where he performs. Julia is engaged to Glen Gulia, but she and Robbie begin to fall for one another. Will Julia move forward with her promise to marry Glen? Or, do she and Robbie overcome obstacles that get in their way?
Set in suburban 1980's, The Wedding Singer takes you full speed back to that decade, whether you want to go or not. The 80's are honored throughout the film with Michael Jackson fashion and dance moves and appearances from Billy Idol and Boy George (ok, not the real one). It's a screamingly funny romantic comedy that never gets old, no matter how many times you see it.

Happy Gilmore
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Release date: February 13, 1998
Running time: 95 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Happy Gilmore is a below average hockey player, who can't skate on ice and has a bad temper. He has tried out for the local minor league team at least ten times and has never been selected.
That doesn't deter his love for the sport and what he believes is his destiny to play pro hockey. Happy lives for hockey - and his Grandma, who is on the verge of losing her home to the IRS for back taxes.
How did he become a golfer, you ask? Happy practiced his hockey swing at a putting green, where he is spotted by Chubbs Peterson, a golf legend who gives lessons to locals. Chubbs is blown away by Happy's powerful drive and immediately recruits him to try out for the PGA tour. Happy refutes until Chubbs schools him on the amount of fast money he could earn and Happy's thoughts immediately turn to Grandma and saving her home.
Happy Gilmore is a hilarious take on the pro golf tour. The fight scene between Bob Barker and Happy is a comedy film classic.

Directed by: James L. Brooks
Release date: December 17, 2004
Running time: 131 minutes
Rated: PG-13
John Clasky is a newly discovered gourmet chef who runs his own restaurant in upscale Los Angeles. On the outside, he lives a charmed life: a million-dollar career, a beautiful wife, Deborah, (Tea Leoni) and vibrant children. In reality, he is hesitant to embrace his new celebrity, his wife is an insecure neurotic who is the product of an alcoholic mother (Cloris Leachman), and is on track to instill the same insecurities in their own daughter, Bernice, who is struggling with weight issues and her mother's refusal to accept her.
When a family betrayal is revealed, John struggles with giving up on the life he has built, and leans on the calming presence and arresting beauty of the family nanny, Flor (Paz Vega).
Spanglish is my top choice of Adam Sandlerís dramatic comedies. Narrated by Flor's grown daughter, it gives us a glimpse into west coast privilege and gives us pause to think about what is most important: the happiness of our loved ones or our own?

Just Go With It
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Release date: February 11, 2011
Running time: 117 minutes
Rated PG-13
Danny Maccabee (Sandler) had no alternative than to become a renowned plastic surgeon. That was the feeling he had after spying his fiancť having a truthful conversation with her bridesmaids just moments before their nuptials. Danny cancelled the wedding and swore off committed relationships for the rest of his life, so much so that he wears a gold ban on his left ring finger to deter any woman from making plans further than a one night stand. That changes when he meets the sultry Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) and immediately falls for her.
However, Palmer spots his ring and believes Danny is married. She wants nothing to do with him until Danny convinces her to meet his 'wife' who really is his office manager, Kathryn (Jennifer Aniston). What follows is a trip to paradise where everyone involved, must 'go with it' so Danny can win the girl of his dreams.
When I first learned that Jennifer Aniston was teaming with Adam Sandler to make a film I eagerly anticipated the finished product. I did not wait in vain. Just Go with It is a light-hearted comedy with the perfect ending, one you can escape from the everyday and just go with it. Nicole Kidman is hilarious as Kathryn's competitive college foe, Devlin Adams.

*I viewed each film listed via my personal DVD collection.

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