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Davey Stone finds himself in trouble with the law after his wild ways go too far. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the judge gives Davey one last chance at redemption - spend the holiday performing community service as the assistant referee for the youth basketball league or go to jail. Davey thinks he’s gotten off easy until he meets Whitey Duvall.
Animated Comedy Musical - This is not a happy, fun holiday movie. The main character (Adam
Sandler) is a very mean, hurtful person after losing his parents. He
spends much of the movie being bad. It shows him changing to a
better person near the end, which provides some feel-good moments,
so there is a moral to the story. It's NOT a movie for children
due to the content. It's primarily targeted at young teens.
PROFANITY: 4 S-words, 5 A-words, just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: There are a few rather mild sexual references. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: The main character drinks a lot to forget his problems. ACTION: None COMEDY: This is NOT a fun holiday comedy. There's not much humor.
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Review Terrible "Eight Crazy Nights doesn't just cram as many poop
jokes as possible into the longest 71 minutes of your life. Sandler actually has
the chutzpah to expect you to care about his caricatures. ...the most
ill-conceived animated comedy since the 1991 dog Rover Dangerfield."
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Below Average "Maybe those Sandler fans who were deeply
disappointed by their hero's foray into real acting in Punch Drunk Love
will be satisfied by this animated offering. I doubt anyone else will be. This
is as dreadful a holiday offering as you're likely to find this year. A lump of
coal would be more welcome.''
Review Average "Heaven help the unsuspecting families who wander into
"Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights" expecting a jolly animated holiday
funfest. I can understand why Sandler might want to venture into "South
Park" territory with a raunchy animated cartoon, but not why he links it to
Christmas and Hanukkah. The advertising will inevitably use holiday images, and
in the minds of most people those images will not suggest a film this angry and
Review Below Average "Nights is as off-color as 1999's South
Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, only minus its cleverness. It's hard to
pinpoint the movie's target audience, but it would serve justice to see any
parent who takes a child to Nights looking mighty fidgety in a police
lineup the next day.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some VERY mixed opinions. It's no surprise that young males and females rated it the highest. It was created for that age group and it apparently satisfied them.
Adults don't stand a very good chance of enjoying it. Most didn't rate it real low, but they also didn't rate it real high.
For teens this movie may be worth a look, especially if you're an Adam Sandler fan. Adults should probably not take a chance on "8 Crazy Nights."
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Older kids, teens, and young adults are likely to enjoy this animated holiday film with attitude. Older viewers, particularly parents, may find some objection to the gross-out humor and profanity, but overall this should have as much widespread approval as most of Sandler's live-action films.
Antagonizing protagonist Davey
Stone (Adam Sandler) is a young man who hates the
holidays and is determined that no one else in the town of Dukesberry is going
to enjoy them either.
On the first night of
Hanukah, the perpetually grumpy Davey goes on a rowdy rampage and is arrested.
Since this is hardly the first time he's gone on a destructive binge, the town
judge sentences Davey to ten years in prison. It is only through the
intercession of a kindly old codger named Whitey (also voiced by Sandler) that
Davey is spared. Whitey, a local basketball ref, agrees to take responsibility
for Davey, who is hilariously ungrateful. Though Whitey suffers Davey's foul
temper and bad attitude with good humor, others are less sympathetic,
particularly his childhood sweetheart Jennifer, who has just returned to
Dukesberry with her son, Benjamin.
When Davey's mobile
home burns down, he is forced to move in with Whitey and his kvetchy sister,
Eleanor (also voiced by Sandler). The familial atmosphere softens Davey somewhat
until they tap into his painful past. He turns on Whitey and Eleanor, and goes
off on a boisterous tear. It is only by confronting the ghosts of holidays'
past, and an act of selfless kindness, that Davey is able to overcome his demons
and enjoy the holidays again.