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At Theaters: 11/27/2002 On Video: 11/4/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 11 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409973
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
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.
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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.
Cast and Crew Heading
Adam Sandler (Voices of Davey Stone, Whitney, Eleanor, Deer)
Rob Schneider (Voices of Chinese Waiter/Narrator)
Kevin Nealon (Voice of the Mayor)
Austin Stout (Voice of Benjamin)
Norm Crosby (Voice of Judge)
Jon Lovitz (Voice of Tom Baltezor)
Director: Seth Kearsley MUMMIES ALIVE
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: 4 S-words, 5 A-words, just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: There are a few rather mild sexual references.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: The main character drinks a lot to forget his problems.
COMEDY: This is NOT a fun holiday comedy. There's not much humor.

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Below Average

The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.

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Entertainment Weekly   Full 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  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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 vulgar.''

USA TODAY  Full 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 Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 57 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
Very High
13-19Teens (F)
Very High
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20-29Yg Adults (F)
About 50/50
30+Adults (M)
Fairly Low
30+Adults (F)
Fairly High
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to all!

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