Before watching this movie, I had read the reviews going in, and they were scathing. I was also hesitant because of my hatred of the other film from the Sandler-Netflix deal, "The Ridiculous 6". Despite this, I decided to give "The Do-Over" a watch, as many of the Adam Sandler movies that I greatly enjoy are also panned. Ultimately, I was pleasantly surprised by this film, with it actually ending up being quite enjoyable.
The movie is part raunchy comedy, part action comedy, and part buddy dramedy. The film succeeds in the latter two genres far more than it does in the first, but unfortunately, the raunchy comedy is too overbearing. The raunchy comedy parts of the film are extremely excessive and often unfunny, stretching out gags for way too long and being overly crude and offensive, often aiming for shock value humor. There are still a few funny raunchy jokes, but those are few and far between. The action comedy parts, however, were actually pretty funny to me. They were decently choreographed and smoothly incorporated some humor. The buddy dramedy is where I thought that this film excels. The film pondered morality in parts, however so little time was spent on these, with the film instead rushing to the next raunchy joke.
The writing in this film was also surprisingly decent. The characters are actually pretty well-developed. The protagonist played by David Spade is likable and relatable. He is the everyday guy who thought that he got what he wanted, but didn't. His actions aren't perfect, but mistakes are human, making the audience further relate to him. Sandler's character is more all over the place, however he straightens out by the end of the movie. The plot is rather formulaic overall, however there are some smaller twists that weren't exactly what I expected.
So overall, "The Do-Over" actually pleasantly surprised me. I completely understand why critics hated it, however it clicked a bit more with me. Most of the raunchy areas are weak and unfunny, however other parts are surprisingly good. If you can get past the unfunny parts, it's actually pretty enjoyable.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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