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Overall Rating
2.05

Awesome: 18.75%
Worth A Look: 6.25%
Average: 3.13%
Pretty Bad: 4.69%
Total Crap67.19%

4 reviews, 40 user ratings


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Eight Crazy Nights
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by PyThomas

"This whole film's a technical foul."
1 stars

You can't blame Adam Sandler for having his heart in the right place. On paper, Eight Crazy Nights seemed like a great idea... an animated film involving Hanukkah, infused with that famous Sandler brand of sophomoric-yet-revenue-generating humor. Unfortunately, the final product is a giant mess.

The two main characters in this film are Davey and Whitey (both voiced by Sandler). They're the TWO main characters because the story can't seem to make up its mind on who the main focus should be on. It starts out on Davey, who's a cynical delinquent in his thirties, living in a small trailer in the town of Dukesberry and deliberately ruining other people's good cheer during the holiday season. After one too many stunts lands him in court, he is spared his jail time by Whitey, a diminutive, seizure-prone and hairy nebbish refereeing junior basketball and helping people out with odd jobs anywhere he can find them. Whitey agrees to look after Davey in the hopes of rehabilitating him (and also in the hopes of winning the Dukesberry All-Star Patch - a valuable prize to Whitey).

Along the way, Davey meets his former school-age sweetheart Jennifer, who's now a single mom raising her son Benjamin, who in turn plays junior basketball. After Davey helps Benjamin improve his game in a two-on-two matchup with some grown-up jocks, he starts to bond with the little boy, and tries to relight the flame that he and Jennifer once had. As the film goes along, the focus seems to shift mostly to Whitey, who struggles to set Davey straight with mixed results.

The animation is low-grade, and it's even real choppy at some points. As with any Sandler film, there's plenty of cheap laughs and bathroom humor... hey, ever see animated deer take a shit? And to top things off, the ending seems real abrupt and unfulfilling, at least where Davey is concerned. The whole movie runs 78 minutes... they could have tacked on a few more minutes and wrapped things up with Davey maybe kissing Jennifer or riding off into the sunset with Benjamin on his shoulder or something.

As with your average animated Disney fare, Eight Crazy Nights is sprinkled throughout with little "endearing" musical numbers such as "That's a Technical Foul" (where Whitey goes over the rules of his house with Davey) or "Have a Good Cry" (where Davey is badgered into confronting some emotional issues from his past by - get this - ghostly icons from the local mall). Oh yeah, wasn't this film supposed to involve Hanukkah in some way? You know, those "Eight Crazy Nights" the title of the film alludes to? The Jewish holiday isn't a major player in the story at ALL, only getting lip service in parts of the script here and there. But wait... there's the widely-publicized film-ending performance of Adam's third "Hanukkah Song", right? Well, I thought it was gonna be a fully animated performance, the way they were pushing it... but nope, it's just played over some plain closing credits.

Basically, this is a film that had plenty of good intentions, but in the end everything got all screwed up. Eight Crazy Nights is one undercooked potato cake.

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originally posted: 01/10/04 04:38:42
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User Comments

2/20/11 Ark Turd! Smarmy and mean-spirited! Sandler=turd! 1 stars
12/29/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess A mixed bag 3 stars
5/23/09 art THE BOTTOM OF THE BARELL! 1 stars
8/15/08 Shaun Wallner Sandler makes some great films! 5 stars
7/08/06 NS I laughed and laughed, but it can be offensive crap. 2 stars
5/02/06 Anthony Feor No comment 1 stars
12/27/04 mjoc Why? Crap this bad should be illegal. 1 stars
8/06/04 ELI I did not laugh ONCE during this movie. >:( 1 stars
5/04/04 Greg Axelson Da Bomb 5 stars
3/24/04 Neo I think this movie is just great. Just hilarious. 5 stars
2/24/04 Libby C. This is one of the best movies ever! I love it! 5 stars
2/10/04 Greg I think this movie was funny, who cares about maturity! 4 stars
2/08/04 anonoymous Funny movie... 5 stars
2/02/04 Janelle Baril This movie kicked so much ass! It made me laugh and cry! Definetly one of Adam S.'s best! 5 stars
1/29/04 taylor you stuipid fat bitch adam sandler rolls 5 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Crude humor and mediocre original tunes are no help to this awful animated flick. 1 stars
12/19/03 bernard shaw this movie sucked way too much 1 stars
12/06/03 bender it just stoops too low. has a few laughs here and there, but not enough 2 stars
11/20/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) This is a damn good movie, you sons of bitches! Very funny, & Whitey is cool. 5 stars
11/17/03 Classic Crude Comedy Raunchy, mean-spirited, and hilarious! 4 stars
5/26/03 mee funny 5 stars
5/22/03 fgkughkgbyu steve oederkerk kicks sandlers' ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
4/24/03 J.M. Excellent, Masterpiece, a credit to the nation 5 stars
4/13/03 Dana Carvey must DIE!!! it's very simple. Adam Sandler fans are gay. 1 stars
3/31/03 Mandy I thought it was reeli funny!! haha but i see how others could find it offending... 5 stars
2/22/03 Jon lame 1 stars
2/18/03 taj Adam, please convert to another religion. 1 stars
2/11/03 Crystal Costa Not good for kids 3 stars
1/31/03 Her Royal Heinie Animated self-parody of Adam Sandler, who is better not parodied. 2 stars
12/30/02 John Aster Habig it dsoesn't even deserve a friggin Razzie 1 stars
12/14/02 George Jung=Pedophile Here's a good reason to see The Two Towers 1 stars
12/07/02 BAM GREAT 5 stars
12/05/02 Snookeroo Even the trailer for this flick is offensive; what mean-spirited trash! 1 stars
12/04/02 White Bread Pretty good. Best Christmas film since Serendipity. 4 stars
12/03/02 Chancey Sugarpants I'd like 2 smash this tard in the head with a brick for making shit but it'd have no effect 1 stars
12/03/02 Anarchy Azmi adam sandler=good.. 4 stars
11/30/02 Mike At least it was only an hour... felt like two and a half! 1 stars
11/29/02 Adam Sandler = The Enemy Could this movie be the last nail in his coffin? Let's hope so! 1 stars
11/28/02 Joe Deblow FINALLY returns! I hope this guy gets hit by a friggin bus 1 stars
11/28/02 Ayatolla of Rockinrolla I think I laughed twice 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  27-Nov-2002 (PG-13)
  DVD: 21-Dec-2004

UK
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Australia
  12-Dec-2002


Directed by
  Seth Kearsley

Written by
  Allen Covert
  Brooks Arthur

Cast
  Adam Sandler
  Tyra Banks
  Jon Lovitz
  Kevin Nealon
  Rob Schneider
  Austin Stout



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