Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights



Lame attempt at holiday humor with lots of iffy behavior.
  • Review Date: November 3, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 71 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Any attempts at positive messages and redemption of the characters is overwhelmed by inappropriate attempts at humor. Some Asian stereotyping and jokes about disabled people.

Positive role models

No one behaves admirably. Some attempt at "doing the right thing" is shown toward the end, but it's overwhelmed by all the inappropriate behavior, name-calling, and sight gags. 


An elderly man in a portable potty is kicked down a snowy hill. He emerges covered in excrement and freezes that way; deer come along and lick the excrement-laden man until he's thawed, and the deer have excrement on their teeth. Same elderly man falls from a tree. 


Frequent crude humor, potty jokes. A woman has three breasts for no discernible reason other than to use the image as a recurring sight gag. Sexual innuendo. A drunk man who nearly gets into his car to drive home is prevented from doing so by the police; the man claims he's pretending to say goodnight to the car and engages in pelvic thrusts to the car's trunk. Two male police officers are handcuffed so it looks like they're in a sexual position. Reference made to a "morning erection." An elderly man's naked rear end is exposed, covered in thick white hair. 


Frequent profanity: "crap," "bulls--t," "bite me," "butthole." The lead character makes a joke at the expense of an overweight child; another joke is made about a transgender woman. Middle-finger gesture. Reference to a "morning erection." Sexual innuendo involving the word "melons." 


In scenes set in a mall, all the stores are mentioned by name: Foot Locker, Sharper Image, Body Shop, and at least 12 others. Many of these store's mascots come to life and offer advice and wisdom to the lead characters. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lead character frequently abuses alcohol, resulting in disorderly behavior, interactions with the police, and near drunk-driving. Joke referencing crack cocaine. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights is an animated Hanukkah feature with more than its fair share of inappropriate and gross-out humor. This movie is not for young children or those who might find lead character Davey's actions worth imitating. The movie has extremely vulgar humor, strong language -- including "crap," "bulls--t," "bite me," and "butthole" -- and the middle-finger gesture. The lead character makes a joke at the expense of an overweight child; another joke is made about a transgender woman. Look out for references to a "morning erection" and innuendo involving the word "melons." In perhaps the most disturbing scene, an elderly man in a portable potty is kicked down a snowy hill. He emerges covered in excrement and immediately is frozen. Deer lick the excrement icicle until he's thawed out and are shown with excrement on their teeth. There also is Asian stereotyping. 

What's the story?

Thirty-three-year-old Davey Stone (Adam Sandler) is an angry drunk living alone and hating the community, the holidays, and himself. When his destructive behavior lands him in front of a judge who gives him a jail sentence, Whitey Duvall (also Adam Sandler), the endlessly good-hearted youth basketball coach, intervenes to help Davey find his inner adult. Through flashbacks, Davey at 12 years old (Adam Uhler) is revealed to be a sweet and thoughtful kid with loving parents, a best friend/girlfriend, Jennifer, and a talent for basketball. It was his inability to come to terms with the loss of his parents that took Davey down the path to becoming the heavy-drinking town miscreant. Whitey's attempts to put Davey on the straight-and-narrow path are aided by Eleanor Duvall (also Adam Sandler), Whitey's twin sister, and the reappearance of Jennifer (Jackie Titone).

Is it any good?


EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS is a bit of an enigma. In the Venn diagram of movie-goers, Adam Sandler fans are not an easy overlap with those who cherish holiday musicals. This lame attempt at comedy is more likely to appeal to the former than the latter. Unleashed by the medium of animation, Sandler's raging little-boy humor takes on an aura of threatening menace, tempered only by Davey's 11th-hour revelation, which does little to heal the wounds inflicted along the way. Unlike his personas in The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Happy Gilmore, or numerous Saturday Night Live skits, Davey -- Adam Sandler's proxy -- is seldom the object of the comical abuse, but it's instead the diminutive and furry Whitey who is the town's whipping boy. Though Davey's equal-opportunity hatred is (somewhat) explained, the treatment of the physically challenged Duvall twins by the town rings of a darker, crueler humor.

Families looking for something to watch together should steer clear, unless appreciation of outhouse humor is a family tradition. Clearly, this movie, with its taunting mockery of the physically challenged, its very graphic potty jokes, and its drunken binges also is not for animation fans seeking Disney's sweet concoctions or Pixar's wry wit. Older teens looking for the extreme edge of South Park will not be appeased by the suburban softness of fart jokes. All of this probably narrows the circle of appreciative audience members to those who want to see a feature-length movie along the lines of skits from Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of gross-out humor. Do you think it's funny? Why, or why not?

  • On the surface, this is a "holiday-themed" movie, right down to the animation. How is this different from most traditional holiday-themed movies?¬†

  • Who is the intended audience here? How can you tell?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 27, 2002
DVD release date:November 27, 2002
Cast:Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Jon Lovitz
Director:Seth Kearsley
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:71 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking and brief drug references.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byMattyWatty556 April 9, 2008


The film ....EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS is an extremely crude and childish film that most teenage boys will love and girls will shun. Davey drinks most of the time, is very rude, and mostly annoying.
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

A Holiday Classic

Adam Sandler is my favorite actor. This movie was great. The jokes were very funny (what do you expect?). It is so good and it is a good holiday movie too. Despite the funniness it does actually have some morals. It tells kids: to not drink, be nice to other people, and promotes holiday spirit in the end. This movie is good for those of all ages, but radicals would probably have a different opinion. I love this movie.
Kid, 12 years old February 24, 2011

Funny... I approve.

A little vulgar but it has a good message: A boy lost his parents, turned to drinking, and then is helped by a small old man who takes him in after his trailer is burned down and helps Davey find himself.
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Too much swearing
Great messages
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