Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
By Nell Minow,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lame attempt at holiday humor with lots of iffy behavior.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
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Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an "L" on her forehead Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb So much to do, so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets? You'll never know if you don't go You'll never shine if you don't glow Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold It's a cool place and they say it gets colder You're bundled up now, wait 'til you get older But the meteor men beg to differ Judging by the hole in the satellite picture The ice we skate is getting pretty thin The water's getting warm so you might as well swim My world's on fire, how about yours? That's the way I like it and I'll
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- In theaters: November 27, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: November 27, 2002
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Jon Lovitz
- Director: Seth Kearsley
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 71 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking and brief drug references.
- Last updated: January 26, 2023
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