Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

  • Review Date: November 3, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 71 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Ouch. Lame Sandler attempt at holiday humor.
  • Review Date: November 3, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 71 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive role models

No one behaves admirably.


Comic peril.


Frequent crude humor, potty jokes.


Very strong language for a PG-13.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Character abuses alcohol, brief drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for young children or those who might find Davey's actions worth imitating. The movie has extremely vulgar humor and strong language for a PG-13. The gross-out factor of this movie is quite high, so some parents may not wish to watch the movie themselves.

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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 the judge and 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?


8 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 is instead the diminutive and furry Whitey who is the town's whipping boy. While 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 well clear, unless appreciation of outhouse humor is a family tradition. Clearly, this movie, with its taunting mockery of the physically challenged, its very graphic port-o-potty jokes and its drunken binges, is also 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 which 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 Animation Festival.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Davey's method of coping with the loss of his parents and his difficulties in accepting sympathy from people. Families may wish to discuss the treatment of different characters by the community, starting with the Duvall twins.

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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Written byAnonymous December 26, 2012

I seen it at 14 Years Old back in 2002. is an OK Movie.

This is True I saw this at 14 Years Olds back in 2002 in The Showcase Cinemas ...and We went with the group in School once. ...and I saw this movie. Even know there is Sexual Content. At least is at a PG-13 Level. The Language for this to be PG-13 has to be Up to 4 Explicit Word. More than that is an R. I think this movie is good to have a PG-13 Movie. Overall this Movie can have the S-Bomb, and/ or A-Bomb. It can use the F-Bomb but not for the Movie to get an R Rating. Common Sense Media forgot the Consumerism because they had Footlocker, A Gameboy Advance and more... Updated.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models


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