REVIEW: SANDY WEXLER

CAST

Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)
Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Kevin James (Paul Blart)
Terry Crews (White Chicks)
Shad Gaspard (Borden!)
Rob Schneider (The Hot Chick)
Colin Quinn (Trainwreck)
Nick Swardson (Grown Ups 2)
Lamorne Morris (Ne Girl)
Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers)
Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap)
Luis Guzmán (Traffic)
Jackie Sandler (Spanglish)
Chris Elliott (How I Met Your Mother)
Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes)
Allen Covert (Big Daddy)
Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)
Jason Priestley (Tru Calling)
Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer)
Kevin Nealon (Weeds)
Pauly Shore (Encino Man)
Dana Carvey (Waynes World)
Chris Rock (Dogma)
David Spade (8 Simple Rules)
George Wendt (Sabrina: TTW)
Henry Winkler (Happy Days)
Jon Lovitz (The Simpsons)
Mike Judge (King of The Hill)
Weird Al Yankovic (Spy Hard)

Sandy Wexler stars Adam Sandler as a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s. He is representing a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke, a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park. Over the course of a decade, the two of them play out a star- crossed love story. I honestly think Sandy Wexler had potential. Adam Sandler was…actually pretty good. The all around acting was actually pretty great! One of the things that originally turned me off of this movie originally was Sandler’s voice. I mean, it worked in one movie, dude! The voice wasn’t too annoying..you can actually get used it after a while. Though, being a movie critic, I did notice this movie was edited terribly. There’s this one scene where Sandy is talking to Courtney. He picks up his drink, and in the next shot it disappears. It is also blatantly obvious Sandler did some voice overs on his already completed scenes. There’s parts where you can see his lips moving, but words are coming out faster.There are actually a few funny parts! It’s not painful in the way Jack and Jill was. Like many of Sandler’s movies, there are way too many celebrity appearances. Some of these include Quincy Jones, Paul Blart..I mean…Kevin James, David Spade, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, Quincy Jones, Vanilla Ice, Terry Crews, Rikishi, Weird Al, and Garth himself, Dana Carvey. The movie is full of cameos like these. Though, they all come together in the end. At times, Kevin James’ character feels way too forced. Compared to Wexler’s other clients, he wins the most on-air time. Sure, the first few scenes with him were funny, but by 2 scenes of James’, you think ‘How many times are they going to pull the same dumb joke?’ The movie did benefit from being on Netflix, and not an actual movie. Sandler’s past few movies bombed, and this would’ve, too.efe3323e191a1e0c863a2811bf9a80b137d0e463The movie is set in the 90’s, but it didn’t need to be. The 90’s aspect is so forgettable, when there could’ve been so much more to it! Though, there is a scene where Courtney falls in love with a coffee chain owner (Starbucks), and Sandy says it will never work. With the inclusion of Weird Al and Quincy Jones, this movie would be better set in the 80’s, not 90’s. It did have nice use of older footage. For example, Courtney goes to the 1995 Grammy Awards. We see shots from other artists from the original show.jennifer-hudson-and-adam-sandlerSandy Wexler accomplished its job: a forgettable comedy. Sure, it’s enjoyable, but at over 2 hours long, you almost want it to end halfway through. The movie really does pick up by the end.

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REVIEW: DREAMGIRLS

CAST
Jamie Foxx (Collateral)
Beyoncé Knowles (Austin Powers 3)
Eddie Murphy (Dr. Dolittle)
Danny Glover (Earthsea)
Jennifer Hudson (Empire)
Anika Noni Rose (The Good Wife)
Keith Robinson (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)
Hinton Battle (Buffy)
Loretta Devine (Crash)
John Lithgow (3rd Rock From The Sun)
John Krasinski (License To Wed)
Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management)
Ivar Brogger (Andromeda)
Backstage at an amateur talent show at the Detroit Theatre in 1961, young car salesman Curtis Taylor Jr. meets a girl group known as “The Dreamettes”: lead singer Effie White and back-up singers Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson. Curtis presents himself as The Dreamettes’ new manager and arranges for The Dreamettes to become backup singers for popular R&B singer Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Early.
Curtis soon starts his own record label, Rainbow Records, out of his Detroit car dealership, and appoints Effie’s brother C.C as his head songwriter. When their first single fails after another pop group releases a cover version, Curtis, C.C, and their producer Wayne turn to payola to make Jimmy and The Dreamettes pop stars. Offstage, Effie becomes infatuated with Curtis, while the married Jimmy begins an affair with Lorrell.
Jimmy’s manager Marty grows weary of Curits’ plans to make his client more pop-friendly and walks out. When Jimmy bombs in front of a Miami Beach audience, Curtis sends Jimmy out on the road alone, keeping The Dreamettes behind to headline in his place. Feeling that Effie’s curvy figure and distinctive voice will not attract audiences, Curtis appoints the slimmer and higher-voiced Deena lead singer and renames the group ” Deena Jones and the Dreams”.
With the aid of new songs and a new more glamorous image, Curtis and Marty transform The Dreams into a top selling mainstream pop group. However, Effie begins acting out, particularly when Curtis’ affections also turn towards Deena. Curtis eventually drops Effie (who has just learned she is pregnant with Curtis’ child) from the group, hiring Michelle Morris, a young intern, to take her place, which Effie finds out before anyone can tell her. Despite Effie’s defiance at being ousted, and her last-ditch appeal to Curtis, he, C.C., and The Dreams leave her behind and forge ahead to stardom.
Effie has now become an impoverished welfare mother, living in inner-city Detroit with her daughter, Magic, and struggling to return to music. One day, Marty appeals to Effie to let him help her rebuild her career and compels her to use her struggles as motivation in her music. Meanwhile, Rainbow Records has moved to Los Angeles, where The Dreams have become superstars. With Rainbow the biggest pop business in the country, Curtis is now attempting to move into film production with a film about Cleopatra starring an unwilling Deena, who is now his wife. Meanwhile, Jimmy Early has descended into drug addiction, his career neglected due to Curtis’ preoccupation with Deena. When Early has a breakdown onstage at Rainbow’s tenth anniversary TV special the following year, dropping his pants in front of the audience and live TV cameras, Curtis drops him from the label, and Lorrell ends their long affair. Later, Jimmy is found dead in a hotel room from a heroin overdose.
Angered over Curtis increasing control and remixing over his music for a new sound, and his lack of sympathy upon learning of Jimmy’s death in which Curtis calls it a “bad bad scene” after watching it on a breaking news bulletin, C.C quits and returns to Detroit to find Effie, who has been rebuilding her music career with Marty as her new manager. The two siblings reconcile, C.C meets his niece Magic for the first time and he writes and produces Effie’s comeback single, “One Night Only”. Just as the record begins gaining radio play in Detroit and climbs the charts, Curtis becomes furious when he learns about C.C helping Effie out in rebuilding her career. Out of desperation and spite, he uses payola to force radio stations to play a disco cover of “One Night Only” by The Dreams instead. His plan falls apart when Deena, angry over Curtis’ control of her career, finds evidence of his payola schemes and contacts Effie and C.C, who arrive in Los Angeles with Marty and a lawyer.
Deena and Effie reconcile, while Curtis, wanting to avoid being reported to the FBI for payola, agrees to give Effie’s record national distribution. Inspired by Effie’s victory, Deena leaves Curtis to make it on her own.
As a result, The Dreams give a farewell performance at the Detroit Theater. At the conclusion of the concert, Deena invites Effie to join the group onstage and sing lead for the final performance of the group’s signature song, “Dreamgirls.” As the concert ends, Curtis notices Magic in the front row, walks down the aisle, stands next to her without speaking and realizes that he is her father.
An absolutely wonderful movie with great music and performances. Jennifer Hudson is incredible