HUBIE HALLOWEEN (2020)
Adam Sandler warned us… HE WARNED US… that after being snubbed by the Oscars, his next film would be an absolute doozy. He is mostly right when it comes to Hubie Halloween, but it is arguably the type of mediocre silliness that we need in this crazy world right now.
With a character that resembles his classic role from The Waterboy, Sandler plays a town staple (Hubie Dubois) still living with his mother, bullied by those young and old while he seeks to inform and protect everyone on his favorite holiday, Halloween. When people begin to go missing and a mysterious neighbor moves in next door, Hubie takes it upon himself to figure out what is truly going on. As a Happy Madison production, you already know that the ridiculousness level is going to be turned up high with a familiar cast of characters filling out the numerous roles. Joining Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, and Tim Meadows are Julie Bown, Ray Liotta, Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, and more. Hubie Halloween follows a tried and true recipe filled with one-liners and simple potty humor, but it works. There is a certain joy in seeing all of these people back together that carries the film from beginning to end, no matter what you think about the underlying story. Oh yeah, Michael Chikilis and Shaq show up, as well.
At the end of the day, dumb humor is fun humor to me, especially when you know what you’re getting yourself into. Not every piece of entertainment needs to be award-worthy or genre-defying, and this certainly does not fall into either of those categories. But Hubie Halloween is fun and crazy and just what I needed.
Stream Hubie Halloween on Netflix today.
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