8 Crazy Nights
Hanukah is beginning in the town of Dukesberry and Davey Stone, a 33-year-old, troubled bully, gets himself arrested for being drunk. Davey is sentenced to prison, but stepping in to take him under supervision is an old basketball referee named Whitey, who is patient with Davey’s anger, profanity and rampages. Living under new house rules, Davey begins to soften.
This animated, musical comedy is being marketed to kids as a holiday cartoon, but it is crude, obnoxious, and a far cry from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Adam Sandler does an excellent job performing the character voices of Davey, Whitey and Eleanor, especially in the song titled “Technical Foul,” which gets a lot of laughs. But Sandler’s movie falls short in its intent as a redemptive story. The humor, primarily based on sexual references and bodily functions, includes stunts like a fat man whose jockstrap must be eaten after a bet and an elderly man covered with human waste. While this animated musical is funny, it’s humor is too vulgar for kids and too immature for adults.