The Week of – Review

Genre Comedy
Directed by Robert Smigel
Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rachel Dratch, Steve Buscemi, Allison Strong, Noah Robbins
Released on April 27, 2018
Duration 116 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

The Week of  is a movie that you can watch if you’ve got nothing better to do. It’s claustrophobic with too many characters each having their own quirks. Too many names that are impossible to remember and crass comedy makes for a very underwhelming movie at its best.

Starring Adam Sandler as Kenny, a middle class family man and Chris Rock as Kirby, a flirtatious but successful cardiac surgeon Kirby. The two play fathers whose children are about to get married. When is the wedding? Yes, you guessed it, that week! Honestly, there isn’t even a creative title.

But I digress, maybe I am being a bit too harsh because the film does have a few good moments where the classic Adam Sandler persona shines through. I mean the self-depreciating with good intentions middle-aged man who we’ve come to love through the years even as his roles have gotten shabbier and shabbier.

He doesn’t really seem to put in much effort throughout the film except on a few rare occasions. The script is also to blame though, written by the man of the hour and Robert Smigel, it’s filled with essentially bad dad jokes throughout. I don’t mean the good dad jokes that are corny yet cheesy and make you feel warm and safe inside, I mean the ones that the old homophobic uncles make that make you cringe but you laugh along forcefully.

The vulgar often downright racist jokes might make you smile but they just aren’t that funny. Don’t even get me started on the ones that are about the double-amputee war veteran uncle, Seymour. Add in the ones at the expense of mildly autistic teen, Noah whose list of “triggers” are endless and exhausting.

Sandler’s co-star Chris Rock is zombie-like through the film. There is barely any life in his portrayal of what could have been a really funny role. His dynamic with Sandler is almost bored. That’s exactly what I felt when I watched The Week Of. Bored (bold and underlined).

Watching The Week Of after an episode of Saturday Night Live was clearly a mistake on my part because the parallels I can now draw horrify me. Especially when I saw Rachel Dratch (she was on SNL for quite a while). The whole film feels like an extended episode of SNL with a bigger budget. It’s try-hard jokes that could have been refined quite a bit make me want to bang my head into the nearest wall.

I mean I’m all for light-hearted comedy but this was underdeveloped and way too rushed to be anything remotely professional.

Video Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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