When Adam Sandler signed a disruptive deal to produce and star in a string of comedies that would appear exclusively on Netflix, it was greeted with some skepticism. They are feeling pretty good about it at Netflix. As part of Netflix’s keynote address at CES, COO Ted Sarandos mentioned last January that the first film in the deal, the Sandler-starrer The Ridiculous 6, was the most-watched movie on the platform in its first 30 days of availability. This despite the fact that movie has been routed by critics.
His next movie, ‘The Do-Over’ is part of a 4 film deal he struck with Netflix a couple years ago. In it David Spade plays a bank manager who’s life is turned upside down when a friend from his past (Adam Sandler) manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.
I’m sure this movie will receive much of the same criticism as his other recent films. He will probably get another razzy to put on his shelf, but the truth is whatever Sandler is doing, it seems to work. People still stream his originals on Netflix at a breakneck pace and more often than not he makes pretty good bank at the box office all things considered. I’m not defending Sandler’s choices but they seem to be effective with his audience base. While ‘The Do-Over’ feels like another excuse to go on vacation with his buddies and film a movie you have to admire the guy for living the dream if nothing else. Check out the trailer and official synopsis below – coming to Netflix in May.
The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.