Sometimes you just have to watch some Adam Sandler. The actor recently topped the list of Most Overpaid Actors, but we want to show you that it wasn’t always this bad…
This is probably not the most coveted title in Hollywood, but Adam Sandler has topped Forbes‘ list of the Most Overpaid Actors of 2013. Is that something you congratulate people for?
Sandler’s latest films, Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy, were mostly responsible for landing the actor in the top spot, having been major flops at the box office. The list counts movies only up to June 2013, so Grown Ups 2 has not been included in the calculations (it was released in July).
While Sandler has not been making movies of even reasonable quality lately, we should give him a break. It wasn’t always like this, which is why we’ve compiled a list of his best films as a way to restore our faith in his future.
1. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
This film was a revelation, taking Sandler out of his comedic comfort zone and putting him in the role of an introvert named Barry who’s prone to fits of rage. The twisted comedy-drama will surprise you, and the romantic parts will soothe your soul. It’s a great film and a fantastic example of Sandler’s abilities.
2. The Wedding Singer (1998)
This is an Adam Sandler classic. If you haven’t seen this film, then you simple must. Without giving away much of the plot, Sandler’s character is heartbroken and falls in love with an unlikely woman, with spurts of hilarity in between. Sandler is adorable, funny and lovable in the film, which is a longstanding reminder of his better days.
3. Reign Over Me (2007)
You’ve never seen Sandler like this — we promise! The actor plays a withdrawn man whose entire family perished during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Through the aid of his old college roommate, he begins to heal. Sandler’s performance is commendable, vulnerable and genuine; it’s definitely different. So if you want to see what kind of actor he truly is, give this film a whirl.
4. Happy Gilmore (1996)
This film is more in the Adam Sandler spirit, with loads of comedy and slapstick tricks. Sandler plays Happy Gilmore (shockingly enough!), an aspiring ice hockey player who turns to golf to raise money to keep his home. The movie is funny but relatively subdued in comparison to Sandler’s recent movies. It’s a good one!
5. Anger Management (2003)
The title pretty much reveals the premise of this comedy. Sandler plays an anger-prone and emotionally reclusive man who is sentenced to anger management therapy by the court. His therapist is played by Jack Nicholson — need we say more? Naturally, hilarity ensures, as Nicholson displays a certain mental instability of his own, paired with his obscenely unorthodox therapeutic techniques. Definitely watch it if you haven’t already!
We couldn’t include all of Adam Sandler’s better films, so we’re sure we missed a few. Which ones are your favourites?