THE (FOR­MERLY) FUNNY MEN

The Washington Post Sunday - - MOVIES - stephanie.merry@wash­post.com

Adam San­dler 58 cred­its

Male co­me­di­ans are the kings of sec­ond chances even long af­ter their jokes have gone to seed. Adam San­dler is a prime ex­am­ple. His man-child shtick has re­mained the same, but the public’s ap­petite for his hu­mor hasn’t. San­dler’s movies tend to be ex­haust­ing and stupid, but that didn’t stop Net­flix from sign­ing him for a four-movie deal and land­ing it­self in a lot of hot wa­ter af­ter the co­me­dian of­fended Na­tive Amer­i­cans on set with his “hu­mor.”

See also: JimCar­rey, whose war on vac­cines gets more head­lines than his work, still man­aged to make “Dumb and Dum­ber To” (2014). There’s also Vince Vaughn, who, like San­dler, is ped­dling the same rou­tine — the lov­able fast talker — with in­creas­ingly lack­lus­ter re­sults.

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