Weddings bring out the best in Adam Sandler. The sloppily mixed cocktail of ceremonial mayhem, ugly tuxedos, and awkward speeches has powered some of the comedian's finest -- or, perhaps more accurately, least irritating -- films. In addition to 1998's oddly sweet The Wedding Singer, which paired Sandler with his frequent co-star Drew Barrymore for the first time, there's 2012's cheerfully vulgar That's My Boy, which pushed the aging dad into a new realm of R-rated, gross-out buffoonery. Now, we've got The Week Of, a family comedy that re-teams Sandler with his former SNL castmate Chris Rock for some My Big Fat Greek Wedding-style hijinks. It may not sound like much, but at least he's in his element.
Though his Netflix exile has been great for Sandler's bank account, the past few years have not been kind to his creative output. With the exception of last year's Noah Baumbach ensemble film The Meyerowitz Stories, which was not produced by Sandler's Happy Madison production company, all of the comedies from Sandler's Netflix period have been groan-worthy, half-assed genre parodies from an artist not exactly known for his stylistic flexibility. The Week Of is the fourth effort in what is now an eight-movie deal. Yes, eight movies. Let that sink in.