Remember when Adam Sandler was funny? Think hard; I know it was a long time ago. OK, so he was never a comedic genius at the level of the Marx Brothers or George Burns, but at least you could get a chuckle or two out of his films. Now he’s just become the Razzies’ favorite actor, and it appears that that trend is not going to shift any time soon. After inking a four-picture deal with Netflix last fall, Sandler has finally announced what his first Netflix film will be: a western spoof called Ridiculous 6.
Ridiculous 6 will tell the story of an orphaned boy (Sandler) raised by an Indian tribe, along with four half-brothers played by Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, and Terry Crews. Nick Nolte is on hand as Sandler’s long-lost father, with Jon Lovitz as a wealthy industrialist and Whitney Cummings as his wife. Steve Buscemi, Will Forte, and Danny Trejo are also on hand, presumably to lend a bit more talent to the cast. But perhaps the most confusing and terrifying piece of casting is the announcement that Vanilla Ice will be playing Mark Twain. I honestly do not know what to do with that information.
The project is obviously a play on western ensemble films like The Magnificent Seven, but somehow I don’t think we’re in for Blazing Saddles here. Not when the script comes courtesy of Sandler and his Grown Ups 2 pal Tim Herlihy, and not when our leading man stated that he totally joined up with Netflix because “Netflix rhymes with ‘wet chicks.’ ” Apparently that’s the kind of comedy we have come to expect from the man behind Blended.
We can take it as a small mercy that Ridiculous 6 does not have a release date yet. Sandler will next be appearing in The Cobbler and Hotel Transylvania 2, though, so I hope you’re all happy.