Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Movie Review: "Eight Crazy Nights" (2002)

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Movie"Eight Crazy Nights"
Director: Seth Kearsley
Year: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

A delinquent with a tragic past gets in trouble all too often. After yet another run-in with the law, Davey (Adam Sandler) finds himself possibly facing jail time. Luckily for him, the judge shows mercy and sentences him to community service, but one more screw up means he will receive a mandatory prison sentence.

"Eight Crazy Nights" is an animated holiday film directed by Seth Kearsley. It stars Adam Sandler, who voices multiple characters in the movie. Sandler also partially wrote this Hanukkah tale. There aren't exactly a lot of films that focus on the Hanukkah holiday, and unfortunately, this is one of the more prominent ones. Sorry to any of our readers who are also Jewish...we're so, so sorry.

"Eight Crazy Nights" revolves around an unsavory character named Davey, one of the many characters voiced by Sandler, who has become a local drunk asshole due to a tragedy in his past. Despite numerous run-ins with law enforcement, he typically gets off with a warning because of the small town atmosphere and because of his sad past. This most recent altercation, however, the judge is ready to throw the book at him. Luckily for Davey, the local youth basketball referee named Whitey, also voiced by Sandler, speaks up for him in court and convinces the judge to give him community service and release him under his supervision. The judge agrees, though Davey doesn't seem to appreciate what has been done for him as he continues to treat people like trash. Whitey, being the splendid person that he is, maintains hope that Davey can find redemption.

This film is your typical Adam Sandler film, only this time, it's animated. Being animated, it allows Sandler to show his "diversity" (and we quote this very, very loosely) by performing all three of the silly signature voices he has been working to perfect over the years, you know, the ones that all still sound like Sandler but in an array of pitches. Also, it has all the crude humor we have come to expect from Sandler found in each and every single one of his flicks since the early 2000's. There are a bunch of burp, fart, and crapping reindeer jokes, the usual. They also have a running gag about Whitey's epileptic seizures because, you know, those are always super funny!!!1~! This joke is probably the main reason why this terrible monstrosity of a movie is animated because seizures don't look all that humorous when executed in live action. Beyond these cliches, "Eight Crazy Nights" doesn't have any other reason to be animated other than the fact that the filmmaker thought he could get away with more silly stuff when it's animated. Hopefully someone will make a better Hanukkah movie one day because this is really a steaming pile of trash masqueraded as a holiday film.

My Rating: 2/10
BigJ's Rating: 2/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!


  1. Movies are supposed to entertain us. That's what 8 Crazy Nights does! This is a great movie! Always in my holiday movie rotation! The reviewer is obviously biased against Adam Sandler. If you're a Sandler fan, you will love this movie!

    1. Hi, Broseppi! You're right, movies are supposed to entertain us. Unfortunately, we were not entertained by "Eight Crazy Nights." We are definitely not biased against Adam Sandler, however, we actually enjoy many of his movies! We do think he has slipped in recent times and have not found ourselves enjoying lots of his new films, but we are always willing to watch them and give him the benefit of the doubt. Sorry you didn't like our review, maybe you'll enjoy our review of "The Wedding Singer" better. We gave that film an 8/10.