If you’ve read my review of Adam Sandler’s film Pixles, if not here a LINK to that blog. You know that I’m was not a fan of Pixles, I thought it was a great idea with a lot of potential but failed to make a good movie.
Adam Sandler is a hit or very very hard miss. Now I think everyone can say that Sandler’s earlier films Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer were funny. Then you get films like The Waterboy, and Little Nicky (which is a guilty pleasure for me, but that does not mean its good).
That all being said I was still interested in seeing his new Netflix movie The Ridiculous 6. I’ll be honest, it was that bad. Its offensive as hell, if your Native American or Mexican this film will rub you the wrong way.
The story is not terrible, Sandler plays a white man who was raised by Native Americans after his mother was murdered. Now here’s where our first offensive stuff comes up. Some of the Natives have um…odd names. Like Smoking Fox, Beaver Breath and Screaming Eagle. Sandler’s character is like the Yohan of the west, they way he fights and jumps around reminded me of that character (another film I though was decent).
The plot revolves around Sandler’s character meeting his dad, played by Nick Nolte, who tells him that he’s hid money in the hill country. He’s then kidnapped by his former gang who want their cut of the money. Sandler, unable to find where his father hid the money decides to steal from the bad to raise the money to free his dad.
We then meet our next character Ramon, played by Rob Schneider the best fake ethnic actor since Fisher Stevens. Again here’s another place where people will probably get offended. Much like the previous foreign characters that Schneider has played, this one is a stereotype. Whether it be the big Sombero and Poncho, to the reference Donkey Shows and the very typical fake Mexican accent. We also get to meet his friend Donkey, who…now I want you to realized the following joke was written by someone. OK, the donkey at random times just has explosive diarrhea. Again, someone wrote that joke into the film…and used it more then once.
As they find out that they’re brothers, Schneider convinces Sandler to tag long while he robs the local bank. It during the robbery that they meet their younger brother Lil’ Pete, played by Taylor Lautner. This is the worst character in the whole film. He’s annoying from beginning to end.
After they rob the bank they head to one of their fathers old hideouts, and what do ya know they meet another brother played by Hurley from Lost. Now where Lautner was the worst character in the film, Jorge Garcia’s Gabby Hayes type character Herm is the best character in the film. Every scene he’s in made me laugh, and he never an audible word!
So Hurley joins his brothers to help save their father, they make their way to a gold mining town lead by Mr. White himself. The three brothers plan to steal a giant piece of gold at the local saloon. During the plan they bump into their last two brothers played by Luke Wilson and Terry Crews. They way Luke Wilson plays his character is like he knows he’s in a Sandler film so why try hard to act. Crews on the other hand is use to being in a Sandler film so he just goes right along and as fun with his character.
So the brothers get the money to save their dad. Their also a sub plot with Will Forte and Steve Zahn as outlaws hunting down Sandler for revenge for beating them up in the beginning of the film.
As the film comes to a close with the brothers giving the money to his fathers gang, Sandler killing the man who murdered his mother, and thr big reveal that Nolte’s character was in on the kidnapping. Which was not a bad twist. I guess Nolte’s plan was to meet his son, tell him about some money that was barred in the hills (which it never says if that was a lie, but I guessed it was). So if that was a lie to get his son to go and rob people to get the money to save him, what would he had done if Sandler just was like, “Oh well, back to my Native Family.” The whole plan is not thought out well.
Now I know In started off saying that the film was OK and that it was not terrible. I still think that, yes they’re elements that are cliche Sandler tropes, but its a free movie on Netflix. At least I didn’t pay for it!
The thousands of cameos alone make this film fun to watch, and each cameo actor does a funny job with their short scenes.
So if you have Netflix and have binged watched all your shows, watch The Ridicules 6, its not as bad as Grown Ups 2 and Blended. I’d say its right up there with Seth McFarland’s A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Now if you want to see a really funny western spoof, go watch Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles! Now that’s a funny farce western!