Welcome to Hot Streaks. A look at the times when comedians at the height of their power. Comedy comes in waves, and with it comedians ride the success of public adoration and creativeness. During these times (usually around 5 years), comedians are putting out some of their most successful projects. So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the hot streaks some of the best comedians have out there.
Up this week, Adam Sandler.
Hot Streaks: 1995-1999
Key Projects: Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy.
Power Ranking: 7/10
The early days of Adam Sandler’s career were classic. His outrageous comedy style is how characters like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Bobby Boucher were so hilarious. No one else but Sandler would have been able to match the stupidity of those characters. If there was one person in the early ’90s that you would think could play a 28-year-old heir to his family’s wealth, but struggled to make it out of the third grade, it was Adam Sandler.
But even Adam outdid himself after Big Daddy. He has had a brutal decline that features a bunch of really bad movies in the first decade of the new millennium, with some possible exceptions with films like like Punch Drunk Love and Funny People getting good responses from critics. But most of the new millennium Sandler has not only put out stinkers, he put out legendary stinkers that have earned low digits on Rotten Tomatoes (Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy) and been panned by many. All of which probably projects he should have stayed away from.
His 7/10 ranking is somewhat strong only based on his early work in the movies mentioned above. Unfortunately, the world will never see another Bobby Boucher or Happy Gilmore out of Sandler.