Movie Review: The Week Of (2018)

Synopsis: Long Island native Kenny Lustig is determined to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding himself despite the fact money is tight and her fiance's father is a successful heart surgeon who is willing to help. As the big day approaches, tensions begin to mount as a series of misfortunes put the wedding in jeopardy and a stubborn Kenny still refuses to accept financial help from anyone.

Who's in it? The movie stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Rachel Dratch and Allison Strong.

Synopsis: I actually wasn't planning on watching a movie last night since it was already starting to get a bit late by the time my wife and I had a chance to sit down. However, she had seen this one while scrolling through Netflix and thought it looked interesting so I said OK.

When we started watching this movie, I wasn't really sure what we would be getting. As I've mentioned in the past, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Adam Sandler movies. Some, like Happy Gilmore, are classics. But, he's also had quite a few that were pretty terrible. So, even though we did have some recent success with another Sandler Netflix film, Murder Mystery, I still had lingering doubts.

However, as it turns out, this movie ended up being much better than I thought it would be and, while I wouldn't put it on the same level as Happy Gilmore or The Wedding Singer, I did end up enjoying it.

I think one of the things I liked most about this movie is how the film (for a change) kept the crude humor to reasonable minimum. There were times when I felt the movie crossed some lines but, overall, it was toned down enough where it was an enjoyable comedy.

I especially loved how a series of mishaps at the hotel he had booked resulted in all the wedding guests staying at his already-crowded house. A lot of the characters had over-the-top personalities and, when confined in such cramped quarters, had a powder-keg-like feel to them. Plus, that scene where Kenny (Sandler) mistakes two men walking by his house as wedding guests (because of the color of their skin) was actually kind of funny (though obviously a little racist).

My only real complaint about this movie is, with all the good things it did have going for it, I just struggled to see any on-screen chemistry between Sandler and Chris Rock as the two fathers. In fact, there honestly were times when Rock just seemed like he was phoning this in and, ultimately, I found I just wasn't interested in his character.

Their scenes together should have been the best scenes in the movie. But, instead, Sandler's scenes with just about any one else were much more memorable.

Final Opinion: I'm not sure why, but Chris Rock just didn't seem to bring his A game to this film and, because of that, it did fall short of some of Sandler's better movies. However, overall, I did find I enjoyed it.

My Grade: B


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