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"ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS"
(2002) (voices of Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Moderate Extreme None Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None None Moderate Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None Moderate Moderate Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: After yet another infraction, a small town loser opts to assist the town's senior youth league basketball referee rather than go to prison.
PLOT:
In the town of Dukesberry, 33-year-old Davey Stone (voice of ADAM SANDLER) is the local jerk who was once a nice kid, but now hates himself, most everyone else and especially the holidays. Following a drunken rampage, which is hardly his first, the local Judge (voice of NORM CROSBY) is about to throw the book at Davey, but Whitey Duvall (voice of ADAM SANDLER) steps in to save him.

A diminutive fellow with a strange voice and uneven feet, the 69-year-old remembers when Davey was a good kid and the best basketball player around. Hoping he can make a difference, he asks the judge to sentence Davey to being his assistant referee in the youth basketball league. Davey is far from happy about the option, but it's better than being sent to prison for ten years.

While Whitey is interested in winning the 35th annual Dukesberry Patch for community service, Davey isn't interested in much although he likes how former childhood friend Jennifer (voice of JACKIE TITONE) looks even if she has a son, Benjamin (voice of AUSTIN STOUT). He and Davey eventually bond on the basketball court, but that doesn't prevent Davey from repeatedly being a jerk to most everyone else.

After arson consumes his trailer, however, Davey is forced to move in with Whitey and his reclusive and high-strung sister, Eleanor (voice of ADAM SANDLER). From that point on, Davey eventually begins to become a better person, but it won't be until he comes to grips with his past that he'll truly feel the spirit of the holidays.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Since it's animated and about Hanukah, some younger kids might be enticed to see it, as might anyone who's a fan of Sandler's work and style of humor.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking and brief drug references.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
It's debatable whether kids view animated characters as role models, but here's a brief look at the main characteristics of the main characters.
  • DAVEY STONE is the local town jerk who's mean to most everyone and has a chronic bad attitude. He drinks and is drunk in several scenes and uses profanity, but eventually sees the errors of his ways and becomes a better person.
  • WHITEY is the good-natured if somewhat goofy older man who takes it upon himself to rescue Davey from himself.
  • ELEANOR is Whitey's high-strung and reclusive sister who isn't sure about allowing Davey to live with them.
  • JENNIFER is Davey's former childhood friend who's now a single mother thanks to her husband leaving her.
  • BENJAMIN is her son who Davey eventually befriends.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a quick look at the content found in this animated comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 4 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered and various songs contain lyrics and material that viewers could find offensive. Some sexually related dialogue, material and humor are present, as is the sight a man's cartoon bare butt and a woman with three breasts.

    All sorts of imitative behavior is present, as are various instances of crude and scatological material intended for laughs. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes and the film makes fun of people who have seizures, etc. One character drinks and is drunk several times and some references are made to drugs and drug use.

    Some material relates to a man acting the way he does due to losing his parents when he was twelve, while violence consists of people striking or hitting others, some property damage and some slapstick style material.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    The film is preceded by a live-action short film about Adam Sandler's bulldog. In it, the dog chases after a guy on a skateboard as well as a boy playing baseball, and then defecates on the floor (the camera focuses on that). We also see a woman in a skimpy bikini, her with wine and then see her in bed with the dog as she suggestively asks what he (the dog) is planning for desert. Room service then brings a Chihuahua for him and Sandler then says he smells Chihuahua on him.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Davey is drunk (after drinking several Scorpions) and goes out to his car to drive home. The police stop him, but we see from the scratches around the door lock that he's been drunk several times before (having a hard time getting the key into the lock).
  • During a musical number, Davey sings that he can't stand holidays so he drinks them all away.
  • A judge comments on Davey being sent off to reform school and a "drug tank" in the past, but that they did no good. Davey then drinks from a flask in the courtroom during his sentencing.
  • Davey has a beer.
  • Davey states he's going to go off and have some beer.
  • Davey opens a beer and its foam sprays Whitey and Eleanor.
  • During a musical number about what constitutes a technical foul in Whitey and Eleanor's home, Davey sings a question asking about using Eleanor's trombone as a bong.
  • Davey carries a bottle and is drunk.
  • Some townspeople appear to have drinks in front of them at a ceremony.
  • After Davey presumably speaks to God about getting His message, a bus driver wonders who he's talking to and then asks if he's having one of those hippy-dippy mushroom flashbacks.
  • A musical number has a comment about being on crack.
  • Eleanor sarcastically asks if Davey stole beer for everyone.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Davey lets out a loud fart (accompanied by colored gas on the screen).
  • Davey states that he could hit a three-pointer for the court if he dropped his pants and popped his thumb up his rear (he doesn't do that).
  • Davey tells Benjamin that maybe tonight the Hanukah monster will come and "crap" on his bed.
  • During a musical number, a comment is made about peeing your pants and we then see several men with yellow wet stains on their crotches.
  • We hear Davey vomiting in a portable toilet from drinking too much the night before. As Whitey then comes along to clean it and others, Davey pushes him inside one and then pushes it down a hill where it turns upside down. Whitey then emerges covered in human waste (that's also on the ground and a nearby tree) and Davey hoses him off, resulting in Whitey becoming encased in ice and human waste. Several deer come along and proceed to lick the brown ice to free Whitey (they then reveal their teeth that have human waste in them).
  • After Davey and Benjamin defeat two adults in basketball, we see one of those adults eating another man's jockstrap (which was part of the bet) after we saw it on a large, sweaty man.
  • After Whitey is knocked silly by a basketball in the face, Davey puts him on a bench and then places Whitey's hands down his own pants. As Whitey is still in a fog, we hear him comment about having his fingers in the kitty's mouth, but feeling no teeth (a joke that his fingers are up his own anus).
  • During a musical number about what constitutes a technical foul in Whitey and Eleanor's home, Davey sings a question asking about if he soils himself after moving a bowel and then washing his "ass" with a monogrammed towel. He then asks about taking a "whiz" (urinating).
  • When surprised by a gag can of worms (that pop out), Eleanor uncontrollably farts a lot.
  • Due to laughing so hard, something green (vomit or mucous) comes from kids' noses and spills onto a table, while deer laugh so hard we see a great deal of excrement and hear farting sounds coming from them.
  • During the closing credits song, the lyric says to have a "high colonica" and then "soil you longjohnicas."
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Davey has a bad attitude toward most anyone and everything and proceeds to wreck the town's holiday display while drunk. We also hear that he didn't pay for his drinks and he then tries to flee from the police. Later, he won't help Whitey when his car becomes stuck in the snow (and instead laughs at him for hours) and then pushes him over inside a portable toilet.
  • Some viewers may be offended by a stereotypical ethnic portrayal of a Chinese waiter.
  • The film makes fun of Whitey having different-sized feet (which make it difficult for him to run up and down the court) as well as having seizures.
  • Davey is mean to an overweight boy on the basketball court, telling him next time he shows up to wear a bra, etc.
  • Some locals make fun of Whitey when he falls from the top of a very tall Christmas tree (calling him a "Jackass in the box" when he lands in a present).
  • Some adult basketball players are mean and disrespectful to Benjamin during a game (calling him "spaz" and other names).
  • A man purposefully sets Davey's trailer on fire, burning it to the ground.
  • Upset about reliving his past when he heard his parents were killed, Davey lashes out at Whitey and is mean to him.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Nunchukas: Used by Davey to hit snowmen and later held by Eleanor.
  • Pistols: Fired into the air in celebration by a local man.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "This is such bullsh*t," "Oh, horsesh*t," "Sh*thead," "Holy sh*t," "Screwed" (nonsexual), "Jerk," "Punk," "Idiot," "You actually give a crap," "Shut up," "Jackass in the box," "Crappers" (portable toilets), "Smell you later, poop-sicle," "Nuts" (crazy), "Spaz," "He's got a piece of my ass," "Eat that nut-strap, be-atch" (what Davey tells Benjamin to say about a basketball player having to eat another man's jock strap as part of a game bet), "Jewels" (testicles), "Screw up," "Take a whiz," "Sucks," "Butt-hole relapse," "Moron," "Numb nuts," "All of you people can bite my germ free booty," "Miss triple nipple," "Freaky" and "Hell no."
  • Davey lets out an incredibly long and loud belch and then does so again later.
  • During a musical number, Davey throws an egg into a man's face and then knocks groceries from his hands.
  • Davey lets out a loud fart (accompanied by colored gas on the screen).
  • Davey uses nunchukas to destroy snowmen that he rides past on a snowmobile.
  • Davey repeatedly gives "the finger" to Whitey while "stretching" (but Whitey doesn't realize what it means).
  • Davey arranges some French fries to read "Bite Me" for Whitey.
  • As Whitey comes along to clean some portable toilets, Davey pushes him inside one and then pushes it down a hill where it turns upside down. Whitey then emerges covered in human waste and Davey hoses him off, resulting in Whitey becoming encased in ice and human waste.
  • Some kids call Eleanor with a prank asking "Is Ophelia there?" Eleanor asks, "Ophelia" and the kid replies, "Ophelia heinee" (I'll feel your heinee).
  • After Whitey is knocked silly by a basketball in the face, Davey puts him on a bench and then places Whitey's hands down his own pants. Later, Eleanor does the same to a man she knocks out.
  • Davey gives himself a wedgie (pulling his underwear out from the back of his pants).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • During a musical number, Davey sings that he can't stand holidays so he drinks them all away. He also sings about squeezing a woman's melons (but we see him squeeze the two watermelons she's carrying at her chest).
  • During a musical number, Whitey interjects that the only time he ever had sex was on the phone (we then see a large woman in a commercial for 555-BOOBIES), the Mayor states his wife was once a he (and we see that man singing), and Whitey then sings that his "jewels" got licked by some frisky deer.
  • During a musical number about what constitutes a technical foul in Whitey and Eleanor's home, Davey sings a question asking about if he soils himself after moving a bowel and then washing his "ass" with a monogrammed towel. He then asks about taking a "whiz" (urinating), using Eleanor's trombone as a bong, and if he can walk around with his morning erection. The song also contains the "s" word, as does another song.
  • A musical number has a comment about being on crack.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 4 "s" words, 2 slang terms for breasts ("boobies" and something like "bazugs"), 6 craps, 4 asses, 4 hells, 3 uses of "Oh my God" and 2 of "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • While drunk, Davey tells some cops that he's not going to drive home drunk, but rather that he's just come by to tell his car goodnight. He then suggestively grabs it from behind (with his hands holding onto it above the rear tires and pressing his crotch against it) and then licks its side while also asking the car if it likes it when he holds it like that and that he'll do it all night long. He then spanks its trunk in a sexual manner.
  • During a musical number, Davey sings about squeezing a woman's melons (but we see him squeeze the two watermelons she's carrying at her chest).
  • We see Whitey's very hairy (and cartoon-based) bare butt in the locker room.
  • The narrator states that Whitey is so behind the times that he thinks that Viagra is a big waterfall.
  • We see a quick shot of an overweight boy trying on a bra in a Victoria's Secret store (after Davey made fun of him on the court for being fat and telling him next time to be wearing a bra).
  • Davey comments on Jennifer's clothed rear end and the camera zooms in for a close-up of it.
  • We occasionally see a woman with an extra breast (we see the cleavage from the three and the camera focuses on them, in another she simultaneously breastfeeds three kids).
  • We see the top of a guy's cartoon butt as his pants ride low (seen several times).
  • During a musical number, Whitey interjects that the only time he ever had sex was on the phone (we then see a large woman in a commercial for 555-BOOBIES), the Mayor states his wife was once a he (and we see that man singing), and Whitey then sings that his "jewels" got licked by some frisky deer.
  • During a musical number about what constitutes a technical foul in Whitey and Eleanor's home, Davey sings a question asking if he can walk around with his morning erection. Whitey says that constitutes such a foul, but Eleanor sings that she'd like to see it anyway (and then says that she's just kidding, but raises her eyebrows while doing so).
  • During a hallucination in the mall where store logos and such come to life, some empty lingerie comes out and says (in a sultry voice) that it's about time someone has shown up as she's been tossing and turning all night. A GNC pill says he knows as he's been watching her.
  • Davey eludes some male police officers who try to arrest them. He ends up cuffing them together so that one is behind the other who's bent over.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that Jennifer's husband of 13 years left her for someone he met on the computer.
  • We hear that Davey's parents died when he was 12 and then later see the flashback scene where he received the news. We then hear that he was in various foster homes after that.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Losing one's parents.
  • Hanukah.
  • People who are jerks and what causes them to be that way.
  • Whether the film is appropriate for kids and if it should qualify as a holiday film considering its content.
  • VIOLENCE
  • During a musical number, Davey throws an egg into a man's face and then knocks groceries from his hands.
  • Davey uses nunchukas to destroy snowmen that he rides past on a snowmobile and then ends up knocking down and destroying some large, ice-based holiday decorations.
  • Davey purposefully kicks off his shoes so that one breaks an overhead light and another hits a scorekeeper on the head.
  • People in the stands throw items that hit Davey after he dares them to for him being a jerk.
  • Whitey accidentally falls down from the top of a tall Christmas tree (falling through it), but is okay.
  • An adult blocks Whitey's basketball shot and drives the ball back into Whitey's face, knocking him silly.
  • A man purposefully sets Davey's trailer on fire, burning it to the ground.
  • While drunk, Davey crashes through a glass door at the mall and then throws his bottle at the security alarm bell to silence it.
  • During a hallucination, a giant cup of coffee throws hot coffee onto Davey's face.
  • Eleanor kicks a man in the face (who stole her wig many years earlier), knocking him out.
  • A man repeatedly bangs his own head against a table.
  • During a musical number and flashback scene, a lighting bolt zaps Whitey and leaves him charred (in standard cartoon fashion).



  • Reviewed November 25, 2002 / Posted November 27, 2002

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