Eight Crazy Nights
Eight Crazy Nights is a 2002 American adult animated musical Christmas black comedy-drama film directed by Seth Kearsley and produced, co-written by and starring Adam Sandler, in his first voice-acting role.
It was Happy Madison's only animated film they had ever made. Eight Crazy Nights was also actually one of Adam Sandler's first box office bombs, as it only grossed $23.8 million out of its $34 million budget (also mentioned in Box Office section) and is usually seen as one of Adam Sandler's worst films.
Davey Stone (Adam Sandler), a 33-year old party animal, finds himself in trouble with the law after his wild ways go too far. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the judge gives Davey one last chance at redemption -- spend the holiday performing community service as the assistant referee for the youth basketball league or go to jail. Davey thinks he's gotten off easy until he meets Whitey Duvall, the eccentric, elf-like head referee.
Why It Sucks
- Poor and really annoying voice acting. The voice of Whitey is especially super annoying.
- Davey is unlikable and, to add insult to injury, he has a tragic backstory that sounds too dark and emotional to be in a comedy film. (His parents were killed in a car accident on Hanukkah night on their way to his basketball game when he was just a young boy and was so distraught upon finding out that he became the notorious criminal that he was and became cruel towards society). On top of that, the film does nothing to make the protagonist sympathetic. He is just outright mean spirited, unfriendly, arrogant, hate-filled, mentally disturbed and is also a grouchy jerk who is almost as heinous as Gord from... the movie that must never be named. While he does become a better person at the end, he never apologizes for all the previously heinous and horrible things he did to the town, making his character development feel shallow and more unforgivable than ever; though to be fair, a simple apology would be shallow in itself.
- While the animation is good (It helps that several of the film's animators also worked on the cult animated classic film GMW), it just doesn't fit the film's tone at all. To simplify, the animation is misfitting. Plus, it's animation gets really vile and ugly on the inside.
- Excessive use of juvenile humor (e.g. Davey burping, reindeer pooping while laughing at a nonsensical joke and having poop on their teeth).
- It has musical numbers that show no charm to Christmas or Hanukkah, or any song that isn't Christmas-themed at all.
- Excessive use of product placements (e.g. Footlocker, Sharper Image, Radio Shack, Dunkin' Donuts, etc.) done in the way that is wasted to such a dreadful movie.
- Poor attempts at humor, including making fun of minorities, like the elderly and fat people in the worst way possible. Even Davey is made to be like this because he is nothing but the most unapologetic, and the most mean spirited and hate-filled person in the entire film.
- The idea of a criminal who was secretly once a good kid until his life spiraled out of control due to a personal tragedy is interesting, but sadly, it's badly handled and wasted.
- Rob Schneider plays an offensive Chinese stereotype.
- The film is too short, running at only 71 minutes, which is unacceptable for Columbia Pictures standards. Scenes go too quickly and doesn't spend enough time on character development.
- Misleading title: Despite being called Eight Crazy Nights, it is barley a Hanukkah movie!
- The Intervention Song leads to a pretty good emotional moment.
- It was Adam Sandler's first attempt at making a traditionally animated film, despite the film being a failure critically and commercially.
- As mentioned earlier, the animation is really good.
- The Chanukah Song that was used at the end was good.
- Whitey can be considered likable if you can get past his obnoxious voice since he's such a nice person. Originally his voice was even louder and annoying, but the voice that you hear in the final film was actually lowered down by the focus groups.
- Even if the animation doesn't perfectly match the film's tone, it's actually much better if you watch it on mute.
- The rest of the voice acting is good. (Except for Adam Sandler as Whitey and Rob Schneider.)
- Director Seth Kearsley gave the Nostalgia Critic a thank you Tweet to him for reviewing the film and sent a long e-mail describing all the hard work that he and all the cast and animation crew went through. He also admitted that he hated the poop-eating reindeer scene and wanted to cut it out, but was forced to leave it in the film due to the positive reaction from the test audiences.