Hubie Halloween is a 2020 American comedy horror mystery film directed by Steven Brill, written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, June Squibb, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, Karan Brar, Paris Berelc, Noah Schnapp, China Anne McClain and Michael Chiklis. The film follows an ostracized delicatessen worker that loves Halloween who must save the town of Salem, Massachusetts from a mysterious kidnapper who is suprisingly kidnapping people who is mean towards him.
Good-natured but eccentric community volunteer Hubie Dubois finds himself at the center of a real murder case on Halloween night. Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (and its legendary Halloween celebration), Hubie is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike.
Warning: Do not put any points among the lines of "It's an Adam Sandler movie" in this section.
- The film is, frankly, a sadism show. Hubie Dubois, the main character, gets mercilessly bullied and shunned by the whole city of Salem, picked on by both kids and adults, who even throw things at him while he is quietly riding his bike just for not being smart like most of them, suffering from an apparent mental disorder but not even that is a reason for them to hate him so much. Likewise, the authorities and the religious townsfolk cruelly despise him. Heck, it's even mentioned that his own father chased him with a tennis racket to hit him like most of his bullies! With this in mind, the film seems like a mix of Forrest Gump and Chicken Little. All of this is supposed to be played for laughs but ends up being more sad and infuriating.
- The film is full of red herrings that make little to no sense and even can confuse the viewers:
- Though the film does seem to take inspiration from Halloween by having an inmate from a mental asylum escape to unleash a killing spree, Richie Hartman ends up not turning to be a real menace nor having any important relevance to the story.
- The character of Walter Lambert, despite being played by Steve Buscemi of all people, is totally useless. At first, we are lead to believe that he may be a werewolf and another menace to Hubie along with the mental asylum inmate. However, it's eventually revealed that Walter just believes he is a werewolf because he also escaped from the asylum and has nothing to do with the real kidnapper.
- When the Henneseys are kidnapped, a scarecrow appears out from nowhere wearing Mr. Hennesey's clothing, leading to believe that maybe the one kidnapping the disappeared Salamers is a supernatural entity, but this is never referenced ever again, aside from that the real culprit turns up to be...Hubie's elderly mother.
- Many scenes, instead of being funny, can come off as really cruel and horrible.
- Immature and gross toilet humor.
- The use of many costumes of popular characters just feel like (well, it's a Happy Madison film, so what else?) product placement.
- The movie indirectly caused WHDH news anchor Alaina Pinto to be fired from her job because of her appearance in the movie.
- There's a scene in which a TV reporter has her daughter dress like the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn to go for Halloween, which is really inappropriate because it's a minor wearing such a revealing costume.
- The reveal that DJ Aurora is actually male despite his voice is absolutely unimportant to the plot and just serves as filler.
- While Adam Sandler's performance is generally okay, his over-the-top goofy voice can get really annoying after a while.
- The makeup applied to Kevin James is totally fake as well as his beard.
- The kidnapped victims are hard to sympathize with because they are the rudest and meanest bullies who make Hubie's life an utter torment in comparison to other Salemers. Even when Hubie rescues them from an otherwise agonizing death, they keep insulting and mistreating him despite promising him that they would not bully him anymore. Though they do end up revealing their reasons to hate Hubie after Hubie's mother called them out for how horrible they were, their excuses are too stupid and ridiculous that are really hard to believe.At the point that we side with Hubie's mother for wanting to kill them.
- Plot hole: If Hubie's mother was really the kidnapper, how is possible that a woman in her late eighties was able to kidnap a young teen and three middle-aged adults without any help on her own?
- Ben Stiller's cameo appearance as Hal L. from Happy Gilmore is a nice Easter egg, as well as other references to previous films that Adam Sandler has stared in. Like Billy Madison and Hotel Transylvania.
- There are some likeable characters, like Hubie himself, Sgt. Steve Downey, and Violet Valentine.
- The twist that Hubie's mother was behind everything has such an absurd "WTF" tone that it becomes hilarious, even if the twist itself doesn't make sense.
- Peyton List's cameo is great.
- The film may have been made intentionally bad because Adam Sandler promised to make this film the worst film ever after being snubbed at the 2020 Academy Awards, but even at that, there are worse films than this.
- The city of Salem is accurately depicted during its Halloween season.
- The film isn't without a few chuckles, such as when Hubie goes to call the police, and they immediately hang upon him.
- The things Hubie's thermos can do are really clever.
- Hubie does end up saving the day in the end and earns the whole townsfolk's respect, though it's a bit weird how he suddenly becomes mayor of Salem.
- At the end of this film, Adam Sandler pays tribute to Cameron Boyce, who appeared with him in the Grown Ups films and was originally going to appear in this movie before his sudden passing.
- Depending on your view, the messages on Mr's Dubois' T shirts were hilarious.
Hubie Halloween received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 51%, with a critic consensus that reads "Viewers immune to its star's charms won't find it much of a treat, but Hubie Halloween is sweet enough to satisfy fans of Adam Sandler's antics" while audiences gave it a 46%. It currently holds a 5.2 on IMDb. On Metacritic, the film holds a 53/100 indicating "mixed or average reviews" and holds a 2.4 on Letterboxd.
- Paris Berelc and Karan Brar previously started together in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister.