Adam Sandler received strong reviews for his performance in Netflix’s “Hustle” earlier this year, but such praise is rare in the comedian’s filmography. For every “Hustle” or “Uncut Gems”, there is an onslaught of comedies such as “Murder Mystery”, “Hubie Halloween”, “The Ridiculous 6”, “Blended” and more. Film critics often have their knives out for Sandler, especially when it comes to his non-“Hustle” Netflix comedies, and he recently admitted that AARP that negative reviews can “sometimes” sting.
“Especially because I’m inviting all these amazing people I care about to make movies with me,” Sandler said, “and I wish they didn’t have to read bullshit about whatever we’ve made.”
That said, Sandler added, “I don’t get too excited” when it comes to critics bashing his movies.
“I always remember something my dad said,” Sandler continued. “He was a hard asshole. He went through ups and downs in his life, like not working for a year or two and not telling us. I remember one time when something wasn’t right for me. I bombed the stage or didn’t get an audition. I was angry and probably embarrassed. And he said, “Adam, you can’t always be happy. People won’t always like you. You’re going to fail.” I said, “But I just want to be happy, man. I don’t want all this other bullshit.” He said, ‘You won’t really know you’re happy if you don’t feel those other things.’”
Sandler returns to his usual Netflix comedy by reuniting with Jennifer Aniston for the “Murder Mystery 2” streamer. The sequel is likely to be released in 2023. It is rumored that Sandler will also re-team with his “Uncut Gems” directors Josh and Benny Safdie for a new film.