Hubie Halloween (2020) A Review

And after a brief stint of trying something different, Adam Sandler is back to being Adam Sandler.  Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Certificate: 12

Director: Steven Brill

Screenwriter: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen

Genre: Comedy, Mystery

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Rating: 1.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, there has been a real murder, and it is up to Hubie to save Halloween. – From IMDB

When Uncut Gems came out at the beginning of this year, it was one of the most talked about films at that time.  Whether you liked it or not, and I certainly didn’t, one thing was abundantly clear, it was fantastic to see Adam Sandler take a break from his usual brand of comedy and do something completely, wildly, different.  And for a second there was a glimmer of hope we would not be treated to any more typical ‘Adam Sandler Movies.’  And now we have Hubie Halloween and all those hopes have just flown out the window.

You get all the usual trappings that you get with any Adam Sandler film.  Penis Jokes, sexual inuendo and all other brands of off colour humour and of course, Adam Sandler making a huge tit of himself.  And here he does that in abundance.  Not only is he literally the butt of every single joke in town, seriously, everyone in town picks on him, but he puts on this ridiculous accents throughout the entire film that is funny for about the first thirty seconds and then you just wish it would go away. 

There are maybe three decent humans in the entire town of Salem if you don’t count Hubie’s own mother, so really, you don’t care about anything that is going on because if these terrible people come to a terrible end, no one is going to mourn their loss.  And then at the end of the film they try and do this wonderful heart felt moment where the entire town comes to realise how amazing Hubie is and it lacks even the slightest bit of sincerity.  Nothing in this film is believable or even remotely funny and I was just waiting for it to be over.

My favourite story was the one regarding Hubie’s sketchy next door neighbour.  He probably had the most interesting story and the most satisfying ending.  Everyone else just sort of blurred together. I guess the romance element was kind of sweet and I enjoyed the story around Tommy and his foster sisters, but I struggled to find any other light in this long dark tunnel.

I have been told that Sandler made this film in response to not being nominated for an Oscar for Uncut gems, and if this was a revenge plot of some kind, it was suitably diabolical and I feel appropriately sorry for any of the bad things I ever said about Uncut Gems.

Still if off colour jokes and relentless bullying are your particular idea of fun; one: rethink your life choices and two: Hubie Halloween is streaming on Netflix now!

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