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The Fourth Adam Sandler Podcast
52 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Episode 39: Murder Mystery
Your Sandler Sleuths try to crack the case of 2019's "Murder Mystery," the second pairing of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. In this tribute to classic who-dun-its, Sandler plays a wannabe police detective who, along with Aniston, his mystery-loving wife, get wrapped up in a real caper straight out of Agatha Christie (but with our boy's beloved Happy Madison humor firmly intact). But will our amateur detectives get a clue before its curtains for them? And will Chris and Justin ever stop making jokes about severed hands? Spoilers for the "solution" start around 40:00.
69 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Episode 38: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
The spooky Sandleroonies return once more to the monster-filled world of Hotel Transylvania, a series they have so far been somewhat hot and cold on. But could this gag filled voyage to the depths of Atlantis finally be the one that wins them over? As a bonus we also go into an extended discussion of the rapidly expanding dominance of Disney over all of pop culture. Spoiler: we're not that into it!
62 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Episode 37 - The Week Of
Your surgeons of Sandler take a scalpel to "The Week Of" a 2018 Netflix feature and long-time Sandler collaborator Robert Smigel's directorial debut! In this Happy Madison comedy, wedding bells are in the air as Adam Sandler and Chris Rock play the respective fathers of a happy couple getting married, but will Sandler's middle-class Billie Joel fan and Rock's high-powered surgeon ever learn to trust each other? Will this movie successfully balance the usual Madison shenanigans with a quieter look at the foibles of family? And will Chris and Justin ever stop hawking their stupid e-mail account (4ASPodcast@gmail.com)? Notes: My Record Journal article about Jim Barone (Uncle Seymour)
81 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Episode 36 - The Meyerowitz Stories
Sorry for the delay folks! This month the Sandler scamps look at another of the critically acclaimed films of the Sandler filmography - 2017's The Meyerowitz Stories, a film by noted writer/director Noah Baumbach, and also featuring Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. The (ahem) thoughtful discussion involves a deep dive into a joke about a dog, the two types of movies, and just what is the point of doing all this art shit anyway? Notes: The youtube video Chris mentions can be found at the link below. Apparently the music in the video is NOT the film score, so you can pretty much disregard anything Chris says about the soundtrack in the episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHp639vhUJg Also, alas, we're not gonna have time to make another one before Halloween, so I hope you all have a very spooooooky Sandler celebration!
84 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Episode 35 - Sandy Wexler
We're back after a bit of a hiatus for your, uh, summer episode of the Fourth Adam Sandler Podcast! This time we're talkin' "Sandy Wexler," Adam Sandler's third straight to Netflix picture, a star studded vehicle based loosely on Sandler's old talent manager. What's next, a cartoon about his caddy? A musical about his make-up artist? Just kidding folks, it's all good. Our rambling conversation includes new thoughts on Adam Sandler's appeal, Margaret Atwood's time capsule novel, and the literally dozens of cameos in the movie. Note: One of the best jokes in the movie is spoiled at 57:50 so if you're at all inclined to watch it, I advise you to skip to 1:05:38
78 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 34 - The Do-Over
The Sandler dudes "do" the Do-Over, Adam Sandler's second direct to Netflix feature, in which Adam Sandler and David Spade depict a daring duo determined to get a "re-do" on their dull day-to-day. But is this a diamond in the rough or just a disappointing dud? Digressions include Elon Musk and "vacation country music."
76 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Episode 33: The Ridiculous Six
Those doggone Sandler boys don their six shooters and saddle up to yarn about the Ridiculous Six. We talk Westerns, a well-done campfire scene, and the walkout of Native American extras. Yipee-ki-yay indeed! Episode Links: Adam Sandler film The Ridiculous Six in racism row as Native Americans quit set Exclusive: Native American actor defends Adam Sandler amid 'The Ridiculous 6' controversy
69 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Episode 32: Hotel Transylvania 2
The Sandler sleuths scrutinize the second Sandler sequel, 2015's Hotel Transylvania 2. But is this spooky satire a soaring success or just another case of subpar sequilitis? Digressions include self-aware fantasy films, theorizing about the Sony hack, the the continuing mystery that is Allen Covert and much much more!
97 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Episode 31: Pixels
The Sandlernistas pontificate about Pixels, starring Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, and of course, Adam Sandler. But is this Chris Columbus directed special effects romp an arcade king, or waste of your three lives? (Hint: We save our long eps for the classics, friends.) Discussion covers Tim and Martin Hirlehy, new and familiar faces, Jimmy Carter's brother, nerds, Adam Sandler's attractiveness, the directorial touches of Chris Columbus, conspiracy theories, and more!
74 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Episode 30 "The Cobbler"
Those got-dang Sandler boys dig their chops into "The Cobbler" a film by "Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy featuring Adam Sandler as a shoe cobbler with a very special, um, cobbling machine. Discussion includes turning invisible and ethics (and Plato), cameos, racist depictions and problematic plot points, making good and bad art, and just what exactly are you supposed to use this power for anyway? This was the last episode we recorded in 2020, our most productive year ever!
77 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Episode 29 - Men, Women & Children
In this very special episode of the Fourth Adam Sandler Podcast, our boys review a movie that is only nominally Adam Sandler related, the 2014 Jason Reitman directed comedy-drama, "Men, Women, & Children," a movie that explores the ever tumultuous relationship between human connection and technology in a series of overlapping narratives. But is this a poignant look at how people strive to connect, or a somewhat heavy-handed morality tale about the perils of internet addiction? Discussion includes the liminal state of being a teenager, death anxiety, the Pina Colada Song, being the "edgy" kid in high school, and the timely question: is technology here to destroy us? Also Joe Biden is gonna be President now. We talk about it.
87 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Episode 28: Blended
The Sandler stans are back with a look at "Blended", the third pairing with Drew Barrymore, and another new location, this one an African resort! We talk about what exactly "blending" refers to, Shaq cameos, the dead wife trope, the experience of being a tourist, the early 90s Tom Hanks film "Joe vs the Volcano", and a whole lot more!
90 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Episode 27: Grown Ups 2
The Sandler schmucks do Grown Ups 2, the first sequel in the Adam Sandler filmography. Featuring Grown Ups 2 as literary fiction, the mysterious “Death of a Radical” People magazine cover in the classroom scene, the opening scene of City Slickers, managing expectations for art and embracing authorial intent. E-mail at 1:17:20! Links mentioned in the show: Podcast where they watch Grown Ups 2 every week for a year: https://www.worstideaofalltime.com/ The Psychotic Legend of Uncle Donnie (inspiration for That’s My Boy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ly1dyo4kuQ
85 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Episode 26: Hotel Transylvania
Your favorite Sandler sleuths book a room at the Hotel Transylvania, a spooky hotel hosting many of the usual suspects, and directed by animation wiz-kid Genndy Tartakovsky. This is Adam Sandler's first animated film since Eight Crazy Nights, but is this a new animated classic or does it just kinda bite (I'll see myself out). Featuring: Covid-19 updates, a fairly long discussion of Samurai Jack, getting dropped into stories in the middle, cameos (of course), Miley Cyrus, colonized people, women in refrigerators, parody films, vampire “rules” and much more! Link to the video Chris was watching just before recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZAcRJafmD4
90 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Episode 25: That's My Boy
The raunch of Sandler’s early comedy finally makes its proper big screen debut in this team-up with fellow SNL alum Andy Samberg. Sandler stars as Donnie Berger, a washed up Z-list celebrity famous for knocking up his teacher in middle school in a hilarious and/or quite problematic depiction of child abuse, who, through various plot happenings, must reconnect with his long lost son just before the estranged offspring’s wedding. Beers, bodily functions, cameos, you name it, it’s all here. Looks like raunch is back on the menu boys! Note, this episode was recorded before the recent Black Lives Matter protests of the past month or so, but obviously we support it 100 percent. Black Lives Matter, always.
85 minutes | May 24, 2020
Episode 24: Jack and Jill
Uh oh! In this romp, it’s double the Sandler trouble as he plays a set of twins - a brother and sister! Our own duo of Sandler dilettantes discuss one of the most notoriously bad Sandler films of all time. A winner of 10 Golden Raspberry Awards and panned by critics, but does it deserve the drubbing? Or is there a little bit of “twin magic” to be had here? Also featuring a stellar performance from Al Pacino (the movie, not our podcast.)
79 minutes | May 4, 2020
Episode 23: Just Go With It
Our intrepid Sandler sleuths investigate Just Go With It, the first Adam Sandler match-up with Jennifer Aniston, and an adaptation of a (presumably) classic French farce called Fleur de cactus (and 1969 American film, Cactus Flower). Adam Sandler routinely uses the deception that he is married to sleep around, but what happens when a woman (who just might be the one) calls his bluff? An escalating series of lies culminating in a trip to (where else but) Hawaii, and some classic Happy Madison high jinx. Is this a hidden gem of the Adam Sandler filmography, or did Chris just drink too much wine when he watched it on Easter Sunday?
77 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Episode 22: Grown Ups
In this Special Quarantine Episode, the Sandler Sports discuss the merits of one of the most famous movies of Adam Sandler’s “second act:” Grown Ups. Often criticized by online movie critics even more famous than we are, but is there more than meets the eye with this star-studded celebration of adulthood?
83 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Episode 21 Funny People
Our two Sandler scoundrels take a look at Funny People, the Judd Apatow directed tour de force featuring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and a whole bunch of other people. A long film that looks at friendship, heartbreak, mortality, stand up comedy, dick and fart jokes, and, perhaps, the strange need for connection that drives one to become one of the so-called “funny people.” Featuring a special extended appearance by the neighbor’s puppy! Neither host dare acknowledge him, but dear listener, let his pervasive barking remind you of the interconnectedness of all things!
73 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Episode 20: Bedtime Stories
The two Sandler Stooges discuss Adam Sandler’s first expressly family friendly movie, a collaboration between Happy Madison and Disney. We only get all SJW-y for a little bit at the end Thank God! I (Chris) also have to issue a correction: Rob Schneider is, indeed, one of the “grown-ups.” Congratulations Rob!
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