3 Adam Sandler movies on Netflix that defy expectation (2024)

Actor, writer, producer and comedian, Adam Sandler has become one of the voices of a generation. Prolific in his level of work, he has brought a huge amount of iconic characters to the screen and has accrued a small fortune in the process.

However, he is also often the butt of jokes, especially when it comes to his long-term exclusivity deal with Netflix. And yes, the sheer volume of movies he's made for the streaming service has resulted in some real stinkers – but there are several true gems, too. Not least when he's turned to serious roles.

So here we look here at three recent additions to his portfolio of work, each available to stream on Netflix now. And each showing Sandler at his best... in our opinion, at least.


When announced in 2020, very little was known about Spaceman. Would it be another feel-good comedy where Sandler plays a goofy and yet kind hearted astronaut? Would Kevin James pop up as the downtrodden leader of an alien race who needs Sandler to teach him how to roller skate? And at what point would Rob Schneider make an appearance?.

Everything pointed to this being yet another by the numbers slapstick Sandler staple.

So imagine the surprise when it turned out the film was a melancholic study into isolation, grief and the nature of the human condition... And with no Kevin James in sight!

Sandler plays Jakub, a small-time scientist, risen to become his country's first astronaut and who, during a dangerous and seemingly one way mission to Jupiter, encounters Hanus, an entity curious to learn more about humanity. But is Hanus (Paul Dano) real? Has Jakub gone insane through isolation and regret? And, if real, what does Hanus want?

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Spaceman is a slow, gentle study into loss and regret. It is a quiet and philosophical film where Sandler is given time and space, excuse the pun, to deliver a subtle and nuanced performance. It's not at all like most of his other work, instead it is a great example of what we should have from him rather than the usual… i'm looking at you Grown Ups 2.

Hubie Halloween

Okay, so with this one it is probably better to start with the basics.

Sandler plays Hubie Dubois, a good natured but eccentric local community volunteer in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Despite being a genuinely good human being with real love for his town, he is a figure of ridicule in the community, for kids and adults alike. However, when on Halloween real murders and spooky goings on occur, It's up to Hubie to get to the bottom of it and save the town.

Now, when it comes to insane, stupid, cringeworthy Sandler-esque comedy, Hubie Halloween is quite possibly the most Sandler-fied movie since Little Nicky.

It has all the tropes. Weird and unnecessary voice? Check. Undiagnosed and unmentioned physical and mental disability? Check. A cast of all of Sandler's close friends? Check. And, of course, it's an underdog story with a resolution you can see within the first five minutes. It's like Sandler bingo and everybody wins.

So, it's hard to say that Hubie Halloween is a good film, per se. It is fast paced, makes very little sense, has almost no tone or restraint, and has way too many characters that have very little to do, but Sandler himself seems to be having a ball. And you can't help smiling along with him during the ride.

Almost falling into the genre of "so bad it's good", Hubie Halloween is the ultimate Sandler flick. He breaks out all the moves practised over a long career and revels in the madness of the whole thing. I can't help feeling the entire movie was simply a joke or dare that got out of hand, but I honestly would not be unhappy if they announced a sequel.

Uncut Gems

Just imagine having a panic attack that lasts for 135 minutes. Imagine that for the entire time you are thrown into a constantly growing and evolving level of discomfort where despite knowing you can opt out at any time the idea of doing so seems insane. Imagine at the centre of this is an actor who you previously associated with light and fluffy family comedy movies who is giving the performance of his career.

The good news is that you don't have to imagine this, you just need a Netflix subscription and a strong stomach!

In this 2019 Saftie brothers drama, Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a New York jeweller who, in real time, is desperately risking everything to simply stay alive. Chased by those he owes money to, trying to save his business and balancing his personal life, Ratner is a blur of sound and motion for the 135 minutes, driven by sheer adrenaline and the idea of just surviving.

Uncut Gems is a whirlwind of a movie. Uncomfortable to watch, intense, unrelenting and at its core, raw and visceral. You feel for Ratner and simply want him to get through the day.

Sandler delivers the performance of his career, a performance remembered for not only its power but also by the way it was absolutely unrecognised and ignored by the academy at Oscar season. Despite many feeling the film, direction and Sandler’s performance not only should have been nominated, but also should have won Oscar gold, it was absolutely and shamelessly blanked, without a single nomination.

It seems that if you spend your career playing the fool it can be difficult to be seen as anything else.

Uncut Gems is a stunning film, one that you should find the time for. Just make sure you have a nice cup of tea ready for the end and perhaps a place to lie down.

3 Adam Sandler movies on Netflix that defy expectation (2024)


What movie on Netflix has Adam Sandler? ›

On top of his Netflix originals, the streamer also has plenty of other Sandler classics, like his 2003 comedy hit Anger Management and the critically praised 2019 drama Uncut Gems. His most recent film, Spaceman, debuted on Netflix on March 1 after it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

What is considered Adam Sandler's best movie? ›

Top 10 Adam Sandler Movies Ranked — In My Opinion
  • “Big Daddy” (1999) (10/10)
  • “Happy Gilmore” (1996) (9.5/10)
  • “Billy Madison” (1995) (9.5/10)
  • “Grown Ups” (2010) (9/10)
  • “50 First Dates” (2004) (9/10)
  • “Just Go With It” (2011) (8.5/10)
  • “Click” (2006) (8.5/10)
  • “You're So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah” (2023) (8/10)
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How many Netflix movies has Adam Sandler made? ›

Adam Sandler has starred in 10 Netflix original movies to date, many of which he produced. They include movies like "Hustle," "Hubie Halloween," and his latest, "You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah."

What is Adam Sandler's biggest movie? ›

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the highest grossing Adam Sandler movie to date, with a $528 million box office.

How many movies shows is Adam Sandler in? ›

American actor, comedian, director, screen-writer, song-writer, and film-producer, Adam Sandler has appeared in over sixty films and fifteen television series.

What is Adam Sandler's very first movie? ›

Adam Sandler made his film debut in 1989, playing an aspiring comedian who takes a gig aboard a cruise ship filled with beauty queens in the little-seen Going Overboard.

What was Adam Sandler's first movie called? ›

In 1987, Sandler played Theo Huxtable's friend Smitty on The Cosby Show and the Stud Boy or Trivia Delinquent on the MTV game show Remote Control. After his film debut in Going Overboard in 1989, Sandler performed in comedy clubs, having first taken the stage at his brother's urging when he was 17.

What movie made Adam Sandler rich? ›

It was after his surprise 1995 ouster from SNL, however, that Sandler really hit it big as a movie star with the surprise smash hit Billy Madison, which made $26 million on a $10 million budget.

What is Adam Sandler's newest movie called? ›

"Spaceman" is a somber and reflective adaptation of the 2017 novel, "Spaceman of Bohemia," by Jaroslav Kalfař and features Sandler as an American astronaut named Jakub who's adrift in the interstellar void both literally and figuratively.

Who is Adam Sandler real wife? ›

For three decades, Adam Sandler has made a name for himself in the entertainment world, but aside from acting, performing and singing, the "Big Daddy" star is also a devoted family man. The funnyman and his wife Jackie Sandler are parents of two daughters.

Is Adam Sandler doing a Netflix special? ›

Netflix today announced Adam Sandler will film an all-new comedy special, his second for Netflix following 2018's Emmy-nominated 100% Fresh. The untitled special will be directed by Josh Safdie, who along with Benny Safdie, also directed Sandler in the film Uncut Gems.

Do Adam Sandler's daughters act? ›

Who is the highest paid actor? ›

Adam Sandler's four film projects of 2023 propelled him to an annual salary of $73m (£57m), making him the highest-paid performer in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

Who is the guy in all of Adam Sandler's movies? ›

The comedian has mostly stuck to an exclusive cast of actors that are involved in nearly all of Adam Sandler's movies. This short list includes Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, and longtime friends Kevin Nealon, Peter Dante, and Nick Swardson.

What is the waterboy on Netflix? ›

In this engaging comedy, Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher, a lovable dolt from the Louisiana bayou who works as a waterboy for a college football team. But when Bobby gets angry, he becomes a football dynamo, and the coach decides to capitalize on that.

What is the movie Spaceman with Adam Sandler about? ›

What movie is Adam Sandler in on HBO? ›

: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore play single parents sharing a suite together with their respective families at a South African resort.

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