Film Review: ‘The Ridiculous 6’

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Adam Sandler's pseudo-comic Western is a movie for anyone who found 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' too intellectually taxing.

The scenery ain’t bad but the laughs are tumbleweed-sparse in “The Ridiculous 6,” a Western sendup so lazy and aimless, it barely qualifies as parody. Although this (twice) studio-ditched production was dogged by controversy earlier this year, when about a dozen Native American cast members walked off the set in protest, the jokes here are less Apache than just plain patchy, too witless even to rise to the level of giving offense. Netflix has the exclusive and dubious honor of lobbing Adam Sandler’s latest quasi-comic excretion at the masses, and the movie’s crude, orifice-driven gags and equal-opportunity stereotyping should lasso a fair number of undiscriminating eyeballs in streaming play. Viewers who found “A Million Ways to Die in the West” too intellectually taxing should lap it up.

Reteaming with such longtime collaborators as director Frank Coraci and writer Tim Herlihy (with whom he penned the script), Sandler here treats the American oater the way he treats almost every genre or concept these days, as a vehicle that can easily be made to accommodate his particular brand of cine-mediocrity. Ostensibly a spoof of “The Magnificent Seven” and other classic frontier epics (as well as a conveniently timed appetizer before Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming “The Hateful Eight”), “The Ridiculous 6” poses no challenge to “Blazing Saddles” in that particular department, and indeed might as well have been titled “Western Movie,” given its resemblance to the barrel-bottom-scraping spoofs of the Friedberg/Seltzer school.

Sandler plays an expert bladesman named Tommy, or White Knife, as he’s known to the Apache tribe that has raised him from boyhood. On the eve of his marriage to a Native American bombshell (Julia Jones) who goes by the name of Smoking Fox (though at one point she’s referred to as “Poca-hot-tits”), Tommy has an unexpected run-in with the notorious outlaw Frank Stockburn (Nick Nolte), who reveals himself to be none other than his long-lost father before being led off at gunpoint by Cicero (Danny Trejo), a no-good gangster whom Frank owes $50,000. Determined to save the dad he never knew, Tommy decides to raise the money himself and pay off Cicero, even if it means robbing, cheating and accidentally decapitating others in the process.

Frank, it turns out, sowed his oats far and wide, and before long Tommy is united with five half-brothers he never knew, starting with a rascally Mexican named Ramon (a Spanish-accented Rob Schneider), whose best friend and secret weapon is a burro with chronic incontinence issues. The others are Lil Pete (Taylor Lautner), a gee-golly cantaloupe-screwing hick; Herm (Jorge Garcia), a buck-toothed, barely verbal oaf with a taste for moonshine; Danny (Luke Wilson), a disgraced ex-bodyguard responsible for the assassination of a certain U.S. president; and Chico (Terry Crews), who, being a black man in a numbskull comedy, is sufficiently well endowed to have mastered the art of hands-free piano playing.

Wandering across a desert landscape that suggests Monument Valley with a few more phallus-shaped boulders, this ragtag team of frontier misfits embark on a series of heists and burglaries that exist primarily to show off Sandler’s talent for calling in favors: Here’s Harvey Keitel as an unscrupulous saloon owner, there’s David Spade as Gen. Custer, and oh look, it’s John Turturro as baseball inventor Abner Doubleday, in perhaps the film’s least necessary and most borderline-charming sequence. Hovering around the periphery are a gang of eyepatch-wearing pandits whose ranks include Will Forte and Steve Zahn, plus Tommy’s extended Apache family, who are on hand mainly so that we can either laugh or get mad at their extremely literal-minded names.

But really, why pay Sandler’s idiot shenanigans the compliment of anger? There’s nothing here so inspired as to warrant the audience’s contempt, much less its surprise. Viewers who gladly endured “Pixels” may well revel in the sight of the star giving another of his patented non-performances, and those who saw “Big Daddy” and “That’s My Boy” will hardly be shocked to see him once again knee-deep in daddy issues. In what probably counts as multitasking for all involved, “The Ridiculous 6” manages to be not just a pitiful excuse for a comedy but also a pitiful excuse for a male weepie. And as the over-active father at the heart of it all, the gravel-voiced Nolte shows up most of his co-stars by playing his part with so much wily conviction, you’d almost swear he were acting in an actual movie.

Still, the MVP here is undoubtedly Ramon’s donkey, who gives 110% whether he’s fellating Lautner on screen (someone’s clearly on Team Jacob), or standing perfectly still while Steve Buscemi rubs ointment inside the beast’s rectum. Which, incidentally, would make a far more appropriate destination for “The Ridiculous 6” than your Netflix queue.

Film Review: ‘The Ridiculous 6’

Reviewed online, Pasadena, Calif., Dec. 11, 2015. Running time: 119 MIN.

Production

A Netflix release and presentation of a Netflix original film, a Happy Madison production. Produced by Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Ted Sarandos. Executive producers, Barry Bernardi, Pauline Fischer, Sarah Bowen, Tim Herlihy, Nick Swardson, Heather Parry. Co-producers, Aimee Keen, Kevin Grady.

Crew

Directed by Frank Coraci. Screenplay, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler. Camera (Deluxe color, Panavision widescreen), Dean Semler; editor, Tom Costain; music, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Elmo Weber; production designer, Perry Andelin Blake; art director, Alan Au; set decorator, Carla Curry; set designers, Cameron Birnie, Ernie Avila; costume designer, Ellen Lutter; sound, Billy Sarokin; supervising sound editors, Russell Farmarco, Weber; re-recording mixers, Tateum Kohut, Greg Orloff; special effects makeup, Legacy Effects; special effects coordinator, Mark Byers; visual effects supervisor, Randy Goux, visual effects producer, Emily Bowen; visual effects, Zero VFX; stunt coordinator, Scott Rogers; choreographer, Jamal Sims; associate producers, Paul Sado, Dan Bulla, Daryl Kass; assistant director, Nick Mastandrea; second unit directors, Scott Rogers, Perry Andelin Blake; second unit camera, Paul Elliott, Phil Pfeiffer; casting, Anya Colloff, Michael Nicolo.

With

Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Will Forte, Steve Zahn, Harvey Keitel, Nick Nolte, Jon Lovitz, Whitney Cummings, Danny Trejo, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Vanilla Ice, Blake Shelton, Saginaw Grant, Julia Jones, Lavell Crawford, Chris Parnell, Jared Sandler, Dana Goodman, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi.

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  1. NW says:

    It takes a lot for a group of people to walk off a set. I have no interest in watching a film that denigrates Native Americans and women. So Adam Sandler, because you initiated this film – with the bare minimum of intelligence, wit, and respect – you are off my watch list. And I subscribe to Netflix, But I will never watch another one of your films.

  2. Cecil B. Devine says:

    Can the Estate of John Sturges sue? How about Sergio Leone? The Republic of Mexico?
    Steve McQueen died so they could sin.

  3. Marty says:

    I enjoyed this movie, which I watched while on my treadmill. In an Adam Sandler-specific way it was clever and funny. Not the worst way to spend two hours on a treadmill! The celebrity-filled cast made it even more fun. Context matters, folks. This is a ADAM SANDLER movie! What on earth were you expecting? To most adults, Sandler’s formula by now is well known- he plays to the lowest common denominator. If you find that type of humor to be objectionable and you still choose to watch ADAM SANDLER movies, well, you should go flog yourself. Reading the many scathingly negative reviews by critics and “moviegoers” on this site, as well as others, has been as entertaining as I personally found the movie to be. Haters, y’all need to lighten up a bit, or at least better manage your expectations when deciding whether or not to watch an ADAM SANDLER movie. Who else agrees?

  4. Ashley says:

    This movie was freakin hilarious. The hanging scene had me in tears; Taylor Lautner did a great job in this film. The headless shoot out was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. The whole cast was a perfect ensemble of goof ball comedians having fun doing silly stuff. Donkey diarrhea, dangling eyeball, slapstick mixed with sentimental smile-inducing cuteness- it’s a great combo. If you can’t find the humor in a movie like this, then you aren’t a humorous person to begin with (you must be a lot of fun at parties! :/ bleh.)

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  6. carl sagen says:

    I thought Ridiculous 6 was a really funny, different way to go about a western. Most of Happy Madison productions the past few years have been so clique and boring, this was actually good. The film has a serious tone to it, meanwhile the happy madision shenanigans go on and this creates an interesting playful vibe and funny story. Im not sure why all the hate, its definitely one of his better movies lately. I think the fact that Happy Madison and crew are attempting a western is half of the humor. Im thinking in this tuff hollywood critic world, no matter how adam sandlers western turned out, people would trash talk it because, well, trash talking is cool now.

  7. Jon says:

    It spoofs The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    And spoof True Grit Reteaming with such longtime collaborators as director Frank Coraci and writer Tim Herlihy (with whom he penned the script), Sandler here treats the American oater the way he treats almost every genre or concept these days, as a vehicle that can easily be made to accommodate his particular brand of cine-mediocrity. Ostensibly a spoof of “The Magnificent Seven” and other classic frontier epics (as well as a conveniently timed appetizer before Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming “The Hateful Eight”), “The Ridiculous 6” poses no challenge to “Blazing Saddles” in that particular department, and indeed might as well have been titled “Western Movie,” given its resemblance to the barrel-bottom-scraping spoofs of the Friedberg/Seltzer school.

  8. Angel says:

    That’s your opinion, however I don’t agree. I think it’s a funny movie and that’s my review. Hating is not cool, and until I see a movie for myself, I refuse to believe you appointed critics. Lighten up!

  9. Continental says:

    Great flick! I haven’t seen a movie this funny in years. Just sit back and enjoy the laughs. Fantastic cast. Keep in mind it’s ment to be ridiculous.

  10. Jinxi Richow says:

    Poor “Chanukah Boy.”

    Sandler has lost all ability to be funny … unless you think using the word ‘rectum’ is a clear indication of comic genius.

  11. JJreal says:

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was a blast to watch. I loved those scenes with all the Indians especially that little Indian boy with his raised Tomahawk ready to fight the white man. The Hang scene was just too funny. Hope we get another one real soon.

  12. Vikithor says:

    Good or bad comedies do not exist … if someone can laugh … It has been paid. People here should watch only dramatic movies, cause they are boring like them.
    Hate yourself on the mirror is the best thing you can do instead coming here spread hate.
    Have a good Sunday.

  13. Indigenius Ideas says:

    This film is sits on the shelf with “Birth of a Nation”. This is a film that doesn’t belong near my family. Hitler and Woodrow Wilson would love it. 

    Anyone who thinks that Natives walking off a movie set is not a HUGE DEAL can’t grasp that the amount of movie roles for Native Americans would only fill a sewing thimble. They  can’t grasp that 99% of the roles for Natives in Hollywood are demeaning and are less than 1% of all movie roles. They can’t grasp that most Americans  can’t  even name a Native actor or actress…and NO a white person acting in a Native role-aka  Redface is NOT a Native actor.

     I was angry and offended by the script content that was released in Native media sources–yes Virginia there is an Indian Country in the US and we have our own media outlets!

     Unlike every other American family telling their kids that they can “be anything they want to be when they grow up”, I tell my Cherokee-American kids that they can never be actors. Fellow Americans think about that before brushing off this post or the  detrimental effects of Ridiculous 6 lightly   …

  14. Rex says:

    “. . . less Apache than just plain patchy.”

    Now THAT’s pretty funny. Excellent review in general. I wouldn’t touch another Sandler picture with a ten-foot inflatable phallus (though I’m sure Sandler would call that brilliant), and swore him off completely after his fourth or fifth excretion, but I do enjoy reading well-crafted reviews, pro or con, and this one’sa keeper.

    Too bad all the Sandler fartcatchers, oops, I mean “fans” can’t just read it (while breathing through their mouths no doubt) and move on, rather than mashing their sausage fingers across their keyboards to get their pathetic little would-be haughty revenge. Creepy, the bunch of ’em.

    The very fact that Sandler needs Netflix is a sign the studios are done with this one trick pony.

    • jason says:

      lol piss on em. No seriously its the equivalent of going to comedy stand up and being offended of a fat joke or retards, midgets, breasts, racial ect. The hell you doing there then?

  15. Daina Mock says:

    wow! This critic’s review is full of hate. It’s just a comedy.

  16. Juan Solo says:

    The movie wasn’t good. But it wasn’t bad either. It just another Sandler comedy, not art, just a passtime. But what I wanted to express is this: as a born and raised latin american, I found hearthwarming the almost impecable spanish pronunciation by Rob Schneider, which means that, a) Rob Schneider actually speaks spanish, or b) he took the time to learn how to pronounce spanish correctly. After watching numerous movies with spanish named actors horrible deliver spanish words, it’s quite refreshing. Also, the thirs word in this critique is “ain’t”? Ugh.

  17. Dean says:

    I was really excited to watch this movie, all the elements were there. A seemingly good and funny story line. An immaculate set of actors who have played hilarious roles in other films. And no restrictions for their comedic strategy since it was a Netflix produced movie, but I was so extremely let down by it. The small comedic touches just didn’t seem real and didn’t flow correctly, it was like a 1st time high school director directed this movie. The elements were there but it just flowed in an unfunny and predictable way. How can you fuck up a movie with such comedic talent? Was expecting a Little Nicki’ish/Tenacious D like comedy but got a Jerry Seinfeld stand-up show….SO what’s the deal with airplane food?….

  18. missdotty31 says:

    I think its a mistake to look for any comedy input from Sandler in this movie as he pretty much plays the straight guy, some of the supporting cast are brilliant, and who would imagine David Spade playing General Custer or Vanilla Ice playing Mark Twain? And Taylor Lautner shows guts playing a cross between Jethro Clampett and John Boy Walton. The baseball sequence is so clever too. If Harvey Keitel and Nick Nolte turn up for your movie you must be doing something right. It was just fun spotting the famous faces.

  19. I thought the movie was great……People need to stop being so politically correct…it is ruining the country…

  20. Bill B. says:

    And the beat goes on. The worst part of this endlessly awful career & it’s equally endless decline is that he will someday be on a sitcom EVERY WEEK!

  21. attorneytracey says:

    Adam Sandler’s movie is drek.

  22. stevenkovacs says:

    I didn’t get past the first 10 minutes. Not. Funny.

  23. Dynnik says:

    Just saw it. —It’s “passable”, not near as bad as (biased) Chang suggests. I mean, it’s straight puerile comedy with touches of parody here and there. If you can spare the 2 hours, while knitting, waiting for something or similar, it’s fair enough. I thought the cinematography, production design and editing were (surprisingly) really good… I guess Netflix didn’t want to go cheap on the production value of a cheap-jokes script. 6/10

  24. Dave Wilcox says:

    My new favorite phrase is written above: “eyepatch wearing pandits.”

  25. Roy Cantu says:

    This negative review, will not Chang my mind about seeing the movie.

  26. Jimmy Green says:

    Sandler never really had any talent. I always changed channels quickly when he appeared on SNL. Never funny, just sad.

    • V says:

      Adam Sandler has a lot of talent. He makes people laugh, that is talent. Of course if you enjoy some different out of world experience perhaps Jim Carry is more your type(even the name is boring. So just want to say to Adam you are greàt and thank you for making and giving laughter again. You are ingenious and will always be in comedy, do not let negativity (or jealousy let you down) for every 1 there are 100 who enjoy what you do. Keep giving and doing what God brought you here for :-), can’t wait for your next movie. Also a note to this individual who whom’s timeline I am on perhap’s you could get out of your cristisicm (negativity and cyberisism) by going out and meeting people and enjoying life. Just a thought :-)

  27. John Kaw, Jr. says:

    The “motion picture” was way, way, worse than this review conveys. Which is to say, it was about the same as most Adam Sandler movies.

  28. satireknight says:

    I feel stupider just READING about this movie. I’m pretty sure that watching it is like having a painless lobotomy.

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