How Does Adam Sandler’s Newest Netflix Movie Already Have A 100-Percent Rotten Tomatoes Score?
Well, according to thirteen-and-counting critics on Rotten Tomatoes, quite a bit — at the time of writing, Sandler’s latest project, You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah, sports a 100% fresh rating from the review aggregator. The teen dramedy about a pair of best friends whose epic Bat Mitzvah dreams are threatened by boy drama now sits at the top of Sandler’s list of highest rated films. In a stunning turn of events, the family project that sounds slightly less appealing than Pixels 2 landed on the love side of Sandler’s love/hate relationship with the critical voices of the movie business, despite the complete lack of involvement from P.T. Anderson, the Safdie Brothers or any other established critic’s darling to steer the ship.
No, the adaptation of the Fiona Rosenbloom novel by the same name achieved media approval solely on its own merits and the strength of the performances by the entire Sandler clan — Sandler’s daughters Sadie and Sunny star in the film alongside both their parents. You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah premieres on streaming tomorrow, presumably coinciding with the end of days.
Usually, we can smell an actually good Adam Sandler movie coming from a mile away — Punch Drunk Love, Uncut Gems and Hustle all had the haughty air of awards-worthiness when they first premiered. Adam Sandler stinkers, on the other hand, are even easier to spot — they’re usually comedies heavily featuring actors for whom it appears Sandler is doing a massive favor, they seem vaguely family-focused despite unnecessary swearing and toilet humor, and, Hustle notwithstanding, they sport that big red N in the lower corner indicating that they came from Sandler’s financially lucrative and creatively bankrupt collaboration with Netflix.
With what little respect is due to the duo of Happy Madison and Netflix, we had good reason to doubt You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah — entries like The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over and Sandy Wexler gave us the impression that Sandler and Netflix could never make a comedy worth much more than a hate-watch. However, if the early reviews are to be believed, their most recent attempt may change the narrative on Netflix original Sandler shlock.
Then again, the sequel could change it all back — watch out for You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah 2 when Rob Schneider becomes a woman of the faith.