Big Daddy

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Joseph M Caracciolo, Allen Covert, Michelle Holdsworth, Adam Sandler, Robert Simonds, Mary P Winn, Jack Giarraputo, Alex Siskin
  • Writers: Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Rob Schneider, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Leslie Mann, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, Joseph Bologna, Josh Mostel

Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is a carefree, unmotivated slob, who has declined to take on adult roles and responsibilities. He has earned a law degree, but has chosen not to even attempt to take the bar exam, since he was awarded $200,000 in an automobile accident years prior and lives off his restitution. He is employed, on a part time basis only, as a toll booth collector. His best friend is a kind-hearted delivery guy named Nazo (Rob Schneider) who stops by every so often. Sonny also has a habit of frequently harassing his roommate’s girlfriend, Corrine (Leslie Mann) about her previous employment at Hooters every chance he gets.

The film shows Sonny’s friends, all former schoolmates, are “moving ahead” in their lives. His roommate Kevin Garrity (Jon Stewart) decides to ask Corrine to marry him and that is another thing that irritates Sonny. Kevin decides to pop the question the day before he is leaving for China for his law firm. Two of his male friends from school, in contrast to their conduct in Sonny’s experience while at school, are now revealed to be homosexual and in a committed domestic partnership. Sonny’s girlfriend (Kristy Swanson), disgusted and perplexed at Sonny’s contrasting and inconsistent conduct decides to end her romantic relationship with him. Not to mention find a new much older man with more reliability.

One year, three months, and six days later, Sonny, now a lawyer and married to Layla with a child of their own, is surprised with a birthday party at Hooters attended by all his colleagues and friends, including Julian, but is more surprised to find his ex-girlfriend working as a Hooters girl and her boyfriend with his so called five-year plan working the grill.

Grown Ups

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert, Steve Koren, Barry Bernardi
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph

Five best friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade) and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph) and kids in town, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t always mean growing up.

The Wedding Singer

  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Robert Simonds
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Music
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz

In 1985, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a wedding singer from the town of Ridgefield, New Jersey. Engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Linda (Angela Featherstone), he meets and befriends a waitress, Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), at the reception hall where he is performing one night. Julia is also engaged, to fiancé Glenn Gulia (Matthew Glave).

On his wedding day, Robbie is devastated when Linda leaves him standing at the altar. She later faces him at his home, telling him that his failure to move on with his singing career led her to change her mind. Robbie tries to move forward with his life, but his despair hinders his performances. Julia tries to cheer him up, and later asks him to help her plan her own wedding. Initially reluctant, Robbie eventually agrees, and their friendship blossoms as they spend more time together and become closer.

Julia’s cousin, Holly (Christine Taylor), asks to be set up on a double date with Robbie and Glenn. Julia becomes jealous when Holly throws herself at Robbie and drinks to excess. Holly takes her to the bathroom, and while the girls are away, Glenn brazenly admits to Robbie that he has been cheating on Julia for some time and will continue to do so, even after the wedding. At the end of the evening, Robbie, with a pained expression, watches Glenn take Julia home. Robbie later takes Holly home, and when he rebuffs her advances, Holly realizes that he is in love with Julia.

The movie closes with Julia and Robbie’s wedding, as the band, with the best man (an uncredited Steve Buscemi, who played another best man earlier in the film) singing “True” with the wedding ensemble.

Happy Gilmore

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Robert Simonds
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Allen Covert, Frances Bay, Christopher McDonald, Ben Stiller

Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is an aspiring ice hockey player from Waterbury, Connecticut who masters a powerful, and dangreous slapshot that his late father taught him as a child. However, his aggression and poor skating ability render it impossible for him to make any hockey team. His grandmother (Frances Bay), with whom he’s lived almost all his life due to an unfortunate hockey-related incident which killed his father, has not paid her taxes for many years. As such, she owes $270,000 to the IRS and the house that Happy’s grandfather “built with his bare hands” is about to be seized. Grandma Gilmore is forced to temporarily move into a retirement home run as a sweatshop by Hal, the retirement home’s sadistic manager (Ben Stiller in an uncredited role). While repossessing Grandma’s furniture, a pair of movers challenge Happy to shoot golf balls, and his unorthodox hockey slapshot hits 400 yards three times, winning $40 as a result. This gives Happy the idea to go to the driving range to make money with bets on his swing. When ex-golf player and current Club Pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) (who was forced to retire when his hand was bitten off by an alligator) sees Happy’s shot, he talks Happy into entering a local tournament by convincing him he can make a lot of money. Happy wins the tournament and earns a spot on the PGA Tour. However, against Chubbs’ advice Happy joins the tour immediately after learning he can make enough money to buy back Grandma’s house.

Shooter is attacked by an angry mob of spectators after he steals the gold jacket from Doug in a fit of hysteria after Happy wins. The film closes with Happy being congratulated by the two-handed ghost of Chubbs, Abraham Lincoln, and the alligator (reference to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).

Bedtime Stories

  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Andrew Gunn, Jack Giarraputo
  • Writers: Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless, Courteney Cox

Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a hotel handyman who was promised as a child by his father Marty (Jonathan Pryce) to be the manager of the family hotel, which was agreed to by Mr. Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) when the Bronson family reached bankruptcy and had to sell their hotel to him. When Nottingham announces plans to build a new hotel he appoints another man, the snotty Kendall (Guy Pearce) to become the manager, overshadowing Skeeter because Kendall is dating his daughter Violet.

Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courteney Cox) asks him to watch her kids, because the school at which she is the principal is being closed and she is looking for a job in Arizona. Skeeter, who had been told not to visit their home by Wendy’s now-divorced husband had not gotten to know his niece and nephew Bobbi and Patrick (Laura Ann Kesling and Jonathan Morgan Heit) after some initial awkwardness, with both the kids and his day shift babysitter Jill (Keri Russell) he finally decides to settle them into bed and meets their pet guinea pig Bugsy (named because his eyes “Would look big on a cow!”) as they ask him to read a story, the environmental conservative storybooks that Wendy had weren’t satisfactory, so upon deciding to make his own story, he created it, wrapping around his own life as a medieval story about a squire named “Sir Fixalot” and his antagonist “Sir Buttkiss” (Kendall) during the course of the story the entranced kids make their own additions to the story, such as the king (Nottingham) giving Sir Fixalot a chance to prove himself worthy of the kingdom’s crown and usurp Buttkiss’ chances. During the celebration, Patrick announces that it starts raining gumballs, and the story ends at that. The following day, Skeeter is called to fix Nottingham’s television which had broken and during the visit, he tells Skeeter the “secret” theme that he had announced for the hotel, which was a rock and roll theme much like that of the Hard Rock Hotel when Skeeter points this out, he is offered the opportunity to come up with a better theme, a contest to prove if he may be more right for this position against Kendall. While celebrating his luck, Skeeter suddenly is greeted with a shower of gumballs raining down from above, which was also in the story the night before. Skeeter concludes that the story that he had told to the children had come true and quickly develops a plan to use it to his advantage.

Sometime later, he marries Jill and founds a hotel named after his late father. Kendall, for trying to destroy the School with Skeeter’s nephew and niece inside the building isn’t fired, instead he and his scheming partner Aspen (Lucy Lawless) are demoted to members of the hotel wait staff. Violet marries Mickey giving him control of the Nottingham Empire, becoming the 9th richest man alive, while Nottingham himself overcomes his fears of germs and becomes the School Nurse. In the meantime newlywed Skeeter and Jill have a baby.

Mr Deeds

  • Directors: Steven Brill
  • Producers: Sid Ganis, Jack Giarraputo
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy, based on a story by, Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Allen Covert, Erick Avari, and John Turturro

Preston Blake started out in his career hoping to be a television broadcaster as a young man, slowly working his way up through the ranks to found Blake Media, a corporation running hundreds of television and radio stations and with 50 thousand employees. After Blake freezes to death at the summit of Mount Everest with a triumphant smile on his face, a search for his heir begins.

When it is found that he has a living nephew named Longfellow Deeds who runs a pizzeria in New Hampshire, Deeds is contacted and brought to New York City by attorney & businessman Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher). Plans are made for Deeds to sell his shares in the company to Cedar and return home $40 billion richer, but he must remain in New York for a few days as all the legal details are worked out.

The story is major news, and reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), who works for a tabloid show called Inside Access, has a friend pretend to steal her purse in sight of Deeds, because their research indicated Deed wanted to meet a girl by saving her, the same way his father had met his mother. Deeds rescues her and she continues to go out with him under the disguise of Pam Dawson, a school nurse from Winchestertonfieldville, Iowa (a town she made up on the spot when asked where she was from, which later turns out to be a real place).

As Emilio is the true heir, Deeds’ sale of his shares to Cedar is not legal. Emilio immediately takes control and fires Cedar, among others. Babe reveals herself to Deeds and apologizes for tricking him, and they reconcile and Deeds falls in love again. As they’re leaving, Emilio gives Deeds a billion dollars, some of which Deeds spends on Corvettes for the entire town, and he returns to Mandrake Falls with his new wife Babe, where he learns that Hallmark Cards has bought one of his cards, the one he wrote for Babe.

Anger Management

  • Directors: Peter Segal
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy
  • Writers: David S Dorfman
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, Allen Covert, Lynne Thigpen, With Woody Harrelson, And John Turturro

The film begins in 1978, where a young Dave Buznik sits on a street corner, looking at the girl of his dreams jumping rope. She comes over and wants to play truth or dare. He picks dare, and she says to kiss her. Right as he’s about to, the local school bully Arnie Shankman pulls down his pants, embarrassing him in front of everybody. Shankman’s antics have traumatized Dave from there on, kissing in public. In the present day, a grown up Dave Buznik works at a cat catalog company, but he still has problems with standing up for himself such as dealing with an abusive boss who frequently takes credit for his work, much to the concern of his girlfriend Linda.

On the plane, a person is in his assigned seat. Dave is invited to sit beside a person who introduces himself as Buddy Rydell. Buddy seems very annoying and laughs out loud at a movie. Not wanting Dave to miss out, he tells him to get a headset. Dave asks for one, but the flight attendant he asks just starts talking nonstop to another flight attendant, generally ignoring his request. Annoyed, Dave asks her again, tapping her on the arm, and she demands that he lower his voice and keep calm, although he is quite calm. The flight’s air marshal soon enters the conversation and ends up tasering Dave due to miscontrued words that he interprets as being racist.

The film ends where the majority of the film’s cast are celebrating Dave’s graduation in a park. Dave pulls a joke on Buddy, having a friend of his pose as the owner of the car Buddy ruined earlier in the movie. The friend pulls out a gun, and Dave stands up to him, citing what he learned from Buddy, it’s revealed the gun is a water gun, which Buddy used on the monks earlier. The group laugh and finish by singing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story.

The Waterboy

  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Robert Simonds, Adam Sandler
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuza Balk, Jerry Reed

Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced “Boo-SHAY”), a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering, water boy with anger issues due to constant teasing and his mother’s (Kathy Bates) excessive sheltering. He was the water boy for the fictitious University of Louisiana Cougars[2][3] (a name and mascot bearing a strong resemblance to the Louisiana State University Tigers) for the past 18 years (he joined sometime around the 1980-81 season), but the players tormented him, and the team’s head coach, Coach Red Beaulieu, (Jerry Reed) fired him for disrupting his team’s practices. His attempt to become the new waterboy of his favorite wrestler, Captain Insano (Paul Wight, aka The Big Show), is unsuccessful because he reveals that he is in fact 31 years old. As a result, Captain Insano and the TV presenter laugh and Bobby, offended, hangs up before they answer. He later goes to Coach Klein (Henry Winkler), coach of the fictitious “South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs” (a name and mascot strongly resembling the former University of Southwestern Louisiana Bulldogs), and volunteers to work as the team’s water boy for free after seeing the filthy water that the coach provides his players.

During his first few hours of being waterboy for the Mud Dogs, one of the players spits into the water can. A flashback is then seen when the waterboy was a young kid working for the Cougars. Coach Beaulieu refuses the right for the waterboy to retaliate against one of his players for spitting in the cooler. Coach Klein notices his anger problem and encourages Bobby to stand up for himself instead of letting the players walk all over him. After Gee Grenouille (Peter Dante), the team’s captain taunts him, Bobby then sees flashbacks of the people that also made his life a living hell (to name a few: Greg Meaney, Coach Red Beaulieu, Captain Insano and the TV host, Jim Simmonds). Bobby utters the phrase “Stop makin’ fun of me!” signaling that enough is enough.

The line “You can do it!” is referenced in “Original Prankster” by The Offspring. The line is used as a running gag in other Sandler movies, Little Nicky and The Longest Yard and both times was said by Rob Schneider. It was used again in Rob Schneider’s The Animal, this time spoken by Adam Sandler, as well as in Sandler’s Anger Management, but spoken by then-mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani.