Hope I got the format on this thread right-- I'm sure Pengy or someone will change it if I didn't. (-:
Anyway, I went and saw this with my lady friend last night despite trepidations. I love Adam Sandler, don't get me wrong, but in my opinion his last few films have been pretty muddled. Anger Management couldn't decide if it wanted to be an Adam Sandler movie with Jack Nicholson in it or the other way around, and wound up not satisfying on either level. Big Daddy let the sappiness get in the way of the humor. Wedding Singer let the humor get in the way of the sappiness. Punch Drunk Love, his attempt at an arthouse flick, wasn't funny OR sappy, just boring. And Mr. Deeds was just plain bad on all counts.
So while I'm a big fan of Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, the Waterboy, and Little Nicky (all films in which the comedy takes the forefront and the romance, if any, knows its place as second banana), I was nervous about this one. I was all prepped for something like The Wedding Singer-- a bunch of overly sappy romance crap for my girlfriend, with just enough chuckles peppered in there to keep me from walking out but not quite enough to really justify my eight bucks.
So imagine my surprise when this turned out to be, overall, one of the better Adam Sandler films I've seen. This is the movie that he's been trying to make for ages, perfectly blending non-sequitur Adam Sandler humor a la his early efforts with a really engaging romance, with neither aspect crowding the other one out. In fact, the humor and the romance so effortlessly blend into one another, often sharing the same scene without fighting, that it makes you wonder why it took him so long to get it right.
I will warn you: you'll only enjoy this movie if you're willing to suspend disbelief on its completely ridiculous concept and a plot point near the end (which I won't give away for those who haven't seen it) which makes absolutely no sense. But it's so charming, the funny bits are so funny and the "aww" bits make you go "aww" so effectively, that this is surprisingly easy to do-- and this is coming from a veteran nitpicker.
I give it a very strong B+.