Sunday, August 13, 2017

Movie review: Sandy Wexler

 Sandy is a Los Angeles talent manager representing an unusual group of clients on the fringes of show business during the 1990's. But his professionalism is tested when he starts to fall in love with a new client.

Adam Sandler (Sandy), Jennifer Hudson (Courtney), Kevin James (Ted), Colin Quinn (Kevin), Nick Swardson (Gary), Jackie Sandler (Amy), Terry Crews (Bobby), Rob Schneider (Firuz), Lamorne Morris (Bling).

Sandy is an unusual character, even in Hollywood, managing a group of unusual clients. After discovering Courtney, he begins to fall in love, testing his professionalism and ethics. The remainder of the film is a slow dance between Sandy and Courtney even as Sandy's unusual management style begins to unravel. The film wraps nicely without leaving an aftertaste.

Acting was decent with Sandler delivering slightly better than usual. Hudson was a brilliant choice to play opposite Sandler and did a wonderful job. James, Quinn, and Swardson were all well cast and delivered nicely. Crews and Schneider were fun additions as always and did well. Cameo appearances by some big names were fun.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were solid if somewhat mild. Dialogue was good with some nice comedy working with the drama. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Overall I think the best description of Sandy Wexler is tepid. The romantic drama never strongly develops, nor does the drama. While the storyline is amusing, it isn't quite enough by itself and the other components fail to pick up the slack. The result is a mild romantic comedy that is easily forgotten when over.

This one should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2017
Reviewed: 7.31.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Romantic comedy

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