Eight Crazy Nights

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Eight Crazy Nights
8crazynights.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Seth Kearsley
Produced by Adam Sandler
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Brooks Arthur
Written by Adam Sandler
Allen Covert
Brooks Arthur
Brad Isaacs
Starring Adam Sandler
Jackie Titone
Austin Stout
Rob Schneider
Narrated by Rob Schneider
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Marc Ellis
Ray Ellis
Edited by Amy Budden
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27)
Running time 76 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $23.8 million

Eight Crazy Nights is a 2002 American adult animated musical comedy film directed by Seth Kearsley and produced, co-written by and starring Adam Sandler, in his first voice-acting role. Unlike most mainstream holiday films, it centers on Jewish characters during the Hanukkah season, as opposed to religious or secular celebration of Christmas. Despite being animated in the style of television Christmas specials, the film is adult oriented, featuring significant sexual and scatological humor, and focusing on such topics as alcoholism, bereavement, and depression.

The film's title is taken from a line in Sandler's series of songs called The Chanukah Song that compares the gift-giving traditions of Christmas and Chanukah: "Instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights!". Additionally, a new version of The Chanukah Song was played over the film's closing credits.

Plot[edit]

In the small town of Dukesberry, New Hampshire, Davey Stone, a 33-year-old alcoholic troublemaker with a long criminal record, whose antics have long earned him the animosity of the town, is arrested for walking out on his bill at Mr. Chang's Chinese restaurant and, while attempting to evade arrest ("Davey's Song"), destroying a giant Menorah/Santa ice sculpture. Davey is about to be sentenced to jail time when Whitey Duvall, a 70-year-old volunteer referee from Davey's former basketball league, who is himself an outcast and joke of the town because of his senility and often disturbing tendencies, intervenes and comes forward at his trial. The judge, at Whitey's suggestion, sentences Davey to community service as a referee-in-training for Whitey's Youth Basketball League. Under the terms of the community service, if Davey commits a felony before his sentence is completed, he will be sentenced to ten years in prison.

The next day, Davey referees his first game, which ends in disaster. After Davey causes disruptions, Whitey suffers a grand mal seizure, and the game is abruptly brought to an end. Attempting to calm Davey down, Whitey takes him to the mall, where they meet single mother Jennifer Friedman, Davey's childhood girlfriend, and her son, Benjamin. Though Whitey reminds him that he lost his chance with her twenty years earlier, Davey still finds himself attracted to Jennifer.

As time progresses, Davey and Whitey's relationship becomes more contentious, as Whitey's various attempts to encourage Davey are met with humiliation and assault - including but not limited to Davey knocking Whitey into an outhouse and then spraying him when he falls out with a hose, causing Whitey to be frozen in defecation. Upon arriving home one night ("Long Ago"), Davey finds his trailer being burned down by a man who lost a bet to him. Davey runs into the burning trailer to rescue a Hanukkah card from his late parents, then watches the trailer burn down. Whitey opens his home to Davey, who reluctantly accepts the invitation; also living in the house is Whitey's bald, diabetic fraternal twin sister Eleanor. The Duvall household has many complex rules (referred to by Whitey as technical fouls), which prove themselves extremely irritating ("Technical Foul"). Despite this, he seemingly overcomes them, and begins to turn his life around.

However, Davey's progress in reforming is halted when one morning Whitey recalls the events of Hanukkah twenty years ago: En route to one of Davey's basketball games, his parents' car was struck by an oncoming truck after it skidded on black ice. They were both killed, and Davey learned of their deaths when the police showed up at the end of his game to inform him. Davey withdrew from society and developed alcoholism, embarking on a life of juvenile delinquency and adult criminal behavior. Davey, uncomfortable with Whitey recalling the events of that day, loses his temper and scolds Whitey and insults him and Eleanor. As a result, Whitey revokes Davey's privilege to reside at his home, much to Davey's relief.

Davey spends the rest of the day drinking, and later that night breaks into the mall, which is closed. In a drunken stupor, he imagines the logos of various stores coming to life and confronting him about his inability to grieve for his parents, which they identify as the source of his alcoholism ("Intervention Song"). He finally opens his parents' Hanukkah card, which contains a message praising him for being a good son. Davey breaks down and cries, finally coming to terms with his loss. Just then, the police arrive to arrest him, but Davey escapes and boards a bus to New York, just as the police are searching for him across Dukesberry. En route to the city, the bus is forced to stop when all eight tires are punctured by a single thumbtack in the road. Reminded of the Miracle of Hanukkah, Davey walks off the bus, intending to find Whitey and make amends.

Davey finds Whitey at the All-Star Banquet, an annual town celebration in which one member of the community is recognized for positive contributions to Dukesberry. Despite having vied for the award for over thirty-five years, Whitey is once again passed over; he leaves in disgrace, intending to move to Florida, where he can live out the rest of his life in anonymity. Risking arrest, Davey enters the hall and informs everyone of the selfless contributions that Whitey has made to Dukesberry over the course of his life. Disgraced, the townspeople acknowledge the error of their decision ("Bum Biddy"). Davey leads the people to Whitey, who has gone to the mall to "speak to it" alone. The townspeople thank Whitey for his service over the years and the Mayor officially grants him the Patch Award. All 32 (one had won three) previous recipients of the awards give theirs to Whitey. Davey and Jennifer reconcile, and Whitey goes into a seizure, which he calls "the happiest seizure of my life!".

Cast[edit]

  • Adam Sandler:
    • Davey Stone, a former basketball prodigy who turns into a sarcastic and careless petty criminal and alcoholic following his parents' death. He later redeems himself and makes amends with Whitey Duvall, who was previously the source of many of his antagonisms.
    • Whitey Duvall, a senior referee who is to be put in retirement. He tries to help Davey reform, yet often grows impatient with his personality. He dreams of being given a patch for serving the basketball community, which comes true thanks to Davey's redemption. He is also prone to having seizures.
    • Eleanore Duvall, Whitey's timid and insecure but serious twin sister who dislikes Davey's personality, but later has a heart for him in the end. She wears wigs due to her baldness and she states she resembles an owl.
    • The Deer, a group of deer who become Whitey's pets. They dislike Davey for mistreating Whitey, but after Davey (deliberately) humiliates himself, they show loyalty.
  • Jackie Titone as Jennifer Friedman. Davey's childhood girlfriend; after his heart hardens following his parents' death, she feels sorry for him but dislikes his personality. She later takes kindly to Davey for changing his ways.
  • Austin Stout as Benjamin Friedman, Jennifer's excitable 11-year old son.
  • Rob Schneider:
    • The Narrator
    • Mr. Chang, a Chinese restaurant waiter who doesn't like Davey for running out on his bill and the way he acts, but after Davey tells everyone of Whitey's selfless yet shunned acts, he befriends him. As a small running gag, Eleanor's wigs are thrown on his head.
  • Kevin Nealon as Mayor Dewey, the Mayor of Dukesberry who tries to make everything look perfect. He also has a grudge on Davey for ruining his Christmas statues, but after Davey's good deed comes to him, he softens up to Davey.
  • Norm Crosby as the Judge, who sentences Davey to be a referee, or he will spend a decade in prison if he commits a crime. He also takes Davey seriously for his redemption.
  • Jon Lovitz as Tom Baltezor, a competitor in the All-Star Banquet for the patch. He takes Whitey's place for the patch, but after Davey tells everyone of Whitey's kind deeds, he humbly forfeits the patch to Whitey. He has a hook for a left hand, which is very prone to injuring.
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Production[edit]

The film was animated by A. Film A/S and Yowza! Animation.

Release[edit]

Eight Crazy Nights came in at third place on its opening weekend among U.S. box office, making only $14 million since its Wednesday launch. It only grossed a total of $23.6 million in North America and negligible foreign box office receipts, for a total of only $23.8 million worldwide, making it a box office bomb.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received largely negative reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 12% positive reviews with consensus saying "Sandler returns to his roots in this nauseating concoction filled with potty humor and product placements.[1] Top film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four possible stars and derided the movie's dour tone, saying that "The holidays aren't very cheerful in Sandlerville." However, on his review program, co-host Richard Roeper gave the film a "Thumbs Up!"

Sandler won a Kids' Choice Award for Best Voice in an Animated Movie in 2003 and was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor, along with Mr. Deeds.

Home media[edit]

Eight Crazy Nights was released November 4, 2003 on VHS and single- and two-disc edition DVD. The two-disc "special edition" features deleted scenes, several audio commentaries, and Sandler's short film "A Day with the Meatball", among other special features.[2] A Blu-ray version of the film has yet to be released.

Soundtrack[edit]

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Adam Sandler and Eight Crazy Nights Cast
Released November 27, 2002
Recorded 2002
Label Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax

The soundtrack of the film was released on November 27, 2002 by Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax.[3][4] The soundtrack contains every song in the film, including the new installment of "The Chanukah Song" and a deleted song, called "At The Mall", sung by Whitey as he strolls through the mall in an alternate opening, which is included in the DVD release.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Davey's Song"   Adam Sandler 2:16
2. "At The Mall"   Adam Sandler (feat. Kevin Grady) 2:45
3. "Patch Song"   Adam Sandler 1:04
4. "Long Ago"   Adam Sandler, Alison Krauss & Eight Crazy Nights Cast 2:12
5. "Technical Foul"   Adam Sandler 3:39
6. "Intervention Song"   Adam Sandler & Eight Crazy Nights Cast 2:33
7. "Bum Biddy"   Adam Sandler & Eight Crazy Nights Cast 4:06
8. "The Chanukah Song, Part 3 (Radio Version)"   Adam Sandler 4:18
9. "The Chanukah Song, Part 3 (Movie Version)"   Adam Sandler 3:41

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