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|Directed by||Steven Brill|
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
Hubie Halloween is a 2020 American comedy horror film directed by Steven Brill, written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, and starring Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, June Squibb, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Buscemi, and Maya Rudolph. The film follows a delicatessen worker that loves Halloween who must save the town of Salem, Massachusetts from a kidnapper.
Released on October 7, 2020 by Netflix, and dedicated to the memory of actor Cameron Boyce, who was originally set to appear, but passed away before production. The film received mixed reviews from critics.
Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) is a delicatessen employee in Salem, Massachusetts. Hubie is ridiculed by almost the entire city for being eccentric, and is the butt of many practical jokes. Hubie spends his time during Halloween monitoring the city as the official Halloween Helper.
The day before Halloween, Hubie meets his strange new neighbor Walter Lambert (Steve Buscemi), and news spreads around town about Richie Hartman (Rob Schneider), a convict who has absconded from a local mental institution.
The next day is Halloween; Hubie is working as Halloween Monitor and investigates Walter's home after reports of strange noises. Having reported this to the police, he is "recruited" by police sergeant Steve (Kevin James) as an "AUU" (auxiliary undercover unit).
Hubie goes to a local Halloween party to monitor the activities. However, it soon turns sour. Hubie is tricked into going in to a corn maze following reports that a kid is lost. Hubie's teenage co-worker Mike (Karan Brar) follows hoping to scare Hubie. Hubie finds Mike and sees him getting pulled into the maze, then nowhere to be found.
Hubie moves his attention to monitoring at a drive-in cinema. Hubie’s old classmates Lester and Mary Hennessey (Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph) scare Hubie after false reports of a suspicious activity in one of the cars at the drive-in (who turned out to be trick-or-treaters driven by Mr. Hennesy to throw eggs at Hubie). He flees in to the woods and finds Walter. Walter thinks he is turning into a werewolf and chases Hubie to a haunted house in a fun fair.
Mr. and Mrs. Hennesy are kidnapped and police sergeant Steve is alerted. At the haunted house, Hubie sees a husky, thinking it is Walter in his final form. The husky then runs into the haunted house and Hubie chases it inside. Pete Landolfa (Ray Liotta), one of Hubie's bullies, goes in to scare Hubie, but is kidnapped in front of him. Sgt. Downey arrives and suggests that they cancel Halloween. Hubie thinks it is Walter, but then Sgt. Blake calls that Walter is at the police station with Richie who had turned themselves in, who also reveals that Walter's real name is Nick Hudson. Richie had escaped to bring Walter back to the mental institution which they refer to as the werewolf treatment center. They all agree that Hubie is the kidnapper, thinking he is getting revenge on his bullies. He runs away and goes to a radio station.
DJ Aurora (Shaquille O'Neal, voiced by Vivian Nixon) tells Hubie that someone calls a lot more than him always requesting a song for Hubie. They all think Violet (Julie Bowen) is the culprit, thinking she's the caller. The burner phone that was planted when called is reveled to be in Hubie’s house and he races there, hoping his mother (June Squibb) is okay. It is revealed that Hubie's mother kidnapped the bullies in revenge for bullying Hubie and plans to burn them alive. He rescues them and his mother suddenly disappears.
A year later, Hubie is married to Violet and is the new Mayor of Salem. Hubie, having earned respect from the locals, goes into town on his bicycle and prepares for the Halloween festivities.
- Adam Sandler as Hubie Dubois, a delicatessen employee
- Kevin James as Sgt. Steve Downey, a police sergeant
- Julie Bowen as Violet Valentine, Hubie's crush
- Ray Liotta as Pete Landolfa, a rude man who recently lost his father
- Rob Schneider as Richie Hartman, a loose convict
- June Squibb as Hubie's mother
- Kenan Thompson as Sgt. Blake, a police sergeant
- Shaquille O'Neal as DJ Aurora, a radio host with a feminine voice
- Vivian Nixon as the voice of DJ Aurora
- Steve Buscemi as Walter Lambert, later revealed as Nick Hudson, Hubie's neighbor and a werewolf
- Maya Rudolph as Mary Hennessey, one of Hubie's old classmates
- Michael Chiklis as Father Dave, Salem's resident preacher
- Tim Meadows as Lester Hennessey, Mary's husband and one of Hubie's old classmates
- Karan Brar as Deli Mike Mundi, Hubie's co-worker
- George Wallace as Mayor Benson, the Mayor of Salem
- Paris Berelc as Megan, Tommy's dream girl
- Noah Schnapp as Tommy, Violet's foster son
- China Anne McClain as Miss Taylor, an elementary school teacher
- Colin Quinn as a janitor
- Kym Whitley as Louise, a local farmer
- Lavell Crawford as Dave, a local farmer
- Mikey Day as Axehead, a haunted house employee
- Blake Clark as Tayback, a cook
- Tyler Crumley as Adam O'Doyle, a boy who frequently bullies Hubie. This is a reference to Sandler's previous film Billy Madison
Ben Stiller reprises his role as Hal L., an orderly at Richie's asylum who previously appeared in Happy Gilmore. Dan Patrick plays the principal of the local elementary school. Melissa Villaseñor plays Karen, a cat owner in Hubie's neighborhood. WHDH morning anchor Alaina Pinto plays Salem's resident news anchor. Betsy Sodaro plays Bunny, Aurora’s wife with a masculine voice. Peyton List, Kelli Berglund, Kevin Quinn, Bradley Steven Perry, Lilimar and Amber Frank play teenagers Peggy, Billie Eilish Girl, Pennywise Guy, Cormac, Coco, and a Female Zombie Band Singer.
Sandler's wife Jackie plays Tracy Phillips, a local news reporter, while their children Sadie and Sunny play Violet's foster daughters, Danielle and Cooky. Jared, Sandler's nephew, plays a Male Zombie Band Singer. Screenwriter Tim Herlihy plays a Wild Bear, while his son Martin plays a Teenage Zombie. Director Steven Brill's children Nathan and Ethan play two Food Fight Kids. Producer Allen Covert plays a Zombie Movie Dad, while his kids Hannah, Abigail, Rebecca, and Hank play Danielle and Cooky's friends and two Food Fight Kids. Kevin James's children appear sporadically throughout the film: Kannon plays "Exorcist Costume Kid", while Sienna, Shea and Sistine play more of Danielle and Cooky's friends. Ben Stiller and Ray Liotta's daughters Ella Olivia and Karsen play teenagers Lexie and Barb.
In July 2019, the film was announced as Adam Sandler's next film as part of his Netflix deal, with Happy Madison regulars Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, Blake Clark and Shaquille O'Neal as part of the cast. Ray Liotta, Michael Chiklis, Kenan Thompson, Peyton List, China Anne McClain, Paris Berelc, June Squibb, Noah Schnapp, Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor, Kym Whitley, Lavell Crawford, Betsy Sodaro, and George Wallace were also attached, with Steven Brill directing from a screenplay by Sandler and Tim Herlihy. Cameron Boyce, who had starred alongside Sandler in the Grown Ups series, was set to star in the film, but died in July 2019 just days before shooting. Boyce's best friend and former Jessie co-star Karan Brar was then recast in his role. The film is dedicated in Boyce's memory.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 48% based on 58 reviews with an average rating of 5.08/10. The website's critics consensus reads "Viewers immune to its star's charms won't find it much of a treat, but Hubie Halloween is sweet enough to satisfy fans of Adam Sandler's antics." On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a "B–", praising the cameos and saying: "Are those details enough to make Hubie Halloween much better than all the other content Sandler has churned out for Netflix so far, or am I just drunk on the movie's pumpkin-spiced production design? It's hard to say, but this is the first time in a long time that it feels nice to watch the Sandman goof off with his friends for 90 minutes."
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