|Directed by||Steven Brill|
|Edited by||Tom Costain|
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
Sandy Wexler is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Steven Brill and written by Dan Bulla, Paul Sado and Adam Sandler. The film stars Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Lamorne Morris and Arsenio Hall, and follows a talent manager in 1990s Hollywood. The film was released on Netflix on April 14, 2017.
In 1994, Sandy Wexler is a talent manager working in Los Angeles. He has a reputation for having an extremely eccentric personality and for often telling huge lies to sound more important than he really is, resulting in his clients never finding success except for his first, a man named Alfred. His current clientele include Ted Rafferty, a ventriloquist, Kevin Conners, a comedian, Amy Baskin, an actress, Gary Rogers, a daredevil, and Bobby Barnes, a wrestler.
While at Six Flags, Sandy sees a young woman, Courtney Clarke, performing in a stage show. Immediately entranced by both her voice and her beauty, he convinces her that he can make her a star. She records several singles that become hits, but his antics continue to cause her trouble. Eventually, her boyfriend, rapper Bling, convinces Sandy that his presence is a hindrance to Courtney's potential fame and he resigns as her manager.
While Sandy continues to struggle with both his feelings for Courtney and his clients, Courtney grows more and more famous, eventually winning a Grammy. Bobby soon sees success when Sandy helps him become champ, while Courtney, feeling unsatisfied with her fame, spirals into drinking and a string of failed relationships. She seeks comfort with Sandy, but their one night stand goes nowhere. She eventually tells him that she's quitting the business and leaving to get married.
Depressed by Courtney's decision, Sandy acts out worse than ever, which costs him all his clients except Ted. While back at Six Flags, he meets Alfred, finally revealed to be Weird Al Yankovic. Al convinces Sandy to stop telling people what he thinks they want to hear and, instead, tell them the truth. To this end, he has his landlord bring Courtney to Griffith Observatory, where he admits his feelings to her, which she reciprocates, and they're married in a ceremony officiated by one of Ted's puppets.
Sandy's newfound honesty also gets him back his clients as well as many new ones. After twenty years, Courtney and Sandy are married for real.
- Adam Sandler as Sandy Wexler
- Jennifer Hudson as Courtney Clarke
- Kevin James as Ted Rafferty
- Terry Crews as "Bedtime" Bobby Barnes
- Shad Gaspard as "Bedtime" Bobby Barnes (in-ring)
- Rob Schneider as Firuz
- Colin Quinn as Kevin Connors
- Nick Swardson as Gary Rodgers
- Lamorne Morris as Bling
- Arsenio Hall as himself
- Aaron Neville as Willy Clarke
- Jane Seymour as Cindy Marvelle
- Sandy Wernick as Peter Marvelle
- Wayne Federman as Eric Lamonsoff
- Jackie Sandler as Amy Baskin
- Luis Guzmán as Oscar
- Rob Reiner as Marty Markowitz
- Chris Elliott as Mr. Buttons
- Ido Mosseri as Yuri
- Milo Ventimiglia as Barry Bubatzi
- Eugenio Derbez as Ramiro Alejandro
- Jessica Lowe as Ms. Gideon
- Allen Covert as Gurvy
- Jonathan Loughran as Trucker Jon
- Kate Micucci as Nurse Trisha
- Jared Sandler as Jared
Cameo roles include Clay Aiken, Jewel, Darius Rucker, Jason Priestley, Gary Dell'Abate, Arsenio Hall, Quincy Jones, Judd Apatow, Janeane Garofalo, Pauly Shore, Kevin Nealon, Lorne Michaels, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, David Spade, George Wendt, Penn Jillette, Henry Winkler, Tony Orlando, Al B. Sure!, Brian McKnight, Vanilla Ice, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Louie Anderson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Mason "Ma$e" Betha, Jay Leno, Lisa Loeb, Jon Lovitz, Budd Friedman and his wife Alix Friedman.
On July 20, 2016, Jennifer Hudson joined the cast of the film, and on July 26, 2016, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Lamorne Morris and Arsenio Hall joined as well. Principal photography began on August 2, 2016.
The Wexler character is a satirical homage to Sandler's real-life manager Sandy Wernick.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Sandy Wexler has an approval rating of 27% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 4.11/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Sandy Wexler marks a mild improvement from the Adam Sandler vehicles immediately preceding it – which in no way serves as an endorsement for non-hardcore fans." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score 40 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Peter Debruge of Variety called the film "sloppy" and is critical of the 131 minute runtime. Although he appreciates the concept of the film as a comedy roast, Debruge complains that the film is not funny enough. In his review of Sandy Wexler, film critic Brian Tallerico wrote that the film "sucks" and that "Brill and Sandler never wrote a joke that they didn’t think was worth repeating until you were sick of it."
Some critics have discussed the Jewish angle of the film, which portrays a relationship between a Jewish manager and a black performer.
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