The Do-over is a buddy comic adventure that fits David Spade and Adam Sandler – Charlie is the snarky yet cowardly loser mentored by Max the weirdo goofball. Sandler’s films are always about a middle-aged white guy thrown into some man-child fantasy but here, there’s actually an adult premise.
Instead of trying to build on this to produce mindless yet decent enough distraction for the day, Happy Madison Productions doesn’t intend to raise the zero expectations of audiences, even by one percent.
A movie that is supposedly about regrets and a do-over, turns into a convoluted pharmaceutical thriller and self-indulgent action hero vehicle for Adam Sandler. The audience is treated to contrived twists and turns with the same old juvenile stuff from his toolbox. When the characters finally take control of their lives, it becomes bros before hos adventure where women are screwed or screwed over.
You see, it’s not Charlie’s fault that he’s a sad spineless sack of flesh, it’s the women who are ruining his life. Max’s life is ruined too by a conniving hot bitch. Here, the women are either clingy bitches or duplicitous cunts. As a matter of fact, the climax of this movie is a fistfight with Spade yelling, “I’m so tired of women lying to me and fucking me over!”
In the end, The Do-Over is no different than Sandler’s previous efforts – a movie that serves as nothing more than an easy paycheck and paid vacation for him and his friends.
The Do-Over is a convoluted pharmaceutical thriller filled with the same old Sandler tricks topped with manpain bitterness.