“Hubie Halloween” is another hard-to-watch Adam Sandler film


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Main character Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) gives a presentation to kids at Salem Elementary about Halloween Safety. His usual concerns for Halloween night consist of kids getting scared or taking too much candy, but just a few hours after this presentation, Dubois would encounter a real catastrophe.

The new Netflix Original movie “Hubie Halloween” was released Oct. 7 and quickly became No. 1 in the U.S. on Netflix. It was highly anticipated because of the well-known cast, and audiences had high expectations for the film. 

This movie takes place in Salem, Ma., an iconic Halloween movie setting. The main character Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) is not the most popular person in town. He lives with his mom (June Squibb) and gets picked on by almost everyone in the neighborhood, including little kids and adults. He believes his purpose is to protect the citizens of Salem on Halloween, but no one takes him seriously. This year, Hubie finds himself in the midst of a real emergency, and he must find out how to solve the mystery and get the citizens of Salem on his side. 

This movie was in the horror comedy genre, and while the jokes made the movie more entertaining, most of them were cheesy. One could argue that it’s not a Sandler movie without cheesy jokes and weird voices, which I can usually endure, but this one was hard to watch. I won’t be a pessimist, the movie did get a few laughs out of me, but overall I was staring at my phone with a gross look on my face. 

It was almost like the movie was supposed to be tacky. Sandler said in interviews that the film was supposed to be cheesy and mimic Halloween movies, but without knowing his intention behind it, the movie is just bad. 

I was excited to see this movie because of the recognizable cast. Almost everyone that came onto the screen, I recognized. This movie combined the cast of “Grown Ups,” Disney’s “Jessie,” and SNL. The cast also featured other well-known actors like Noah Schnapp, Kevin James and even Shaquille O’Neal. The only reason I even knew about the film was through the lovable cast, and that’s really the only reason I kept watching. Without the film being filled with people I knew, I honestly would have turned it off after 20 minutes. 

While this movie was not the greatest, it was entertaining to continue watching, since every time there was a new scene, another actor I recognized showed up. I have a feeling it will turn into one of the not-so-good classics you have to watch every year when October rolls around. People who grew up on Adam Sandler and enjoy his style of comedy will enjoy this movie, but it may be harder to sit through if you are closer to my age.