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Star in Focus: Adam Sandler

January 29, 2011

Since his days in the long-running “Saturday Night Live,” Adam Sandler has been cracking up audiences with his goofball comedy shtick. He was able to establish his own brand of comedy, and made fans worldwide thirsty for more.

His latest, “Just Go With It” – in which he plays a plastic surgeon who enlists his loyal assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie – opens across the Philippines on Feb. 16.

And since “Just Go With It” is a romantic comedy and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it would be an appropriate time to take a look back at some of the comic actor’s best-loved rom coms.

Let’s review some of his most loved rom coms through the years :

Barrymore and Sandler in 50 First Dates

1. 50 First Dates. Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler’s amazing chemistry ignites this one of a kind movie. Barrymore’s character, Lucy is a feisty young girl who got a flaw : serious short term memory loss. This caused Henry (Sandler) to make a desperate attempt to make Lucy’s character fall in love with him again and again and again.

2. The Wedding Singer. Another Barrymore-Sandler hit. Robbie Hart is a lowly wedding singer who started to hate weddings… and love when his own fiance dropped him on his wedding day. Barrymore’s character comes along and tried to change his perspective forever? Did she succeed? Well if you haven’t watched this movie then its about time that you leave whatever planet you’re in pop the dvd and watch it. :)

3. Punch-Drunk Love. A very different Adam Sandler is seen in this odd romantic comedy where an anti-social guy ignites a cute romance with a similarly socially challenged woman. A very mature performance was the result while deviating completely from the very stale paradigm for romantic comedies of the 2000s.

4. Click. Sandler portrays a family man whose busy career as an architect doesn’t leave much time for his wife, (Kate Beckinsale), and two kids. Unable to figure out which of his many remotes turns on the television, he goes shopping for a universal remote and finds the perfect device with magical powers. The message of this film is that spending time with your family is far more important than your job. A funny movie that leads to some truly touching scenes in the final 30 minutes. You will be hard-pressed not to have tears in your eyes near the end.

5. Spanglish. When filmmaker James L. Brooks (“As Good as It Gets”) first met Sandler back in his “SNL” days, he says he

Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love

was struck by the actor’s kindness and empathetic streak. And so Brooks gave Sandler another chance to flex his acting muscle in this dramedy, in which Sandler plays a successful chef trying to keep his family together while being enamored by his beautiful Mexican housekeeper (Paz Vega). A deeply heartwarming film that says you don’t need to always act on your romantic feelings in order to express love.

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