Pass on Netflix’s ‘The Week of’

John Chavez

Netflix has recently debut their newest title, Robert Smigel’s “The Week of,” and though it may seem as a good way to pass the time, Netflix users may be better off scrolling to the next title if they really want to enjoy themselves.

The movie is a comedy directed by Smigel and stars Adam Sandler and Chris Rock and a few other stars such as Rachel Dratch and Steve Beuscemi.

The story sees two families, which are headed by Rock and Sandler’s characters, that must come together to plan and have a wedding for their respective son and daughter.

While one family is rich and the other poor, Sandler’s character bumbles his way to find the budget wedding for his daughter.

He does this all while declining financial help from Rock’s character, resulting in comedic situations.

While the title description calls it a comedy, there is not much to laugh at unfortunately in this latest movie starring Sandler.

It seems genuinely good comedies are very hard to find these days, and this movie does not help to change that in the slightest.

Jokes from this movie seemingly fall flat, as delivery is awfully awkward and leaves audiences shaking their heads instead of laughing.

This is shown in one of the main gags in the film involves the clumsy carrying around and awkward caring for a double amputee, which goes on for way to long and comes off in very poor taste.

Sandler and his supporting cast don’t seem to have very good chemistry together, with wooden dialog and sad attempts at humor.

Rock and Sandler particularly have almost no funny interactions at all, while Rock’s character is never given a chance to be humorous, even in the scenes where he is by himself.

While Sandler does get some minor chuckles out of the audience, it is certainly not enough to justify being called a comedy unfortunately.

Plot wise, the story is separated by days, seven in total, hence the name of the movie with the wedding day being the final day. As each day goes by, the plot stays stagnant, with each passing day barley only inching the plot forward.

Each “day” only brings more attempts at humor, with no real build up to the wedding and almost no apparent direction to speak of.

When the wedding does finally take place, it is simply played out as any other day and not really given much attention to.

Acting in this movie was also disappointing. While Sandler and Rock gave decent performances, the supporting cast’s acting came off as sub par.

This was particularly evident with the bride’s friends, who were very wooden and unemotional in their line delivery.

Unfortunately this movie was difficult to sit through, with bad acting, poor attempts at humor, and little to no plot to speak of.