Stupefying. So this is a road-trip Western about an outlaw (Adam Sandler) that discovers he has five half-brothers. He teams up with them to track down their long-lost deadbeat father (Nick Nolte). It’s no secret: I do not have a great relationship with this man’s films. There’s a total of one that I positively adore, but short of that, he can stop making movies all together as far as I’m concerned. What’s unique to this is that after the underperformance of Pixels, Sandler was forced to go in a different direction. Straight-to-video isn’t always a bad option, and Netflix is as popular as ever. Westerns have a hard enough time making money as is, so from a business standpoint, it actually does make sense for this to skip the theater step. According to sources, The Ridiculous 6 is the most watched movie of all time on the popular streaming service. Let that sink in. Of. All. Time. He now has a 4-picture deal for direct-to-Netflix movies, which is great for critics that exclusively watch films in theaters, but bad for people like me who will watch anything that I can get my hands on.
May God have mercy on my soul.
Oddly enough, this starts off very similar to the classic Hombre. You have this half-breed who is coming back to civilization, which makes the comparison very easy to see. While Hombre has tact and taste, The Ridiculous 6 is gleefully racist. I know there were reports of a number of Native Americans being highly upset with the production of this, and I can’t say that I blame them; it’s very offensive, and not in any sort of way that is the least bit creative. This movie is the equivalent to watching all deleted scenes on the worst comedy imaginable. Nothing is cut out, and every scene is extended as long as you could possibly imagine. For example, there is an awkwardly placed scene where everybody learns how to play baseball with John Turturro. It goes on for about ten minutes, and the sole purpose is just to make as many baseball puns as possible. It has no correlation to the plot, and has nothing to do with Westerns; it’s just crammed in here because Sandler has been sitting on this idea for a while and finally found a movie where he has enough free rein to do whatever he wants.
It’s the most awkwardly placed scene I’ve seen all year.
This has no business being two hours long, and it has been a while since I’ve hated a movie this much. It’s not even like there are any punchlines here, it just puts together scenes that don’t complement each other and just tries lamely to shock you. For example, there’s not just one scene involving explosive donkey diarrhea, but they actually work it in as being a major plot point so they can have the gross joke MULTIPLE times. It’s so bad that it’s hard to watch, and I facepalmed a number of different times throughout. Everybody associated with this should be ashamed of themselves, and if there is one movie you should go out of your way to avoid, this is the one.
The Ridiculous 6 (2015) 1/2
– Critic for Hire