What's happened to Adam Sandler? Once Hollywood's most famous loveable doofus, starring in instant classics like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, his decline to box office flop has been noticeable.
His movies have always been formulaic, predictable and cheesy. That may have been OK for some time in the '90s but things have moved on and for some reason, it appears that Adam Sandler just hasn't. Fans should not despair though, because some original Adam Sandler-based content still exists. Behold, the People who sort of look like Adam Sandler but aren't Adam Sandler Facebook page!
Because it turns out, it's not just Adam Sandler's movies that are formulaic, but his face, too. The page celebrates the many, many doppelgangers of the Waterboy himself, and with over 200k followers is probably more popular than his latest release.
Scroll down to check out our favorites below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Adam Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1966, to Judith "Judy" (née Levine), a nursery school teacher, and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer. His family is Jewish and descends from Russian Jewish immigrants on both sides.
His patrilineal great-grandfather, Joseph Jacob Sandler, was born in Pagėgiai Municipality, Tauragė County, Lithuania. Adam grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, after moving there at the age of six. He attended Manchester Central High School. As a teen, Sandler was in BBYO, a Jewish youth group. Sandler graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988.
After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.
His film roles include Billy Madison (1995), the sports comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998), the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), Grown Ups (2010), Grown Ups 2 (2013) and voicing Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania franchise (2012-2018).
Some of his films, such as the widely panned Jack and Jill, have been heavily criticized, culminating in a shared second place in the number of Raspberry Awards (3) and Raspberry Award nominations (11), in both cases second only to Sylvester Stallone.
He has ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), Reign Over Me (2007), Funny People (2009), and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017), all of which earned him critical praise.
Sandler formed his film production company, Happy Madison Productions, in 1999, first producing fellow SNL alumnus Rob Schneider's film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. The company has produced most of Sandler's subsequent films to date. The majority of the company's films have received negative reviews from critics, with three considered to be among the worst ever made, yet most have performed well at box office.
Others who frequently appear in Sandler films include David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, John Turturro, Peter Dante, Allen Covert, Jonathan Loughran, and Jon Lovitz.
In 2014, Netflix announced a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions.