Hubie Halloween review by Bobby Blakey
Fresh off his great performance in Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler is returning to familiar ground for his latest Netflix comedy Hubie Halloween. The films features the usual faces and a few new ones to the Sandler-verse including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, June Squibb and so many more. Could this be a return to the silly laughs fans love or will it be a Halloween not worth saving?
Hubie Halloween follows good-natured but eccentric community volunteer Hubie Dubois who finds himself at the center of a real murder case on Halloween night. Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (and its legendary Halloween celebration), Hubie is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike.
I love all things Sandler and even though there have been some that have not quite delivered I always find something to enjoy. This latest film is silly, dumb and goofy in all the best ways possible. This is one of the most entertaining comedies that Sandler has put out in a while. It is a mix of Water Boy and Little Nicky that just brings the laughs, fun and goofiness that is expected. The story is pretty simple and doesn’t offer anything deep, but isn’t trying to. Instead it just wants to entertain and be a good time and it does that to perfection.
I have always loves that Sandler keeps the usual cast of funny people in his films and seems to always add a few more with each project. This one is no different with some popping in and out in cameos and others part of the bigger narrative. There is even one small role by a big star that harkens back to Happy Gilmore with him reprising the same role. Everyone here looks like they are having a ton of fun and it helps the film work. One of my all-time favorites is June Squibb who takes on the role of Sandler’s mom with an ongoing t-shirt gag that shouldn’t be as funny as it is but brings the laughs nonetheless.
There are a few ongoing gags here with the biggest being Hubie’s homemade Thermos that is all kinds of awesome. It is essentially Batman’s utility belt out of the 60s TV series in Thermos form. It cracked me up every time it did something new. The simple moments brought some of the best laughs including Buscemi in a fun role that is one of the best. In the end it is about the laughs more than the story, but the silly kind of film that entertains the whole family just as it intends to.
Take on the case with Hubie with Hubie Halloween streaming exclusively now on Netflix.