Way back in 2014, actor and director Adam Sandler announced he had signed a four-film deal with streaming service Netflix.
“When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them,” Sandler said, “I immediately said ‘yes’ for one reason and one reason only… Netflix rhymes with ‘wet chicks’. Let the streaming begin!”
That was just about the most Adam Sandler anything I’ve ever read.
While Sandler’s films haven’t been the critics’ darling (let’s face it: fart jokes haven’t been en vogue, curiously, since I was 14), some members of the online community think Sandler and Netflix are a match made in manboy heaven.
“Adam Sandler’s Netflix deal was a great idea,” says the top post on the frontpage of Reddit today. “He doesn’t have to worry about box office disappointment, and his films can break all of Netflix’s records. His fans will watch regardless of the bad reviews, and Netflix makes it easier to hate-watch. Either way it is more press.”
The post then continues:
“Ridiculous 6 is the most watched movie in Netflix history and The Do-Over will probably do really well.
I think the deal was smart because the negative reviews actually get it more press. People will be curious and will watch. Also, if you are a Sandler fan or completest you don’t care about the bad reviews. You are happy his movies are on Netflix. It is a win-win situation.”
The OP makes an excellent case. With the growing popularity of television 2.0, how many more Hollywood staples will jump ship and join the future of media?
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