Adam Sandler is known for his juvenile, often raunchy comedies that are crowded with bathroom humour. Even his recent Netflix hits—Murder Mystery, Murder Mystery 2, and Hubie Halloween—are less than impressive. But Sandler has also ventured into more credible and dramatic roles over the years.
While Sandler’s most popular works include comedies like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, he’s gained critical acclaim for his performances in Uncut Gems and Punch-Drunk Love. These roles have been able to elevate Sandler’s status from a goof to an actor who has more prestige range. Even his frequent collaborators—Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Aniston—are reflective of his eclectic brand.
So, if you have wondered what are Sandler’s favourite films, we have found the answer to that. In the book You Gotta See This by Cindy Pearlman, Sandler reveals his deep affection for the iconic film The Wizard of Oz, unabashedly proclaiming it as his all-time favourite.
Sandler’s choice of The Wizard of Oz as his favourite movie may come as a surprise to some, but it really makes sense when you think of his puerile sense of humour present in all his films. He is ultimately catering to the inner children of those adults who never grew out of cackling at the most inane and immature gags.
However, Sandler’s revelation also speaks to the timeless and universal appeal of the cinematic masterpiece that is The Wizard of Oz. Sandler’s enthusiasm for the film is palpable when he says, “Oh God, it’s so easy. I love The Wizard of Oz. This is not exactly the kind of thing a man wants to admit, but my mother makes me watch it again and again. Okay, that’s not exactly true. I want to watch it, too. Maybe I even make my mother watch it with me. Now the secret is out.”
This revelation underscores the film’s ability to bridge generational. It’s a movie that continues to captivate audiences of all ages, making it an enduring favourite for families to enjoy together. At the heart of The Wizard of Oz is a timeless story of self-discovery and the journey to find one’s true self.
Sandler goes on to ask, “Don’t you think Dorothy is pretty cute and that Scarecrow had a heart from the beginning if you ask me?” And you can’t help but agree wholeheartedly.
If this made you want to watch an Adam Sandler flick, then there are plenty of options available on Netflix. You can even catch the film that marks the film debut of his daughters, Sunny and Sadie Sandler, You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah.