Hubie Halloween [2020] ★½

After his unforgettable performance in last year’s “Uncut Gems”, Adam Sandler goes back to his old, silly self in Netflix’s latest Halloween comedy “Hubie Halloween”. Sandler plays the good-hearted Hubie Dubois, a man devoted to his hometown of Salem. Hubie also happens to love Halloween so much, and this s obviously a setup for a night of silly/spooky gags. Unfortunately, and like most of Sandler’s comedy vehicles, the result is a forgettable film that rarely rises above the routine. Most of the gags fall flat (no surprises there), and the supporting cast (which includes Kevin James, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph and, of course, Rob Schneider) is wasted. Still, I have to admit that I enjoyed the Halloween atmosphere in Salem, and that’s probably the only reason why I decided to watch this movie in the first place. The rest, from the stupid jokes to a chaotic climax, is a dud. “Hubie Halloween” is dead on arrival.

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