When it comes to Adam Sandler comedies, you can virtually guarantee the film is pretty much driven by the same formula. Hubie Halloween is proof of that. The Netflix holiday special is just that to be honest, with several over the top performances by the comedian and his cast of talents along with a fair amount of cameos or special appearances.
Sandler takes the same approach with Hubie Halloween, with him portraying an amalgamation of characters. If you’re familiar with Sandler’s body of work it’s often a toss-up between an underachiever with a speech impediment or a wise cracker with anger issues.
In this festive comedy, we get the former with Sandler portraying a version of a lovable loser in the town of Salem, Mass. However, when Halloween turns truly spooky, this good-hearted scaredy-cat sets out to keep his town safe. With missing persons on the rise, it is up to Hubie to get to the bottom of this Halloween mystery in order to save the day.
The premise of the show seems light-hearted enough to warrant a viewing, especially with its ‘Scooby-Dooish’ setting. But what transpires on screen is truly surprising. Sandler and his cast seem quite content in dialing in their performances. The film is not funny, memorable nor exciting.
Sandler for his part just seems to screams his lines or over act at any given opportunity. The rest of the cast, made up of the usual collaborators such as Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Maya Rudolph and Tim Meadows, to name a few, are also there to apparently just deliver their lines for an easy pay day.
The end result is just an unfunny, silly and uninspiring waste of time. In fact, it’s a lazily-produced film that probably just works best as background noise if you’re in the midst of checking emails or buying something online.
If I could surmise, Hubie Halloween is just another film Netflix has delivered to prop up its content and that’s about it. It’s really there to just make up the numbers. If you’re looking for a few laughs and for a bit of mindless fun and entertainment, it’s probably a better idea to spend your time looking elsewhere.