The Do-Over (2016) (A Netflix Original Film)

So I watched this in a spur-of-the moment, tired of doing my college classwork moment. I am not sure what I went in expecting this film to be like.


What’s it About?

When Max (Adam Sandler) and Charlie (David Spade) fake their own deaths and assume the identity of two men, they soon find themselves living the lives of two sought out men, one of whom is on the FBI’s most wanted list. Thinking they landed in the spot of a luxurious life with a new home, new name, new car, and new mansion, they find themselves in a race against the clock to save their lives and find what the two men were hiding.

Who is in it?

Adam Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, and Kathryn Hahn, with an excellent supporting cast including Sean Astin, Nick Swardson, Matt Walsh, and Renee Taylor.

Should You Watch It?

Okay, this film is surprisingly serious. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely comedic, but the root of the film is an extremely controversial topic.

Sandler and Spade make a pretty good comedic team. Max’s character is definitely hiding something and his go along, slightly psychotic character is a lot of fun to watch, and is even disturbing at times. Charlie’s character has a pretty pitiful life and it is quite sad to watch. He is definitely more uptight and reserved when compared to Max and it makes it even more interesting to watch.

It is hilarious to see the same guy get hit with a car three times. He really couldn’t catch a break.

The ending was actually very good. The film starts off focusing on just the comedic aspect, then this meshes in the middle with action, and the film ends with resolution, comedy, and had a scene that really brought it all together.

Okay, here is the spoiler DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW. We discover that the men Max and Charlie were portraying actually found a cure for cancer. A pharma company that would lose trillions if a cure was found makes an offer to the doctor that Spade’s character is pretending to be if he were to bury the cure. The doctor refuses and this gets him killed. This is all I will say in case anyone read this part anyways so it doesn’t give away too much.

Overall Thoughts:

I would give it a 7/10. The camera work, cuts, editing, music, fight-scenes, locations, and technicalities were all very well executed. There was an actual story with a problem that many people discuss today. There were times where I felt like a scene went on for too long or was unnecessary and took away from the quality of the story , or that the script was pushing too hard to try and be funny instead of letting it be naturally comedic and let it flow a little better since at times it was too scripted. Be aware that there is nudity in this and crude language if that bothers you.



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