Not one to stray far away from his professional comfort zone, Sandler loves to work with his closest friends, a safe-bet approach that even applies to his director choices. His favorite shotcaller to duet with: Dennis Dugan, with whom Sandler first joined forced for the 1996 gem Happy Gilmore. Three years later, they re-teamed for the also memorable Big Daddy, leaving outsiders to believe that the Sandler/Dugan duo had a special kind of chemistry.
But then came the 2006 debacle The Benchwarmers, a Sandler-backed sports comedy starring the unbearable trio of Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder, under Dugan’s control. That’s when someone in Sandler’s camp should’ve erased Dugan’s contact info from the boss-man’s Rolodex.
Yet that never happened. Sadly, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008), Grown Ups (2010), Just Go with It (2011), and Jack and Jill (2011) all did happen. With the unnecessary crime-against-humanity-in-the-making Grown Ups 2 currently being shot by Dugan, Sandler really needs to wake up and smell the Rotten Tomatoes: Dugan is a hack, and he’s dragging the Sandman down into the shitty abyss with him.