By now, moviegoers can be safely divided into two camps: those that enjoy Adam Sandler's absurdist style of comedy - and those that believe his films are lazy and unfunny. Case in point, this year's Pixels failed to connect with audiences, but Sandler's Hotel Transylvania 2 looks like it will easily top its animated 2012 predecessor at the box office.
So Sandler's first Netflix-exclusive film, The Ridiculous 6, likely won't significantly sway viewers to either side. The long-in-development film finally makes its way to the streaming service this December, with a star-studded cast coming along for the Western spoof.
Now Netflix has released a new trailer for The Ridiculous 6 (see above), which reveals that Sandler's Tommy "White Knife" Stockburn must team with his five brothers to rescue their long-lost father. Terry Crews (The Expendables), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Taylor Lautner (Twilight), Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) and Luke Wilson (Idiocracy) round out the main cast, with everyone from Harvey Keitel to Danny Trejo making appearances throughout.
We've also received our first look at the film's poster:
Longtime Sandler fans won't be surprised to see that many of the comedian's longtime collaborators have roles in The Ridiculous 6. After all, the film is directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Click) and based on a script co-written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, whose work with Sandler dates all the way back to 1995 comedy Billy Madison. Much like Sandler's hardcore fanbase has stuck with him over the years, it seems that his creative partners have followed suit - lending further credibility to the belief that The Ridiculous 6 will feature much the same kind of humor as recent Sandler projects.
While the film may not look like a laugh riot to all viewers, Netflix must see enough success with Sandler films it has streamed in the past to make a long-term investment in his projects. Even though Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West proved that Western parodies are a tough sell, the fact that The Ridiculous 6 is arriving just weeks before the similarly themed Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight is certainly smart marketing that just might pay off for both Sandler and Netflix alike. Only time will tell.
The Ridiculous 6 premieres on Netflix on December 11th, 2015.