This western-comedy tells the story of White Knife, a cowboy with an identity crisis played by Adam Sandler, who sets out on a mission to save his estranged father after being kidnapped by a gang of greedy bandits. As White Knife begins his journey to track down his missing father, he is met by many obstacles and opponents. Along the way he is reunited with five of his half-brothers, who quickly agree to help him in the search for their father.
As they attempt to locate and protect this man who has been removed from their lives for as long as they can remember, the six brothers are brought closer together and they begin to form an unbreakable bond.
White Knife, also known as Tommy, has a particular set of skills that he brings to the table. He is stealthy and is able to outsmart opponents with his Kung-Fu-like quickness. He obtained great wisdom after becoming orphaned at a young age and raised by the Apache Indian chief Screaming Eagle afterhis mother’s murder.
“The Ridiculous Six” is a Netflix original movie released this past Friday, and it aims to poke fun at western films, particularly the 1960 classic “The Magnificent Seven.”
This film has a couple of interesting plot twists that were unexpected, and the ending is likely not what the audience had anticipated. Like any western film, moviegoers must wait with anticipation until the end to see if the guy will get the girl, and whether or not good will trump evil.
And wait you shall, as this film seemed somewhat long and tedious to finish with nearly two hours of playing time. The cheap laughs and crude humor are typical of other Happy Madison productions, and if you have ever seen an Adam Sandler film in the past, “The Ridiculous Six” measures up well to his past work such as “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.”
Not only is Sandler the star of the film, he is also co-writer as well as co-producer. There are many noteworthy actors in the cast including Taylor Lautner as the “special” redneck brother, Rob Schneider as Ramon, the donkey-loving hispanic brother and Steve Zahn, the cock-eyed cowboy out to stop the Stockburn Brothers from finding their father.
Vanilla Ice even makes an appearance as a rapping Mark Twain, showcasing his lyrical genius to fellow upper-class cowboy comrades. The number of hilarious actors in this film alone make it worth watching, and you are sure to be laughing throughout the majority of the movie. It could have been cut a little shorter however, as my mind began to drift midway through the film.
The film, although clearly a parody, did receive some bad publicity after upsetting some members of the Navajo Nation Indian Tribe.
Over 100 Native American tribe members were recruited to join the cast as extras, and several of them had reportedly walked off set after being offended by the film’s portrayal of women and Native Americans.
This film is obviously meant to illicit laughter and is a good example of yet another Happy Madison Productions success. The film is good, but not great, yet it will certainly offer some cheap laughs and offensive jokes.
The writers rile everyone across the board however, as they poke fun at white people for their inability to dance, African Americans for working as entertainers for the white and wealthy, and women for being kept around solely as sex objects for men.
The jokes in this film are stupid-funny, rather than being witty and clever, but this is familiar territory when dealing with Adam Sandler. The bad stunts and weak acting only embrace the silliness that Sandler was going for, and this fun comedy is sure to make you laugh.