Review by Dan Skip Allen
It's needless to be said that Adam Sandler can be quite divisive amongst film aficionados. Some like his weird awkward style and others like myself dislike his films. That being said, Hubie Halloween isn't as bad as some of his previous films, but it's far from his best acting performance. But no matter what people think he continues to go back to the well with his quirky odd characters again and again.
Hubie (Adam Sandler) is a weird adult who lives with his mother, ring any bells, who has a penchant for protecting the citizens of Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. Some interesting events in Salem are occurring. A hardened criminal escapes the local prison, a strange man moves in next door to Hubie, and people have started disappearing in Salem. But these events don't stop the locals from scaring the living daylight out of Hubie. It's their right of passage on this night every year.
Steven Brill, a frequent collaborator of Adam Sandler, is the director of Hubie Halloween. He and Sandler seem to have a pretty good working relationship. Brill gets the weird sense of humor Sandler is going for. A lot of these films are interchangeable. Other than directing these Sandler films, Brill is a rather obscure director. I guess this is the only way he can get any work in Hollywood.
Sandler also likes to work with a bunch of his old SNL castmates as well. Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, and Rob Sniffer all make appearances in Hubie Halloween. They are not the only ones who have roles to play in this Halloween extravaganza, though. Kevin James, Ray Leota, Steve Buscemi, Julie Bowen, and June Squibb all play prominent roles as well. Sandler likes to get a lot of Hollywood stars to join him when he's having fun with these films. There is no sense doing this all on his own. This is a common thing stars do when they reach the heights that Sandler has in his career.
As a Halloween movie, Hubie Halloween isn't the best, but not the worst. The same goes for it as a Sandler comedy. It seemed like Sandler and company were just having a lot of fun. They all melded together as an ensemble quite adequately in Hubie Halloween. This film has a good heart to it. It shares its love of the great holiday with all of the viewers on Netflix. If you're a Sandler fan, Halloween lover, or just a fan of fun family films then Hubie Halloween is for you. It's a fine, innocent take on many Halloween tropes people have seen before.
Hubie Halloween is now streaming on Netflix.