Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone,
Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider
Seth Kearsley

Brooks Arthur, Allen Covert,
Brad Isaacs, Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler,
Jack Giarraputo, Allen Covert

Columbia Pictures

Rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual humor,
drinkingand brief drug references
Rated PG for drinking and some crude humour

Animated Comedy
Before Christmas Day Comes Eight Crazy Nights

Ah Holiday movies, everyone loves holiday movies, unless you are a Scrooge of course. In the grand old tradition Hollywood delivers a Christmas package for us this year. Move over Mr. Scrooge, we have a new Bah Humbug man out of Hollywood. That's right the new Scrooge is Adam Sandler as Davey Stone. This is an animated feature drawn in the traditional old hand method; no computer animation for Mr. Sandler's feature. This is Sandler's baby and he performs the voices for the three lead characters as well as overseeing production. As well as Davey (Yes the character is drawn to resemble Adam Sandler), Sandler voices the other two leads, Whitey and his sister Eleanore. Oops, I forgot he voices a deer as well. Putting aside some of the more risque jokes this is an excellent and entertaining film for adults and older children. I enjoyed it so much that I've already seen it twice and you will probably do the same.

"I hate you, I hate me. This time of year sucks."
Davey Stone is a sad and lonely man and he likes it that way. He lives in a trailer outside of the town of Dukesberry where he terrorizes the townfolk with his drunkeness and rudness. He is a man loved by no one even himself. Davey has a tortured past that left him as this embittered and resentful young man. Can he be saved during the eight crazy nights of Hanukkah?
"Doesn't it make your heart good when a herd of deer help a stranded motorist."
One man, an old, ready to retire basketball referee may be his only salvation. On the first night of Hanukkah 33 year old Davey is arrested and ends up in front a frustrated Judge who has had enough of his drunken antics. The judge, ready to send him to jail for a few years, is petitioned by Whitey Duvall to give Davey one last chance. Whitey wants to use him as an assistant referee for the children's basketball games. Davey was the best and still is, basketball player in town, and Whitey hopes to salvage this hostile young man by having him around his favourite sport. The judge agrees but if Stone does not change he will go to jail.
"One Davey Stone around here is enough."
True to form Davey stays rude and belligerent and resents Whitey's efforts. At the first game he is supposed to referee he stands around while the 70 year old Whitey does all the chasing around with his one club foot. He taunts and insults the children and even the spectators. After the game, Whitey takes Davey to his mecca, the mall, the one place where Whitey is truly happy. Whitey is not well to do and even though he can not afford much he enjoys window shopping. Something I personally hate, window shopping that is. Here Davey is introduced to a mother and her son who run a Dunkin' Donut shop. She is very kind to Whitey and becomes seriously upset when Davey treats Jennifer and her son, Benjamin, with disrespect and will not abide Davey being rude to her. Davey eventually realizes that Jennifer was his girlfriend as a young boy.
"Unfortunately this fairy tale did not have a happy ending,"
As a young lad Davey was an incredibly talented basketball player and Jennifer was on his team. They were both two happy children who really liked each other. Whitey remembers the fateful night he was the referee at the championship game that Davey won. It was the last time Davey would every be happy again. From that day on Davey changed for the worse. Whitey remembers it all and that is why he has taken an interest in helping the uncaring Stone. The writers have put together an eternal optimist and the town deliquent together to give us a wonderful story of redemption. This type of story is perfect for Christmas season, of course and it suceeded admirable in it's intent.
"Alright brother let's go win this thing."
Whitey is like Clarence from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE of course, except that he is not an angel. The hairy, little club footed old man is a sweetheart of a guy who only wants to help Davey believe in himself once again. He has spent his entire life endulging his one passion, being a referee in children's sports and loves it even though the pay is pathetic. Whitey will lend anyone a helping hand and likes everyone. When times are tough and money is tight he will get up every morning and do all sorts fo odd jods for whatever pay he can get. Unfortunately for him most of the town folk see him desire is to win the coveted Dukesberry All Star Patch that is is bestowed at this time of year to the person whom the towns residents feel is the man of the year. Whitey hopes that this year he will win as he feels this is his last chance since he will be retiring from his referee duties.
"Time to cry Davey."
In Davey, Whitey has a tough nut to crack. Davey Stone is a prime example of a worthless human being at least in his own eyes. Whitey thinks he can change and it isn't until a practice basketball that we see some results. Three rather rude men challenge Whitey, Davey and little Benjamin to a game of basketball. This is when we see just how good Davey really is, not only in basketball but as teacher. After Whitey is knocked out Davey and Ben take on their opponents. Instead of ignoring the young boy he helps him play and with Davey's instructions, Ben proves to be a great little player. Davey becomes friends with Ben and starts to change.

"Without my wig I look like an owl."
After Davey's trailer home is burned to the ground by a disgruntled player, Whitey takes him into his home. Whitey lives with is sister, Eleonore, a bald chubby little cherub, who is scared of Davey at first eventually excepts him into her home. Whitey and Eleonore supply the majority of the humour in this nicely animated feature. The dialogue nvolving these two loveable characters makes the movie. Humour is not the only good quality of this film. Two of the best scenes happen in the mall at night when it is closed. Both Davey and Whitey have revelations in the mall alone in two striking and heart wretching scenes. I don't feel I should tell you about these two scenes because they involve crucial story elements that are best seen without me spoiling them. These scenes are the heart of the film.

"Please let there be a miracle."
This is not just a film filled with humour. EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS is filled with human compassion, loss, redemption and most of all love. Except from one joke that was thrown in to please the teenage audience the rest of the film is excellent for the entire family. EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS will be a film worth seeing every year at Christmas time in between viewings of WHITE CHRISTMAS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and A CHRISTMAS STORY. Whether you see this one in the theatre or on video you will enjoy it but it just seems to be funnier movie when you watch it with others. Well if you're finished here I do believe it's time to get out and catch a Christmas film. No go away, I have to start cutting up the Christmas cake. Happy holiday film viewing. Oh, I forgot to tell you that if you want to hear the newest version of Sandler's Hanukkah Song you have to sit through the credits. Staying is worthwhile, as the song is funny.

"Happy Hanukkah, Stone."
"Merry Christmas, Whitey"