One can really feel the Christmas cheer of this movie. Too bad it’s incredibly flawed. The musical numbers are dumb, yet catchy. The humour is also stupid, but sometimes very funny.
The movie follows Davey Stone (Adam Sandler), the Ebenezer Scrooge of his town. He hasn’t liked the holidays ever since his parents died when he was a kid. He is a wayward citizen who is always getting into trouble. As a way of getting out of jail, he has to do community service under the watchful eye of referee Whitey Duvall (also voiced by Adam Sandler), who is often taken advantage of, and not really noticed. That doesn’t help his cause, as he is trying to win the local award for the most generous citizen. Whitey lives with his sister Eleanor (also voiced by Sandler), who Davey must bunk with after his trailer burned down.
The story is basically about a guy trying to become a better man. Rob Schneider is the narrator who chimes in with comments that are what most are thinking while watching. But his constant narration also is an ode to the movie’s poor storytelling. It also is quite annoying when he laughs at his own jokes.
The animation is good. The character designs feel reminiscent of “The Iron Giant.” Adam Sandler voices most of the primary characters, so if you can tolerate him, you might like this – it’s triple the Sandler dosage, even if the movie’s only 76 minutes. This is one of those movies where some viewers might say: “This is so stupid, but why am I enjoying so much?” I was one of those when I was younger, but not so much now.
It is funny in parts. But it always dumb; and the emotional aspects of the movie rarely ring true. It’s too bad, really, because the movie could have been much more successful, if only the filmmakers were not so obsessed with jokes involving almost all of the bodily functions.