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Movie Review: “The Ridiculous 6”

There are many movies that are worth seeing, but there are a lot of stinkers as well. My goal here is to weed out the good from the bad.

Netflix Release: 12/11/2015

Netflix Release: 12/11/2015

Synopsis

Tommy (Adam Sandler) was raised by a tribe of Native Americans, but was born elsewhere. He never knew his father, and his mother gave him to the tribe before she died. Since then, the tribe has raised him as one of their own, teaching him their ways. He can do things that most settlers cannot explain, but these things are considered normal to those that know him. Tommy is proud to be a part of the tribe, and he has become a hero that defends them, but he has always been curious about who is father is and if he is still alive.

One day, a lone white man, named Frank Stockburn (Nick Nolte), seeks out the tribe and claims to be Tommy's father. Unfortunately, bad men are after him, as he has hidden away a bag of cash. The men are after Frank's money, and they end up capturing Frank, hoping to force him to give up where he hid the loot. Tommy has finally met his father, but he is now in great danger, and he needs Tommy's help. However, as Tommy begins his journey of finding the group that kidnapped his father, he discovers that Frank also fathered several other children. They each come from different mothers, but they share a father, one who has been captured and faces imminent death if they do nothing. Individually, they are outcasts and misfits, but together they make The Ridiculous 6.

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The Pros & Cons

All movies start with an average score of 75pts, points are then added or subtracted based on each Pro and Con. Each Pro or Con is designated points, ranging from 0-10, to convey how significant these Pros or Cons are.

The ProsThe Cons

Silly Comedy (+5pts)

The Zohan Comedy (-4pts)

Lil Pete (+5pts)

Native American Comedy (-4pts)

The Brothers (+4pts)

Frank (-4pts)

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Pro: Silly Comedy (+5pts)

One of my favorite parts of this movie was that it never took itself seriously. The filmmakers clearly knew what this movie was—a dumb comedy—and the movie’s silliest moments worked really well for me. I do not want to spoil anything by listing specific examples, but there were plenty of silly and dumb moments. Whether it was the brothers’ respective backstories, the baseball scene, any of the entertaining characters, or any of the various surprising and over-the-top moments, this movie always kept the tone light, and it kept me laughing.

Most of the characters were complete morons, and there were enough silly, laugh-out-loud moments to keep me watching. Will this silly, dumb style of comedy work for everyone? Definitely not. It is a very particular style of comedy, but it definitely worked for me.

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Con: The Zohan Comedy (+4pts)

While the silly style of comedy worked for me, there was one area where this was not the case. If you have seen You Don‘t Mess with the Zohan, you will remember that Adam Sandler’s character was basically a superhero that some characters looked at as a legend. The filmmakers carried that idea over to Adam Sandler’s character in this movie. The character was played as a super serious character who was capable of doing extraordinary things. His serious tone felt like it wasted Adam Sandler’s over-the-top personality, and the extraordinary things he did were just a little too extraordinary, to the point where they felt dumb and severely unrealistic. I know that I should not have been expecting realism from a movie like this, but these were so dumb and unrealistic that they surpassed the realm of comedy and went straight into dumb territory. Tommy’s extraordinary actions could have worked if they were funny, but for me, they missed their mark.

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Pro: Lil Pete (+5pts)

This character made me laugh constantly throughout the movie. I remember seeing the cast, and remember thinking Taylor Lautner was an odd choice for this movie. Every other main cast member has made a name for themselves in comedy, but Taylor Lautner felt like the black sheep of this cast. I was totally ready to see this movie and come out of it thinking that he was the weak link, but that was not the case at all.

Much to my surprise, Lil’ Pete ended up being my favorite character. The character was incredibly dumb, and he was responsible for what ended up being the absolute funniest scene in the movie, in my opinion—that being the hanging. I judged a book by its cover when it came to this casting choice, and I was very pleased to be proven wrong. This character was a lot of fun, and Taylor Lautner did a great job with the role.

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Con: Native American Comedy (-4pts)

Other than what I call the Zohan comedy, the other type of comedy that I did not like was the comedy aimed at Native Americans and their lifestyle. Now, I am not one of those people that would ever get offended on behalf of another group, but a lot of this comedy felt distasteful more than funny. It was like someone makes racist jokes and was expecting me to find them funny, but I did not, so continuously going back to that well made the jokes fall flatter and flatter each time. It started as simply not funny, but the more these jokes came up, it felt more and more racist. Now, I am not calling the filmmakers racist. These jokes were clearly intended as lighthearted humor set in the Wild West, but these jokes did not land, and the tricky thing with racial jokes is that when they are not funny, they just come across as racist. If it is funny, people tend to forgive it and chalk it up to edgy humor, but that was not what happened here, and going back to this well repeatedly made it somewhat cringe-worthy at times.

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Pro: The Brothers (+4pts)

I definitely enjoyed the relationship between the brothers. Each brother felt isolated in their own lives, and metaphorically jumped at the opportunity to be part of a family. They came from very different mothers, which resulted in a pretty diverse group of characters. From the color of their skin, to the environments they were each raised in, each brother had very different life experiences and each brother brought very different skills to the table.

The variety was fun to watch the filmmakers explore, and the cast made it incredibly entertaining, and a lot of this came from watching these brothers interact with one another and showing off their various, ridiculous skills. I bought that each brother wanted to help save their father, and I bought that the brothers bonded with one another due to each wanting to feel like they belonged to something. The cast made for a lot of funny moments, and they did so while also making me care about the characters. The idea was far fetched—and as the title suggested: ridiculous—but the cast made it fun.

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Con: Frank (-4pts)

Maybe it was because the character was played by Nick Nolte, but I always thought there was something up with Frank. I never really trusted him, so while I could get behind the brothers' desire to save their father, I never thought the brothers would succeed. From the beginning of the movie, I assumed the brothers would be double crossed somehow. Was I right in my assumption? You will have to see the movie to find out, but I think this assumption made the character of Frank lose something.

I think Nick Nolte did the best he could at making me sympathize with Frank. However, the simple fact of being played by an actor who plays almost exclusively antagonists made me too suspicious of the character. Ultimately, this suspicion ruined what I think the filmmakers wanted to do with the character. Again, I bought the brothers' drive to save and meet their father, but my lack of trust for Frank definitely made me less invested in whether or not the brothers would succeed.

Grading Scale

GradeCategoryPoints

A+

Amazing

95-100

A-

Great

90-94

B+

Good

85-89

B-

Decent

80-84

C+

Average

75-79

C-

Watchable

70-74

D+

Bad

65-69

D-

Terrible

60-64

F

Garbage

45-59

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Grade: C+ (77pts)

The Ridiculous 6 was the kind of movie that I went into expecting it to be a stupid comedy. Whether it was going to be the right kind of stupid or the wrong kind of stupid, I did not know, but I assumed it was going to have a very dumb style of comedy. In that regard, I was correct, but there were definitely aspects of the comedy that I liked, as well as aspects that I did not. I liked the silly style of comedy that came from the silly characters saying or doing silly things. Between the main cast and the vast collection of silly side-characters, this type of comedy kept me laughing from start to finish.

Unfortunately, the filmmakers made Tommy have You Don’t Mess with the Zohan kinds of abilities that made the character come across as really dumb. Additionally, the movie had a number of scenes that poked fun at Native Americans. These scenes were clearly intended as “good fun” by the filmmakers, but the scenes ended up missing their mark which made them feel distasteful. I liked the cast, although Adam Sandler’s character felt too serious, which felt like a waste considering Adam Sandler was the lead. The brothers were funniest moments. Some of the comedy worked for me, and some of the comedy did not, but I think there is definitely some fun to be had with this movie, as long as you are a fan of dumb comedies.

Comments

Movie Beasts (author) from MA on April 07, 2019:

Hey Shepards,

Thanks for the comment! The movie definitely had its problems, but it was moderately entertaining with some laugh out loud moments. I definitely think there is some fun to be had with this movie.

Regards,

Bryan

Sam Shepards from Europe on April 07, 2019:

Not the best rating for a comedy, but how many decent comedic Westerns are there? So will check this one out.

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