Leo review – Adam Sandler is a wise lizard in charming Netflix comedy
An animated semi-musical sees the comedy star take on the role of agony uncle for struggling kids in a sweet if a little disjointed tale
Earlier this year, Adam Sandler’s high-volume, low-quality Netflix deal gifted us with the surprisingly sensitive coming-of-age comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, a rare critical win for his company, Happy Madison. It might not have reached the heights of the year’s other big pre-teen adaptation Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? but it was sweeter and subtler than most expected and became his best-reviewed film to date on Rotten Tomatoes, an interesting use of his sway at the streamer.
It might have been focused on middle schoolers but it represented a maturity absent from so many of Sandler’s tiresome films on Netflix, a platform he initially collaborated with because it rhymes with “Wet Chicks”. His latest Leo sits comfortably alongside, another classroom-based comedy for an even younger audience, and while Sandler plays a bigger role this time, from dad in the background to protagonist in the fore, we see even less of him on screen. That’s because Leo is an animated lizard, voiced by Sandler, (his second cartoon outing after 2002’s loathed Eight Crazy Nights) a school pet dealing with his own mortality.Continue reading...
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