Cinema: Sandler Happens

Age or taste may keep you from grasping why, but the guy is a star

A few good things about Adam Sandler comedies: they cost about one-tenth of Titanic to produce; they're usually over in 90 minutes; they keep projectionists employed and kids off the streets; their brain-numbing effects often wear off within hours. And, well, somebody's got to make stupid movies.

But why do so many people have to go see them? That's the question that has movie solons tugging at their gray beards and wondering exactly how many teenage boys--and the women who love them--can pack a movie house on an autumn weekend. The answer: $39.4 million worth. That's how much money Sandler's...

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