On the same day that Netflix revealed rare viewer statistics surrounding the actual success of their first venture into feature film production, they’ve shared the trailer for their next equally ambitious — yet from appearances qualitatively unequal — feature. The streaming empire released the trailer for Adam Sandler’s slapstick Western, The Ridiculous Six (which, as it’s been pointed out, likely draws its spoofy title from The Magnificent Seven — around the same time as
The Hateful Eight.)
The film follows six (presumably ridiculous) half-brothers, all of whom have the same father (who happens to be Nick Nolte). They’re played by Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Jorge Garcia and of course Adam Sandler (who plays White Knife — who, as the trailer reveals, is adept at leaping from walls using a knife, and is white). Sandler’s character was raised by an Apache tribe — a plot line that led approximately a dozen Native American actors, accusing the film of insensitivity and misrepresentation, to leave the set. (Sandler had responded, saying that it was a “misunderstanding” that was “taken out of context” and that “it’s really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people”… which of course doesn’t negate a potential reliance on stereotypes.)
The film follows the brothers once they’re brought together for an Old Western adventure with the return of their father. And so the fraternal crew, as seen in the trailer, embark on the journey during which they’re prone to all forms of slapstick injury — from donkeys, walls, obvious jokes etc. Throughout the trailer, you’ll also spot glimpses of John Turturro, Chris Parnell, Will Forte and Steve Buscemi.
This will be one of four movies produced by Sandler for Netflix, and you’ll be able to subject yourself to its ridiculousness on December 11.
Watch the trailer: