Eight Crazy Nights

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Eight Crazy Nights
8crazynights.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySeth Kearsley
Produced byAdam Sandler
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Brooks Arthur
Written byAdam Sandler
Allen Covert
Brooks Arthur
Brad Isaacs
Narrated byRob Schneider
StarringAdam Sandler
Jackie Titone
Austin Stout
Rob Schneider
Music byTeddy Castellucci
Marc Ellis
Ray Ellis
Editing byAmy Budden
StudioProduction:
Happy Madison Productions
Animation:
A. Film A/S
Yowza! Animation
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release datesNovember 27, 2002
Running time77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$34 million
Box office$23,833,131
 
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Eight Crazy Nights
8crazynights.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySeth Kearsley
Produced byAdam Sandler
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo
Brooks Arthur
Written byAdam Sandler
Allen Covert
Brooks Arthur
Brad Isaacs
Narrated byRob Schneider
StarringAdam Sandler
Jackie Titone
Austin Stout
Rob Schneider
Music byTeddy Castellucci
Marc Ellis
Ray Ellis
Editing byAmy Budden
StudioProduction:
Happy Madison Productions
Animation:
A. Film A/S
Yowza! Animation
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release datesNovember 27, 2002
Running time77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$34 million
Box office$23,833,131

Eight Crazy Nights is a 2002 American animated musical comedy-drama film directed by Seth Kearsley and produced, co-written by and starring Adam Sandler. Unlike most mainstream holiday films, it centers on Jewish characters during the Hanukkah season, as opposed to religious or secular celebration of Christmas. Despite being animated in the style of television Christmas specials, the film is adult oriented, featuring significant sexual and scatological humor, and focusing on such topics as alcoholism, bereavement, and depression.

The film's title is taken from a line in Sandler's series of songs called The Chanukah Song that compares the gift-giving traditions of Christmas and Chanukah: "Instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights!". Additionally, a new version of The Chanukah Song was played over the film's closing credits.

Plot[edit]

In the small town of Dukesberry, New Hampshire, Davey Stone (Adam Sandler), a 33-year-old alcoholic troublemaker with a long criminal record, is arrested for walking out on his bill at Mr. Chang's (Rob Schneider) Chinese restaurant and, while attempting to evade arrest ("Davey's Song"), destroying a giant Menorah/Santa ice sculpture. Davey is about to be sentenced to jail time when Whitey Duvall (Adam Sandler), a 70-year-old volunteer referee from Davey's former basketball league, intervenes and comes forward at his trial. The judge (Norm Crosby), at Whitey's suggestion, sentences Davey to community service as a referee-in-training for Whitey's Youth Basketball League. Under the terms of the community service, if Davey commits a felony before his sentence is completed, he will be sentenced to ten years in prison.

The next day, Davey referees his first game, which ends in disaster. After Davey causes disruptions, Whitey suffers a grand mal seizure, and the game is abruptly brought to an end. Attempting to calm Davey down, Whitey takes him to the mall, where they meet single mom Jennifer Friedman (Jackie Titone, singing voice by Alison Krauss), Davey's childhood girlfriend, and her son, Benjamin (Austin Stout). Though Whitey reminds him that he lost his chance with her 20 years ago, Davey still finds himself attracted to Jennifer.

As time progresses, Davey and Whitey's relationship becomes more contentious, as Whitey's various attempts to encourage Davey are met with humiliation and assault - including but not limited to Davey knocking Whitey into an outhouse and then spraying him when he falls out with a hose, causing Whitey to be frozen in defecation. Upon arriving home one night ("Long Ago"), Davey finds his trailer being burned down by a man who lost a bet to him. Davey runs into the burning trailer to rescue a Hanukkah card from his late parents, then watches the trailer burn down. Whitey opens his home to Davey, who reluctantly accepts the invitation; also living in the house is Whitey's bald, diabetic fraternal twin sister Eleanor (Adam Sandler). The Duvall household has many complex rules (referred to by Whitey as technical fouls), which prove themselves extremely irritating ("Technical Foul"). Despite this, he seemingly overcomes them, and begins to turn his life around.

However, Davey's progress in reforming is halted when one morning Whitey recalls the events of Hanukkah twenty years ago: En route to one of Davey's basketball games, his parents' car was struck by an oncoming truck after it skidded on black ice. They were both killed, and Davey learned of their deaths when the police showed up at the end of his game to inform him. Davey withdrew from society and developed alcoholism, embarking on a life of juvenile delinquency and adult criminal behavior. Davey, uncomfortable with Whitey recalling the events of that day, loses his temper and scolds Whitey and insults him and Eleanor. As a result, Whitey revokes Davey's privilege to reside at his home.

Davey spends the rest of the day drinking, and later that night breaks into the mall, which is closed. In a drunken stupor, he imagines the logos of various stores coming to life and confronting him about his inability to grieve for his parents, which they identify as the source of his alcoholism ("Intervention Song, aka Let It Out Davey"). He finally opens his parents' Hanukkah card, which contains a message praising him for being a good son. Davey breaks down and cries, finally coming to terms with his loss. Just then, the police arrive to arrest him, but Davey escapes and boards a bus to New York, just as the police are searching for him across Dukesberry. En route to the city, the bus is forced to stop when all eight tires are punctured by a single thumbtack in the road. Reminded of the Miracle of Hanukkah, Davey walks off the bus, intending to find Whitey and make amends.

Davey finds Whitey at the All-Star Banquet, an annual town celebration in which one member of the community is recognized for positive contributions to Dukesberry. Despite having vied for the award for over thirty-five years, Whitey is once again passed over; he leaves in disgrace, intending to move to Florida, where he can live out the rest of his life in anonymity. Risking arrest, Davey enters the hall and informs everyone of the selfless contributions that Whitey has made to Dukesberry over the course of his life. Disgraced, the townspeople acknowledge the error of their decision ("Bum Biddy"). Davey leads the people to Whitey, who has gone to the mall to "speak to it" alone. The townspeople thank Whitey for his service over the years and the Mayor officially grants him the Patch Award. All 32 (one had won three) previous recipients of the awards give theirs to Whitey. Davey and Jennifer reconcile, and Whitey goes into a seizure, which he calls "the happiest seizure of my life!".

Cast[edit]

Store logos

Product placement[edit]

The film includes scenes where real name brands make appearances. There is also a scene/song where numerous mascots of popular businesses come to life and attempt to force Davey to confront his past. These characters include the Foot Locker referee, the KB Toys soldiers, Miss See of See's Candies, the Victoria's Secret gown, the Panda Express panda, The Sharper Image Chair, the Radio Shack walkie talkie, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cup, and a gigantic bottle labeled GNC. The following brands are seen:

Director Seth Kearsley stated in a "making-of" featurette that all logos were used without permission from the companies.

Rating[edit]

Eight Crazy Nights was rated PG-13 for "frequent crude and sexual humor, drinking, and brief drug references".

Reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews, only gathering 12% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] It came in at third place on its opening weekend among U.S. box office, making only $14 million since its Wednesday launch. Despite a budget of $34 million, it only grossed a total of $23.6 million in North America and negligible foreign box office receipts, for a total of only $23.8 million worldwide before leaving theaters after nine weeks. Top film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 possible stars and derided the movie's dour tone, saying that "The holidays aren't very cheerful in Sandlerville." However, on his review program, co-host Richard Roeper gave the film a "Thumbs Up!"

Sandler won a Kids' Choice Award for Best Voice in an Animated Movie in 2003 and was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor, along with Mr. Deeds.

Home media[edit]

Eight Crazy Nights was released November 4, 2003 in 1-and 2-disc edition DVD and video. The 2-disc "special edition" features deleted scenes, several audio commentaries, and Sandler's short film "A Day with the Meatball", among other special features.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Adam Sandler and Eight Crazy Nights Cast
ReleasedNovember 27, 2002
Recorded2002
LabelColumbia/Sony Music Soundtrax

The soundtrack of the film was released on November 27, 2002 by Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax.[3][4] The soundtrack contains every musical number that appears in the film, including the new installment of "The Chanukah Song" and a deleted song, called "At The Mall", sung by Whitey as he strolls through the mall in an alternate opening, which is included in the DVD release of the movie.

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Davey's Song"  Adam Sandler2:16
2."At The Mall"  Adam Sandler (feat. Kevin Grady)2:45
3."Patch Song"  Adam Sandler1:04
4."Long Ago"  Adam Sandler, Alison Krauss & Eight Crazy Nights Cast2:12
5."Technical Foul"  Adam Sandler3:39
6."Intervention Song"  Adam Sandler & Eight Crazy Nights Cast2:33
7."Bum Biddy"  Adam Sandler & Eight Crazy Nights Cast4:06
8."The Chanukah Song, Part 3 (Radio Version)"  Adam Sandler4:18
9."The Chanukah Song, Part 3 (Movie Version)"  Adam Sandler3:41

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