Netflix has continually surprised with its run of original content. It’s collaboration with Marvel has brought us Daredevil, a series that proved the modern dark and gritty aesthetic of the superhero genre is not yet played out; whilst Cary Fukunaga‘s feature film Beasts of No Nation has succeeded expectations for a streaming service release. In fact, according to Deadline, on its opening week the African civil war drama was the most viewed film on Netflix, which is an astounding achievement. And now, a surprise in itself, the company has rallied on to distribute the comedy Western and Adam Sandler vehicle The Ridiculous 6, despite controversy over the treatment of Native American actors on set. The trailer holds no revelations for those familiar with Sandler‘s current run of low brow, often straight-up offensive comedies, including the disappointingly lazy video game feature Pixels. Starring Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, the film managed to pull in over $25 million on its opening weekend, despite being panned by critics.
Check out the trailer for The Ridiculous 6 below:
The Ridiculous 6 stars Sandler as Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn, who romps across the Old West with his five unfortunately stereotyped brothers, after their long-lost outlaw father returns. The brothers are played by Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, and long term Sandler collaborator and anti-vaxxer Rob Schneider. Harvey Keitel portrays the gang’s absent parent. The film was written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler, and was directed by Click‘s Frank Coraci. It will be released on Netflix on December 11.
Controversy broke out earlier in the year after over a dozen Native American actors walked off the set, claiming they were used as the but of racist jokes that demean their cultural heritage. Since the events, Sandler spoke out to ScreenCrush, stating that the film is “really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people. There’s no mocking of American Indians at all in the movie. It’s a pro-Indian movie. So hopefully when people see it — whoever was offended on set and walked out, I hope they realize that, and that’s it. It was kinda taken out of context.” Which seems hard to buy with the film’s Native American character’s bearing such names as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra. How much of this overt racism has been cut from the final film is yet to be seen. Unfortunately, despite Sandler‘s run of poor quality content he retains a bankable status in Hollywood, and it seems we will receive a few more doozies before the decade is out.