Hubie Halloween (2020)

Hubie Halloween (2020)

2020 PG-13 102 Minutes

Comedy | Horror | Fantasy | Mystery

Hubie Dubois, despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (and its legendary Halloween celebration), is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something real...

Overall Rating

4 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • d_riptide


    4 / 10
    Remember early on in the year when Adam Sandler said he was going to make a movie that was so bad on purpose just to get back at the Oscars for snubbing his performance in Uncut Gems? He may have not been kidding but “Hubie Halloween” is not that movie; it’s not even close. Truth be told, I’m getting really sick and tired of Adam pulling off the same repetitive schtick over and over again; I’ve been tired since Pixels. But......this is a mostly harmless production that does somewhat stifle a potential Adam Sandler comeback at its most disposable.⁣

    If you take away the accent in Sandler’s voice, his character isn’t as insufferable as you would surmise but that doesn’t stop him from being mildly annoying especially with how ineffective the humor is and how many gags just don’t work. Even with the acting being decent at its absolute best, production design being tolerable and the atmosphere engulfing the kid-friendly Halloween-y vibe you’d expect from this time of year and season, I cannot think of a single overwhelming factor that I enjoyed overall. There are some Easter eggs hidden in this movie that connect some of Adams older movies so it can be a nice little treasure hunt to find them all but that was the only thing that challenged me. And the plot? It’s just a literal lesser man’s rehashing of “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” only with more emphasis on its abundance of slapstick and gross-out comedy and not very strong examples of those while the actual story has merit some to it, talking about accepting others and not being mean to them due to their insecurities about yourself but come on, you barely even get credit for using that message anymore unless you pull it off in a clever or unique way. Not to mention the relationships between the characters was poor and the twist involving the ‘antagonists’ felt completely out of left field and made no sense.....but then again, this is a Happy Madison production so who am I kidding?⁣

    I know some people are going to say just to turn my mind off and enjoy it for what it is but there are some movies out there where you can’t get away with using that excuse. Here though, it depends because I can’t really stay mad at this movie for how totally harmless it is in the execution; just trying to make some fast money, look really cute and then disappearing....but that doesn’t mean it gets a free pass with me. If this is the kind of Adam Sandler comedies you’ve come to expect, you’ll be satisfied. Anyone else, might want to stick with Happy Gilmore.