Adam Sandler and Chris Rock star in the new Netflix original comedy film “The Week Of”. Sandler plays Kenny Lustig, a father scrambling around to make sure his daughter’s upcoming wedding is the best it can be. Chris Rock plays Kirby Cordice, the father of the groom and a self-absorbed heart surgeon who has much less interest in the turn out of the wedding than Kenny does. These differing personalities collide as they both pursue what they believe to be more important; meaning or money.
Much of the film revolves around Kenny and his anxiety-producing interactions with his family and loved ones. Unfortunate circumstance after unfortunate circumstance, the week before the wedding becomes increasingly more stressful for Kenny. Whether its Uncle Seymour’s legs (or lack thereof), a small but somehow never-ending leak at the venue, or his nephew’s long list of “triggers”, nothing stops for Kenny as he scrambles to try to fix every problem imaginable.
“The Week Of” is much funnier than expected. Rather than the dialogue, it’s the situations the makes this film what it is. The way the different plot lines play out, makes this film both continuously humorous and rewatchable. The humor isn’t always completely on point though. At certain points the jokes and humor go off the rails a bit, but then seems to circle back to making us laugh.
In addition to the screenwriting, the characters are very well thought out, each having their own unique idiosyncrasy for making viewers laugh. This is especially true when the family is somehow cornered into letting the entirety of both sides of the family stay in Kenny’s home. This leads to aggressive dogs, uninvited guests as a result of racism, and the possible threat of a drug addict burning the house to the ground.
There is plenty of heartfelt material to go around which helps the film stay more unique, rather than just being the one-dimensional comedy it comes off as in the preview. It’s a film about parenthood and the struggles that come when children reach the certain age when parents need to let go. Seeing Adam Sandler in these types of moments is particularly refreshing.
The film stays, for the most part, funny throughout with some short, strange and unfunny choices by the writers. Fortunately those short circumstances don’t stay long, and the film is an overall two-hour joy ride with plenty of situations to laugh at and plenty moments to feel for. Almost anyone can relate to some character in this film, whether you’re Kenny trying to pull it all together, or Kirby just going through the motions.
Funniest moment: Mistaking Uncle Seymour for a WWII Veteran
Underrated Character: Uncle Seymour (even though his lines are minimal)