Of all the people you might expect to receive a standing ovation at Cannes, Adam Sandler is probably not one.
With a litany of hit-and-miss comedies like Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore and (the appalling) You Don’t Mess With the Zohan under his belt it looked like his career was a one-trick pony on a roundabout.
However, amongst the comedies he has taken a stab at more serious fare with films like Reign Over Me and Punch-Drunk Love, and his latest film for Netflix, The Meyerowitz Stories, has wowed at Cannes.
The film, which stars Sandler as the son of a sculptor (Dustin Hoffman), received a four minute standing ovation.
Four minutes is a very long time.
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, and also starring Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson, all credit does not fall to Sandler, but the actor has received positive reviews for his performance.
He’s even generated some Oscar talk. The Chicago Tribute said he’s a contender for a golden statuette.
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