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Incontrovertible Evidence of the Adam Sandler Curse

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | June 25, 2010 |


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I've long talked about the Sandler curse, but with Grown Ups coming out today, and poor Salma Hayek playing the love interest opposite Sandler, I thought it might be instructive to look back at the wake of career destruction that Sandler has wrought since he became an A-list movie star. It's not pretty. In fact, with two exceptions -- Marisa Tomei and Drew Barrymore -- no actress that has starred as a love interest in a Sandler film has even come close to duplicating the box-office success of that Sandler film, save for Liv Tyler, who had a small blip with The Incredible Hulk, but has otherwise molsty disappeared from the film scene. In fact, in most cases, the actress playing opposite Sandler began a usually steep descent into relative obscurity or ultimately resorted to television work. Her film success has never been the same.

I'm not being hyperbolic here, folks. Adam Sandler kills careers, and I have evidence below to prove it. The good news, however, is that in his next film, he stars opposite Jennifer Aniston, which should finally put the nail in her career coffin, and in the movie after that, Jack and Jill, Sandler plays the female lead in his own film (he'll be playing the part of both Jack and Jill). Hopefully, the Sandler curse will finally turn itself on Sandler.


  • Bridgette Wilson (Billy Madison)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: 5th Billed in I Know What You Did Last Summer

  • Julie Bowen (Happy Gilmore)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: The love interest in Tim Allen's Joe Somebody

  • Fairuza Balk (Waterboy)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Fourth Billed in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

  • Joey Lauren Adams (Big Daddy)

  • Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Best friend role in The Break-Up

  • Patricia Arquette (Little Nicky)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: A small role in Holes?

  • Emily Watson (Punch-Drunk Love)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Roles in Synecdoche, New York and Cold Souls

  • Winona Ryder (Mr. Deeds)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: A small role in Star Trek

  • Marisa Tomei (Anger Management)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Female lead in
    Wild Hogs

  • Paz Vega (Spanglish)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Plaster of Paris in The Spirit

  • Kate Beckinsale (Click)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: The lead in
    Whiteout

  • Liv Tyler (Reign Over Me)
    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: The Incredible Hulk

  • Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: The A-Team

  • Emmanuelle Chriqui (You Don't Mess with the Zohan)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Bambi in Women in Trouble

  • Keri Russell (Bedtime Stories)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: Extraordinary Measures (She has now returned to television, starring in a series this fall on Fox).

  • Leslie Mann (Funny People)

    Best Film Role She's Had Since Her Sandler Movie Was Released: None


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