Confession: I liked Punch Drunk Love a lot. And even Spanglish. And come to think of it, Funny People, but I liked all three — which featured Adam Sandler attempting to be less Sandereseque — in spite of Sandler. I applaud him for taking on those roles, but I thought he was fairly terrible in all three roles, but the writing and direction managed to obscure some of it.
Reitman is the latest good director to cast Sandler in a more dramatic role, although he’s only part of a large ensemble here in Men, Women & Children, along with a fantastic cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Rosemarie Dewitt, Dean Norris, Kaitlyn Dever, and Ansel Elgort.
The trailer itself provides no dialogue, but you can get the gist of what the movie is about: How the Internet changes our lives, for better and for worse. It’s Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and it’s coming out during Oscar seasons, so you can bet your ass that this will be in contention come Oscar season, but don’t expect Sandler to be.