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Halloween comedy takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and centers on lifelong resident and center of the town’s mockery, the eccentric and odd man-child, Hubert “Hubie” Dubois (Adam Sandler). Hubie, who still lives with his mother (June Squibb), has taken a lot of abuse from other townies for his odd ways and behavior, especially when it comes to Halloween. This year will be different, as there is an escaped mental patient (or two) on the loose and some of the people who pick on Hubie most, start to disappear. This makes poor Hubie a suspect when all he really wants to do is find the courage to ask out his childhood crush, Violet Valentine (Julie Bowen).

Harmless family comedy is directed competently, but by-the-numbers by frequent Adam Sandler collaborator Steven Brill. He directs from a script by Sandler and Tim Herlihy and still manages to fill the film with lots of fun, Halloween spirit. Sure it’s dumb and has barely what could be considered a plot, but it does have some charm and the cast all seem to be having fun with their roles. Sandler’s bumbling Hubie does become endearing after a bit and you do feel sympathy for the guy, while rooting for him to solve the mystery and win the girl. Seeing Hubie get picked-on so much does get tiresome and it is a predictable and formula comedy, but it looks great, with lots of Halloween imagery, and does convey a love for the All Hallow’s Eve holiday. Flick is streaming on Netflix, if you are looking for some mindless Halloween fun to cleanse the pallet, but still stay in the spirit, after watching so many horror flicks. Also stars Kevin James as a Salem police sergeant, Steve Buscemi as a mysterious old man and Ray Liotta as one of Hubie’s biggest foes.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating