According to TIME, Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 is the most watched release in Netflix history. I would postulate that this disturbing fact says something very depressing about Netflix user’s taste in movies, but I can’t. Because then I would be hypocrite. After all, I watched it from start to finish as well and therefore contributed to its early success. I clearly have bad taste in films! I understand that The Ridiculous 6 was supposed to be campy and goofy, but it din’t do it well. Mel Brooks made a campy, goofy western (Blazing Saddles, 1974) that was amazing because there was a balance of slapstick and highbrow humor. Also, don’t forget about Little Big Man (1970) that starred Dustin Hoffman. That movie made me laugh and cry. Maybe the humor in The Ridiculous 6 just went over my head.
While I am disappointed that Netflix is flaunting its success with The Ridiculous 6, I am glad that they are having success with their original content. One Netflix original I’m hoping will be good the is the sequel to the martial arts masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon entitled The Sword of Destiny.
If anything, the success of The Ridiculous 6 has paved the way for other Netflix original films to come.