‘Ridiculous 6’: Taylor Lautner Takes On Silly Comedic Role In New Netflix …

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‘The Ridiculous 6’ trailer has Adam Sandler cowboying up, for Netflix.

The movie, which is part of Sandler’s four-picture exclusivity deal with the streaming service, features the funnyman as Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn, an Old West bank robber who teams up with his five half-brothers (the titular “Ridiculous 6″) for a Hollywood-caliber adventure. “The Ridiculous 6″ is a sendup of traditional Westerns, featuring an all-star comedy cast including Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson – and a good 17 other familiar names (the credit list takes up a decent portion of the trailer).The feature was produced undr the streaming service’s Netflix Original banner and follows Sandler’s Tommy (AKA White Knife). an outlaw who was raised by Native Americans and discovers that he has five half-brothers.The first trailer for Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 has been released and the most notable thing about it is what it doesn’t contain: bad-taste jokes about “Injuns”.The 23-year-old hunk shows a hilarious and not-so-flattering visage in the upcoming Netflix flick Ridiculous 6 that will have his fans doing some double takes.

The value of that deal has not been disclosed, but analysts estimated Netflix was likely spending “roughly US$60 to $70 million per film (out of its annual content budget of more than US$3 billion) and likely needs to add and/or retain about 1.2 million subscriptions worldwide per year to break-even”. Taylor is seen as Lil’ Pete, a chubby, grinning and chip-toothed hick who has trouble putting two words together in the movie that makes fun of the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and ’70s.

This is the same Adam Sandler project that several Native American extras – and the cultural advisor – walked off the set of because of offensive depictions of their culture. The young actor is one of an all-star cast led by Adam Sandler and featuring Steve Buscemi, Terry Crews, Norm MacDonald, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, Will Forte, NIck Nolte among others. The two-minute trailer for the film, which hits Netflix on Dec. 11, held few cringe-worthy visuals — with the possible exception of Taylor Lautner as an apparently mentally challenged sidekick. The film reportedly includes characters called ‘Beaver’s Breath’ and ‘No Bra’ while one scene, which has raised eyebrows, features an Apache woman squatting down to urinate while smoking a peace pipe. ‘They just told us, “If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.” I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed. The guys then band together to seek out their deadbeat dad in the flick that pokes fun at such Italian-produced Westerns as A Fistful Of Dollars, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Once Upon A Time In The West among others.

This trailer gives us our first look at said “context.” The film looks to be a satire of the Western genre where Sandler plays an outlaw raised by a Native American tribe. The two-plus-minute trailer begins with Tommy aka White Knife (Sandler) bumbling into a dusty town to the familiar theme of Hoe-Down (used in the Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner campaign). ‘I’m fixin’ to rob the bank here in town,’ White Knife says in voiceover before scenes show him jumping out a glass window and being pursued by the gun-toting law. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularised, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.’ The trailer features the guys doing all kinds of silly things like jumping off rooftops and missing the horse, falling backwards into wooden walls, tossing knives, saddling up amidst other mishaps. The closest the trailer comes to a successful gag is in the seemingly endless roll-call of names that flash up on saloon-style title cards as a bombastic orchestral score seems to be stuck in a loop underneath.

The characters had been given names such as Beaver Breath, Never-Wears-Bra and Smoking Fox, and were depicted as not understanding what toilet paper was for. They were protesting a script that involved the direction, “Sits-on-Face squats down behind the teepee and pees, while lighting up a peace pipe.” They were protesting lines like, “Say, honey: How about after this, we go someplace and I put my peepee in your teepee?” As Allison Young, a Navajo actor who quit, specifically, after being asked to do a scene that required her “to fall down drunk, surrounded by jeering white men who rouse her by dousing her with more alcohol,” noted: “We talked to the producers about our concerns.

The whole thing became a reminder not just of the power that protest can have in the age of Facebook and Instagram, but also of the severe limitations of Happy Madison’s particular brand of comedy. When the controversy about the set walk-offs was playing out this spring, Netflix issued the following statement: The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous.

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