Hubie Halloween is a fun movie and I enjoyed it!
That’s it. That’s the controversial opinion. Despite what audience reviews and critical opinions from Rotten Tomatoes might indicate, it’s a cute movie that’s very reminiscent of Adam Sandler’s older movies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. In fact, in a really fun twist, this must occur in Happy Gilmore continuity!
But more importantly, it’s just silly fun. Is it full of dumb humor? Sure it is. Does it indulge in childish jokes? Yep. But that’s the magic of what Adam Sandler can do. He can still, after all these years, tap into that lower brain function and remind you of what it’s like to be a silly kid who laughs at dumb jokes.
But what’s amazing is the movie still has a good moral I’d want my kids to see! For all of the dumb humor Sandler can indulge (and it sure can go off the rails like in Ridiculous Six) he seems to insist on making movies that remind everyone that we’re supposed to be kind and generous even to people we don’t like.
It’s the core of being a good person, and it’s a curious echo of something that is said in the Gospels: “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” That’s the core of Hubie Halloween: he bears the slings and arrows of those who treat him poorly,
Does it bias me to like the movie more because I like the core message? Sure. But isn’t that true in general? We’re inclined to like things with good messages. It’s why The Mandalorian (and most of Star Wars) works as well as it does, too. Because of good messages.
Now, to be clear, I’m not saying Hubie Halloween is great cinema. I’m just saying it’s a fun, silly movie with some great jokes. It’s also got some incredibly good photography, better than it deserves, thanks to Seamus Tierney, a cinematographer I’ve never heard of before this.
So do I think you should stream it on Netflix? Sure, even though we’re a few days outside of Halloween. We’re in Thanksgiving Season and we’re clear to keep enjoying a few fun pieces before the mandatory annual viewing of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
It’s OK to have silly fun. Lighten the **** up!