(From The Scotsman)
Byline: Alistair Harkness
IN THE mid-1990s, the long-running US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live dropped Adam Sandler because the producers didn't understand his act. The problem was he was truly funny - something the show hadn't been since the days of Bill Murray and John Belushi.
Some older critics have a similar problem. Audiences love Sandler movies because they are hilarious without being clever, so Sandler is now shorthand for the dumbing down of American cinema. Sometimes it's deserved - The Waterboy and Little Nicky were excruciating. But Happy Gilmore is a minor masterpiece. Mr Deeds - a remake of Capra's Mr Deeds …