Hubie Halloween

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“I’m gonna do what I do every October 31st. Make sure every citizen in this town is safe and protected.” -Hubie Dubois

This week I was excited to watch and review a Halloween movie since it’s October now! I thought it was the perfect opportunity because the new Netflix movie Hubie Halloween had just recently premiered. It stars Adam Sandler and is directed by Steven Brill. This film is from Happy Madison Productions which was founded by Sandler. I went into it with mild expectations, not really sure what I was getting myself into. By the sound of the synopsis I thought it was going to be a cute and fun watch.

Hubie Halloween is set in present-day Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween day. Sandler plays as Hubie [huew-bee] Dubois [doo-bwa], a dorky and fun-loving adult. He had a few cute and endearing moments throughout the movie, I’ll give him that, but otherwise his quirks became repetitive and became boring fairly quickly. For instance, he was frightened extremely easily and screamed overdramatically each time. He was also hard to understand. At some points I had no idea what he was saying and considered turning on the subtitles. Honestly, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that Sandler’s jaw was surely hurting after having it in that placement for so long to get into character and make his voice sound the way it did.

Although he is frightened by some aspects of Halloween, Hubie is someone who loves the holiday very much. Every year he tries his hardest to keep everyone safe, but nobody appreciates him. In fact, they ridicule and throw things at him all the time. In addition, they also call him names which are usually just unoriginal renditions of his. For instance, one boy always called him ‘Pubie.’ As the Halloween night wears on it becomes evident that something strange is going on in Salem because people keep disappearing. Thanks to Hubie it all turns out okay in the end.

Most of the cast, including Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, and the main lead, Sandler, make this feel like a Grown Ups reunion. As for creativity, everything was relatively predictable. Some of the jokes were bizarre and overdone, but it did have its moments where I laughed. Most of them were met with silence, though. It wasn’t much different than other Happy Madison Productions, but it did feel more heartfelt and had a positive message in the end. The 102 minutes were paced nicely, and nothing felt rushed, which I liked.

If I remember correctly, in January of this year Sandler stated that if he were snubbed for an Oscar nomination from Uncut Gems he would make the worst movie he could. I’ve seen a lot of people saying this could be it, but honestly, even though it’s not the best, it’s not the worst either. Overall, it’s a fun and semi- family friendly movie. In the end credits there’s a lovely dedication to the late Cameron Boyce who also starred in the Grown Ups movies. He passed away in July of 2019.

I recommend watching Hubie Halloween with friends around this time of year. I give it a C grade.