Hubie Halloween (2020) – Review

Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) is a man that’s mocked heavily by children and adults alike, mainly for his devotion to the Halloween holiday period, in his hometown of Salem. This year however, something is a little different and it’s up to him to save the people in his town from unexpected danger. Not the worst way to spend an evening if you’re planning on watching Netflix’s newest comedy release.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Steven Brill
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta

It’s fair to say that Netflix don’t seem to have the finest of records when it comes to comedy releases, but I must stress that Hubie Halloween seems to have come at just the right time for its viewers. A time when people in general need something to sit back to and simply forget about the troubles they’re faced with at the moment. The film manages to remind us just how exciting and thrilling Halloween can actually be, whether it be the party like atmosphere it presents us with, the freedom of dressing up or the mingling with other people, sadly however, this won’t be the normal for the majority of us this October.

Hubie Halloween isn’t anything too complex, nor is it overly simple, the one or two rather interesting and surprising sub-plots are installed well enough to keep you on your toes and wondering what’s going to happen next, but if you’re hoping for an Oscar worthy drama with twists and turns, then this probably won’t put a smile on your face, but if you are hoping for a mildly scary and at times funny Halloween family film then you might be pleasantly surprised by this.

In terms of the acting, Adam Sandler starred as the lead, Hubie Dubois, with heavy support coming in from Kevin James and Julie Bowen, who starred as Steve Downey and Violet Valentine – the latter being the love interest of Hubie.

One of, if not the primary strength of the movie, would have to come in the form of the widely varied and diverse supporting cast, which featured the likes of Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O’Neal and even Ben Stiller. Everybody seemed to do their job well, even considering some of the wildly outlandish and ridiculous characters they were tasked to play.

On the whole, for sure, Adam Sandler may not deliver his finest performance as Hubie Dubois, and his voice might not have helped, but at the same time I’ve seen worse from the Uncut Gems star. It’s also worth noting that there were three or four genuinely funny moments throughout this, so if you’re hoping to sit back and explore a less than serious journey of one towns Halloween evening, then Hubie Halloween may be for you.

“As a trained volunteer, I know what it’s like when the spooky fun gets out of hand…”

Hubie Dubois – Hubie Halloween

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