We've known for a while that Adam Sandler's new Netflix movie was getting some buzz... and of the positive variety. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) has a top-notch cast, with Sandler rounding out an ensemble that also includes Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Judd Hirsch, Sigourney Weaver, Candice Bergen, Adam Driver and Elizabeth Marvel. Now, we've gotten a lengthy look at the first film, which not only looks to have an intriguing tone and kooky premise, it also features a brawl between Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler. Come for the cast, stay for the shin kicks. You can check out the trailer, below.
Yeah, so The Meyerowitz Stories isn't exactly about Adam Sandler's character Danny and Ben Stiller's character Matthew not getting along. In fact, it's more about a dysfunctional family choosing to spend more time with one another than usual when the patriarch of the family, Harold Meyerowitz, is getting honored for his artwork. Obviously when people are estranged for a long time and then unexpectedly come back together, there's a lot that needs to be worked out and Noah Bombach's latest movie is going to delve into that type of dysfunction hard. Like shin kicking, body tackling, general slaps and more, hard.
The Meyerowitz Stories isn't really your typical Adam Sandler Netflix fodder. While I defend The Do-Over, this new movie is a flick The Squid and the Whale director Noah Bombach has made (and unlike some directors, clearly has no problem with the movie going to a streaming service). It went out on the festival circuit, hitting the Cannes Film Festival, where it earned raves for Adam Sandler's performance and more. That's when Netflix successfully picked it up, similar to what Amazon did with Manchester by the Sea last year. It wasn't made in house like Sandy Wexler and Adam Sandler's other Netflix projects, so it's fine to expect this one to be a little more like Punch Drunk Love than The Waterboy.
The movie is part of a really big push by Netflix to start creating more original movie content, and start buying more Oscar buzzworthy products that it can use to gain prestige. Some of Netflix's movies have gotten critical praise, including Okja, but a lot of them have fallen into the range of the OK and the obscure. So hopefully, The Meyerowitz Stories will keep the streaming service's film output moving into the right direction.
If you'd like to take a look at a little more footage from the movie, head here. If you are just dying to see what the final product looks like, though, you don't have too much longer to wait. The Meyerowitz Stories will hit Netflix on October 13. In the meantime, you can take a look at what else is coming in October with our Netflix schedule.