In a heartwarming and of course, hilarious twist of art imitating life, Adam Sandler’s upcoming Netflix movie, “You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah,” showcases a family affair as his daughters, Sadie Sandler, 17, and Sunny Sandler, 14, step into the spotlight, following in their father’s comedic footsteps. The film, based on Fiona Rosenbloom’s 2005 novel of the same name, promises a delightful blend of comedy and coming-of-age moments.
The storyline revolves around Sunny Sandler’s character, Stacy, a seventh-grader meticulously planning her dream bat mitzvah alongside her best friend Lydia, played by Samantha Lorraine. However, the plot takes an amusing twist when Stacy discovers that Lydia has kissed her crush, prompting Stacy to inadvertently start rumors about her closest confidante. As tensions rise, Adam Sandler steps into the picture as Stacy’s father, alongside Sadie Sandler, who portrays her older sister. The comedic duo embarks on a mission to mend the fractured friendship before the grand bat mitzvah celebration.
The cast boasts an array of talent, with the renowned Idina Menzel portraying the Friedman matriarch. Notably, this marks Menzel’s second collaboration with Adam Sandler since their joint appearance in 2019’s “Uncut Gems.” The familial vibes extend beyond the Sandler clan, as the movie’s trailer features a cameo by Adam Sandler’s real-life wife, Jackie Sandler, in the role of neighbor Gabi.
Director Sammi Cohen, in an interview during Netflix’s Tudum event, expressed her joy at having the entire Sandler family on set. She commended the natural chemistry and camaraderie among the Sandlers, emphasizing the supportive atmosphere that allowed each member to shine individually while contributing to the film’s authenticity.
The movie holds special significance for Sunny Sandler, who recently celebrated her own bat mitzvah in a real-life coming-of-age event. According to Cohen, this shared experience created a heartfelt connection among the cast and crew, further enhancing the genuine feel of the production.
This isn’t the first instance of Adam Sandler involving his daughters in his projects. Both Sadie and Sunny had cameo appearances in “Jack and Jill” (2011) and “Pixels” (2015), while Sunny also graced the screen in “Grown Ups” (2010) and its 2013 sequel.
In a touching moment, during the 2022 Gotham Awards, Adam Sandler’s daughters wrote and presented an acceptance speech on his behalf. The speech humorously acknowledged Sandler’s collection of awards shaped like quirky popcorn buckets, blimps, and faux mini Oscars, playfully dubbing him the “Father of the Year.”
“You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” is set to premiere on Netflix on August 25.
7th grade drama just hits different.
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