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Adam Sandler’s new Bat Mitzvah movie highest rated of actor’s career

Film receives 96 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, despite criticism of nepotism in casting

Idina Menzel and Adam Sandler in 'You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah.' (Scott Yamano/Netflix via JTA)
Idina Menzel and Adam Sandler in 'You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah.' (Scott Yamano/Netflix via JTA)

JTA — The reviews are in: “You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah” is the best-reviewed movie of Adam Sandler’s blockbuster-filled career. It’s a hit with streaming audiences, too.

The Netflix movie about teen drama and the hallowed Jewish coming-of-age ceremony co-stars his real-life wife and daughters. That casting decision has generated some criticism in the era of the “nepo baby” debate about nepotism in Hollywood, but that hasn’t taken away from the fact that the film has a 96 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the reviews aggregator site.

That means 96% of online reviewers surveyed by the site had an overall positive reaction to the film. That’s higher than both his wildly popular 1990s comedies (such as “Billy Madison,” which scored 40%) and his more acclaimed dramas (such as “Uncut Gems,” which scored 91%).

Director Sammi Cohen told Kveller that “it’s a dream come true.”

“It’s a little surreal, and it took a while to sink in. I grew up loving ‘Billy Madison’ and loving [Sandler]. It has nothing to do with him being Jewish. He’s just an icon. So yeah, it’s all been very surreal and amazing,” Cohen said.

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