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08 October 2020 00:35

Adam Sandler's new Netflix movie Hubie Halloween includes a touching tribute to late actor Cameron Boyce.

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Adam Sandler's new Netflix movie Hubie Halloween includes a touching tribute to late actor Cameron Boyce. Boyce, who starred with Sandler in Grown Ups, was scheduled to have a part in the movie before his tragic death in July 2019 at just 20-years-old. Midway through the credits of the film, an image of Boyce is shown along with the message: "In loving memory of Cameron Boyce. Gone way too soon and one of the kindest, coolest, funniest, and most talented kids we knew. You live on forever in our hearts and are truly missed every day." Sandler recently confirmed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that Boyce was set to be in the movie and also spoke about how much the young actor meant to him.

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"[He passed away] just a few days before filming," Sandler told Fallon. "That kid was a great kid. His family is amazing. I watched him grow up and become a superstar. "My kids worshipped him.

He came to my daughter's bat mitzvah. He came and literally signed — I mean, that bat mitzvah was gigantic, there were 400 people there, and he signed every kids autograph. Christopher Polk Getty Images "He was just the nicest kid. He would always have charities going on. He would always speak to me, 'Can you do this, can you do that?' It was always for charity. He never cared about anything else. Just a nice solid, talented kid." Boyce died last year from what was confirmed to be an "unexpected" medical event related to epilepsy. He was best known for playing Carlos, son of villain Cruella De Vil, in the Disney film franchise Descendants, as well as starring in the Disney Channel series Jessie. He appeared alongside Sandler in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. Netflix Hubie Halloween stars Sandler as eccentric community volunteer Hubie Dubois, who winds up at the centre of a murder case on Halloween night. The cast also includes Happy Gilmore and Modern Family's Julie Bowen as Dubois' love interest as well as Kevin James, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Ray Liotta, and even Shaquille O'Neal. Hubie Halloween is available to stream on Netflix now. Digital Spy has launched its first-ever digital magazine with exclusive features, interviews, and videos. Access this edition with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+. Interested in Digital Spy's weekly newsletter? Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io The distance for Adam Sandler from last year's frantic, high-wire act "Uncut Gems" to his new Netflix comedy, "Hubie Halloween,"… The distance for Adam Sandler from last year's frantic, high-wire act "Uncut Gems" to his new Netflix comedy, "Hubie Halloween," is great, but maybe not as vast as it sounds. Both feature Sandler playing someone who romanticizes something out of proportion (a high-priced gem in "Uncut Gems," Halloween in "Hubie Halloween"), an appearance by a former NBA star (Kevin Garnett in "Uncut Gems," Shaquille O'Neal in "Hubie Halloween") and June Squibb wearing a T-shirt that says "Boner Doner." OK, that last one isn't in "Uncut Gems" but you wouldn't exactly put it past the Safdie brothers, either. Yes, Sandler's bouncing between movie realms has seemingly grown even more schizophrenic in recent years as his factory of Netflix releases chugs along with occasional departures like "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" and "Uncut Gems." But here's the thing: "Hubie Halloween" is good. Yeah, I'm kind of surprised by that, too. The latest Billy Madison production might not seem especially distinguishable from the rest of Sandler's recent Netflix output. In many ways it's not. It's got most of his regular chums (Kevin James, Tim Meadows, Rob Schneider) and it's directed by Steven Brill, who helmed Sandler's "Sandy Wexler," "The Do-Over," "Mr. Deeds" and "Little Nicky." These are movies made with only a little more thought than another pick-up basketball game: "Let's run it back!" And yet it feels like it's been a while since it was this much fun to watch Sandler et al goofing around. Sandler, already inextricably linked to Thanksgiving, has now left a mark on Halloween. Maybe it's because his movies can seem like (highly paid) extended vacations with friends, but holidays seem to work for him. The destination this time is Salem, Massachusetts, where Hubie Dubois (Sandler), is a thermos-carrying stunted man-child who's been the butt of jokes since high school, taunted for his unhipness and his good-hearted sincerity. He's an immediately familiar protagonist for Sandler — a cousin to Canteen Boy and a brother to Bobby Boucher of "The Water Boy." Hubie, a Halloween devotee who's nevertheless easily spooked by the season's decorations, has anointed himself the holiday's official "monitor" in Salem. Living with his mom (Squibb, outfitted in a running gag of T-shirts), Hubie bikes around town with his monitor sash slung across his chest and a thermos full of soup always in hand. He's regularly mocked by just about everyone in the town, young and old, but his old high-school torch (Julie Bowen, comically out of his league) is one of the few who recognize and value Hubie's sweetness. When a genuine mystery develops and people start going missing, Hubie is the first to recognize the danger. Having made police reports a hobby, the local cops (Kenan Thompson, James) have long learned to ignore his concerns. It's all just an excuse for Sandler to do a funny voice and a bunch of pratfalls, but the voice is pretty funny and so are the pratfalls. Even the production design is a cut above what you're expect. But most of all, the ensemble of townspeople lend plenty of support. Is there anyone, really, who doesn't want to watch a movie with Steve Buscemi as a werewolf, Michael Chiklis as a cranky priest, Ray Liotta for some reason and Maya Rudolph dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein playing the dissatisfied wife of Tim Meadows? The jokes aren't often Sandler's best material but "Hubie Halloween" is as sweet and easily digestible as a Milky Way. After this, "Uncut Gems" and his best and most tender stand-up special ("100% Fresh," a title that references his normally low critic scores), the Sandler-verse is weirdly in a kind of perfect harmony. Maybe, too, we're more in need of some good, stupid fun right now, and "Hubie Halloween" is smart enough to do stupid just right. Steve Buscemi as a werewolf, at least, is an antidote to something. "Hubie Halloween," a Netflix release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for crude and suggestive content, language and brief teen partying. Running time: 104 minutes. Three stars out of four. Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.