In an alternate universe, the one in which the Academy (correctly) threw a Best Actor nomination at Adam Sandler for his bravura turn in Uncut Gems, perhaps last Friday’s news would’ve been different.
The comedian with a demonstrated range for actual, capital-A Acting might have announced his next project would be a Sandy Koufax biopic directed by Barry Jenkins, or something of that nature.
Instead, Sandler did what any comedic actor spurned by a world of snooty Todd Phillips-loving cineastes would do: sign up to make four more Netflix movies, bringing his eventual total to 12.
Since 2015, Netflix has been the production studio and home of Sandman classics such as Wacky Agent, The Western One, and Death-Fakers, not to mention of course, the global phenomenon that was last year’s Jennifer Aniston-starring Murder Mystery, which Netflix claims was somehow its most-watched movie of 2019.
Netflix’s viewership data has always been a little suspect, long before the company revised its metrics so that a “view” meant a subscriber had watched at least two minutes of a film. Even so, the number Netflix is touting to flog its new deal with Sandler is staggering.
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) January 31, 2020
Imagine watching two billion hours of Adam Sandler movies! How did we even find the time in between the 45.8 billion minutes we spent watching The Office on Netflix?
Considering that Netflix has a reported 167 million subscribers, the average viewer in Netflix’s thrall would have had to have watched 11.7 hours of stone-cold bangers like The Week Of in order to hit that number.
The feeling around Fast Company is that 11.7 hours per subscriber sounds like a lot of time spent watching this particular oeuvre. However, we’re a bunch of New York eggheads who are possibly out of touch with reality. Please take 11.7 minutes to email everyone you know asking whether they’ve watched Sandy Wexler multiple times, and tweet us to confirm.