It's hard to believe that at one point, Adam Sandler was one of the most successful comedy actors in Hollywood. After a brief but notable stint on SNL, Sandler became, for an entire generation, the quintessential lovable doofus. His post-SNL hits Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore were wild successes in the cable and home video markets. In subsequent films like Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer, he proved to be a comedic leading man who could act with heart—a talent that allowed him to show off his impressive acting chops in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love. More recently, though, Sandler's taken quite a fall from professional grace. In box office flop after box office flop, his career appears to be increasingly beyond repair. What's really behind Sandler's stagnant trajectory?
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