Thesis

Adam Sandler: mentor of middle-class masculinity and manhood

Adam Sandler’s films are his way of influencing American males to ascribe to an educated, middle-class form of manhood. Due to the influence of feminism, and the values instilled by his father, he adheres to a policy of acceptance for homsexuals, is respectful and sensitive toward females, and seeks to be an excellent husband and father, both on screen and off. This thesis looks at his life and his professional work from a historical perspective to determine the sources of his theories of masculinity. It reviews trends and tropes in his body of work and then dissects four films to take a closer look at the interpretations and messages regarding masculinity and manhood imbedded in them. The films closely analyzed are Grown Ups, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Spanglish, and The Waterboy.

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