The film is a satire of westerns in general, and specifically the classic 1960 western, The Magnificent Seven. The movie stars Adam Sandler, Will Forte, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Terry Crews, Luke Wilson, Nick Nolte, Rob Schneider and Jorge Garcia.
The Synopsis for the film reads:
When his long-lost outlaw father returns, Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn (Sandler goes on an adventure-filled journey across the Old West with his five brothers.
The Ridiculous 6 is produced by Adam Sandler and Allen Covert. The film was directed by filmmaker Frank Coraci (of The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Around the World in 80 Days, Click and Blender previously) from a screenplay written by Tim Herlihy (Pixels) and Adam Sandler.
The controversy for the film started back in April, when Indian Country Today reported that actors and extras from the Navajo nation walked off the set of Ridiculous 6 because they claimed the film grossly misrepresented Apache culture. They also deemed the jokes racist and insulting toward elders and women.
The New York Daily News later reported that there were only four who left, out of over 100 Native American actors on the set. Navajo Nation tribal members Loren Anthony and film student Allison Young said they left because they felt the film portrayed Native Americans in a negative light and took satire too far. They also complained that the portrayal of women was degrading.
The comedy is the first film to emerge from the four-picture development deal Sandler signed with Netflix in October 2014. The value of that deal has not been disclosed, but analysts estimated Netflix was likely spending “roughly $60 to $70 million per film (out of its annual content budget of more than $3 billion) and likely needs to add and/or retain about 1.2 million subscriptions worldwide per year to break-even”.
It was considered a game-changer when he announced that four of his upcoming films would be exclusively released on Netflix, with Adam Sandler jokingly saying that he liked the deal because “‘Netflix” rhymes with “wet chicks, ‘” as he explained.
In a statement regarding the controversy, Netflix insisted that the film is not meant to offend, but merely satirize that particular genre of film.
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of—but in on—the joke,” the company spokesperson said.
The movie features an insanely huge cast of guest stars Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, Whitney Cummings, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Jon Lovitz, Vanilla Ice, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Lavell Crawford and more.
“The Ridiculous 6” arrives on Netflix on December 11th.
This movie will follow Netflix’s first-ever prestige picture, Cary Fukunaga’s harrowing wartime drama Beasts of No Nation.