‘Bat Mitzvah’ Director Defends Adam Sandler Casting His Kids

Sammi Cohen, director of the comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, just isn’t right here for critics of Adam Sandler’s choice to solid his personal daughters within the film.

“Sandler has a status for making motion pictures together with his mates, and that’s one thing all of us wish to do,” Cohen informed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview revealed on Tuesday, August 29. “What I say is, he’s nonetheless making motion pictures together with his mates, however they’re his children. He’s the form of dad who’s additionally your finest buddy.”

Cohen went on to dismiss the talk surrounding nepo infants, noting that Sandler, 56, has lengthy been the sort to solid individuals he is aware of in his tasks. “On the subject of the type of chatter we’re listening to on-line, I don’t actually assume twice about it, as a result of I’m going like, ‘Yeah, he’s doing the identical factor he’s all the time finished,’” Cohen defined.

Adam and spouse Jackie Sandler’s two daughters — Sadie, 17, and Sunny, 14 — are the younger stars of You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, which debuted on Netflix final month. The movie relies on Fiona Rosenbloom’s younger grownup novel of the identical identify and follows two mates who’re planning their bat mitzvahs on the similar time. Sunny performs Stacy, one of many women , whereas Sadie stars as her sister and Adam performs the ladies’ dad. Jackie, 48, additionally seems because the mom of Stacy’s buddy Lydia (Samantha Lorraine).

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In line with Cohen, Sunny and Sadie had been already hooked up to the venture when she got here on board to direct. Critics might imagine they landed their elements solely due to their well-known dad, however Cohen needs viewers to know that the teenagers actually put within the work.

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“They’ve had roles in different motion pictures, and so they’re aware of being on set, however one factor that simply stands out — they work more durable than most adults I do know,” she informed THR. “They love performing and filmmaking typically. They take such an curiosity in how the film is made, and so they’re each so proficient.”

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Sandler, for his half, additionally wasn’t afraid to provide his daughters notes once they wanted assist nailing their scenes. “I might say he’s coach,” Cohen defined. “He is aware of when to push; he is aware of when to take a step again. He simply understands make film, and he’s one of many funniest, kindest human beings.”

In actual life, each Sadie and Sunny had tremendous lavish bat mitzvahs. For Sadie’s, Adam pulled some strings to have Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine carry out on the celebration. Sunny, in the meantime, handled her mates to mini concert events by Halsey and Charlie Puth. Well-known attendees included Taylor Lautner, Peyton Record and Adam’s BFF Jennifer Aniston.

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah is now streaming on Netflix.