The Wrong Missy

David Spade and Lauren Lapkus in 'The Wrong Missy.' (Katrina Marcinowski/Netflix)
David Spade and Lauren Lapkus in 'The Wrong Missy.' (Katrina Marcinowski/Netflix)


2/5 Stars


Disaster strikes when a man invites his dream girl to an island resort - but a previous blind date shows up instead.


The Wrong Missy is the latest offering from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company – and you can tell. The slapdash romantic comedy was mildly entertaining and relied solely on a few funny scenes and the comedic stylings of one star. But if you're a fan of Adam Sandler and his band of misfits, you'll probably enjoy this Netflix film.

It starts with Tim (David Spade) going on a disastrous blind date with Melissa, aka, Missy (Lauren Lapkus), which eventually sees him escape through a bathroom window and break his foot. Classic Adam Sandler. Anyway, Tim clearly seems unlucky in love, until he meets another Melissa (Molly Sims) in the airport who he just seems to click with. They exchange numbers, and he eventually invites her along on a business retreat to Hawaii.

It may not be the same island as in Just Go With It, but you get the Adam Sandlerness. Sarah Chalke plays Julia from Tim's past, who also just happens to be going on the same business trip. And to make matters worse, Missy sits down on the plane next to Tim for the island getaway and, alas, turns out he's been sexting, you guessed it, the wrong Missy!

Stuck in Hawaii with his ex and his new Missy while competing with a colleague for a new position, puts Tim in a few tricky situations, but makes for a few hilarious scenes. In one he had to impress his boss by going shark cage diving when Missy throws up in the water above them. An already scared Tim kicks his boss in the face while underwater and the blood comes gushing out. Of course, this attracts the sharks, but everyone above board is none the wiser. And to top it all off, Rob Schneider makes an appearance with his latest undistinguishable accent.

It's these scenes that make up most of the film; otherwise, it's pretty much predictable, riddled with Adam Sandler's movies tropes and clichés and a storyline that doesn't have much depth. The characters also have very little development, and even though David Spade's subdued, middle-aged man looking for love is different to any of his usual roles, he was just as boring as that character description sounds. 

The real star of the film was Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is The New Black, The Big Bang Theory) who, despite also having a character with little to no character development who went from 100 to 0 real quick, played the wrong girl just right. I appreciated the fact that she wasn't just there as a love interest for the romantic aspect of the film and instead provided all the laughs. Her scenes weren't pretty; they were hilarious. And she pretty much just distinguished herself as a comedic actress in giving this film the life it needed.

With that, The Wrong Missy isn't one of those movies I'd save for a movie night – snacks and all. But it's not the worst watch when you just need some mindless entertainment. And it is quite entertaining; I'll give you that. Classic Adam Sandler.



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