Adam Sandler writes adorable cameos for his wife and kids into his movies

Darcy Rafter September 9, 2022
Adam Sandler writes adorable cameos for his wife and kids into his movies
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What many don’t know about Adam Sandler is that his co-stars often consist of his inner circle, that’s because he just loves to cast his friends and family in his movies.

Sandler created a film production company, Happy Madison Productions, in 1999. The company was named as a blend of two of Sandler’s hit movies, Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. Since the outset, Happy Madison has paved the way for successful comedies and as Sandler is the boss, he makes the rules, meaning his family is often cast.

His daughters and his actress wife, Jacqueline, have all received cameos in what are probably some of your favourite films. Seen as some of their features are blink or you’ll miss it moments, let’s break down what films Sandler’s family members have starred in.

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Adam Sandler writes adorable cameos for his family

Big Daddy kicked off Sandler’s tradition of being in the cast with his family without even knowing it. Jackie got a small role in the film as a waitress meaning the couple met on set and instantly hit it off. They were dating by the time the film was released in 1999.

Bedtime Stories was Adam Sandler’s first proper film where he got his family involved. Sandler’s daughter, Sadie, appeared alongside him when she was nearly two years old, in the role of the “Sweetest Medieval Girl of All Time.” Jackie also appears in the movie as Lady Jacqueline.

That’s My Boy follows Donny Berger (Sandler) who is a middle-aged alcoholic trying to rekindle his relationship with his adult son. The movie features Jackie as a masseuse, and his daughters, Sunny and Sadie, appear in the movie as children running a local lemonade stand.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is Sandler’s first-ever Happy Madison production. Whilst he didn’t appear in the production, his wife Jackie appeared in her first starring role as Sally. The film follows Deuce Bigalow, an aquarium cleaner, who is forced to become a male prostitute to repay the man whose house he ruins when looking after his fish.

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Sadie and Sunny get their own cameos

Another family-filled flick is The Do-Over which follows Max and Charlie (Sandler and David Spade) as they decide to fake their deaths and start over with new identities. Jackie appears in the film portraying Joan, and Sadie and Sunny play Auto Store Lou’s daughters, Sally and Daisy.

The Benchwarmers are a group of teens who dream of becoming Major League Baseball players, but when given the chance to make their aspirations come true, they decide to form a baseball team to compete against Little League teams. Jackie Sandler makes a cameo in the movie as “Female Customer,” and Sandler’s nephew Jared makes an appearance as the “Autograph Kid.”

Next up was Just Go With It, Danny (Sandler) decides to tell every woman he hooks up with that he’s married to avoid getting any more hurt. Although, he realizes this was a mistake when he meets the woman of his dreams. Jackie Sandler plays Veruca, Danny’s ex-fiance, while his cousin, Jana Sandler, also appears as one of Jackie’s bridesmaids.

Then there was The Ridiculous 6 which is a western comedy following six half-brothers searching for their dad. The film stars Sandler’s wife, Jackie, as Never Wears Bra, and his nephew, Jared, as Babyface Patch.

In the film Little Nicky, Adam Sandler plays the titular role of Nicky, and his wife Jackie appears in the movie playing the role of an angel named Jenna, one of Nicky’s mother’s right-hand angels. Nicky is the son of the devil who has to stop his brothers from creating a new hell on Earth by saving his father.

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Sandler’s wife and nephew make regular appearances

50 First Dates follows Henry Roth who discovers that the girl of his dreams, Lucy, has short-term memory loss. He then decides to give her the best first date he can, every day. Jackie Sandler makes a brief appearance in the film as a dentist who Henry had been on a date with.

Grown Ups follows five former friends and their families who reunite on holiday. Jackie, Sunny, and Sadie all appear in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 as the wife and children of Tardio (Riche Minervini), a rival of the original friendship group.

Jack & Jill sees both of the movie’s lead roles played by Adam Sandler. As a Happy Madison production Both Sadie and Sunny make appearances in cameos as little girls playing mini golf on the cruise ship that Jack & Jill’s family are on.

Jackie Sandler appears in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star as a casting director who was at one of Bucky’s auditions for a macaroni and cheese commercial, it didn’t go down so well…

Blended follows the story of two families that come together after being forced to share a holiday package. Jackie and Sunny appear in small roles playing a Hollywood Stepmom and a Wall Street Stepdaughter. Sadie and her grandmother, Judith Sandler, also appear as the Little League Announcer and her grandmother.

Jackie Sandler bags a lead role

The Wrong Missy follows Tim Morris (David Spade) who invites Missy on a work break but he texted the wrong Missy and actually invited one of his previous blind dates. Jackie plays a lead role in the movie as “The Barracuda,”. Jared Sandler also appears as Stuart. Sadie and Sunny make cameos playing Lobby Strong Sadie and Sunny.

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Hotel Transylvania is an animated movie which follows Count Dracula and his business. Jackie Sandler voices Martha, the late wife of Count Dracula, and Sadie Sandler voices both Winnie and young Mavis.

Murder Mystery, New York City follows policeman Nick Spitz and his wife, Audrey who get framed for the murder of an old billionaire. Jackie Sandler appears in the role of the Great Looking Flight Attendant, while Sunny and Sadie play children Brittany and Summer.

Adam Sandler’s Pixels follows the tale of an arcade game that got sent to space as part of a time capsule but gets misread by aliens as a declaration of war. Jackie Sandler plays the role of Jennifer, the assistant of the President of the United State and Jared Sandler is the White House Junior Aide. Sunny and Sadie appear as sweet Girl Scout and Lemonade Sadie.

Hubie Halloween follows Hubie Dubois who tries to save the day when a mysterious entity threatens to ruin his town’s Halloween celebrations. Jackie appears in the film as the journalist Tracy Phillips, whilst Sadie plays the role of Danielle, and Sunny portrays Cooky.

Home Team is based on the true story of NFL coach Sean Payton. Jackie Sandler plays Beth, Sean’s ex-wife. Sunny plays Brooke, who boys on the team have the hots for and Jared Sandler appears as Eric, a hotel desk employee.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.