Part of the actor and producer's deal with the streaming giant, the coming-of-age comedy stars Sandler's real-life daughter Sunny as protagonist Stacy Friedman, who dreams of having an epic bat mitzvah with her best friend Lydia Rodriguez Katz (Samantha Lorraine).
Things get sour when Stacy sees Lydia kissing her school crush, with middle-school drama ensuing and threatening their friendship and their rite of passage.
An adaptation of YA novel You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah by Fiona Rosenbloom, the film is directed by Sammi Cohen from a screenplay by Alison Peck.
Sandler serves as producer and also plays Stacy's father Danny, while Frozen star Idina Menzel portrays Stacy's mother Bree. Sandler's real-life eldest daughter Sadie and wife Jackie play Ronnie Friedman and Gabi Rodriguez Katz, respectively.
Critics are hailing the film as a fresh tale of friendship that has the potential to become iconic for younger audiences. Though the score on the review aggregator website may change once more reviews come in, it is currently sitting at 100% with five reviews.
Let's take a look at what critics had to say about Sandler's latest.
"Fortunately, the rampant nepotism on display has resulted in a sweet, amusing film geared toward younger audiences, who will best relate to the main character's personal travails as she prepares for the film's main event."
"Playing like a cross between Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and John Hughes' Sixteen Candles in scale, scope and sound without being derivative, its characters, conflicts and conundrums are filled with potent, earned emotions."
"Invite someone over to watch You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah for the breakthrough performance from Sunny Sandler and relatable teenage drama."
"Eighth-grade drama is universal, so You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah should appeal to people at any age in any family. It is the kind of movie that can stick with young viewers and have them quote it for the rest of their lives."
"This film works as well it does because it is so grounded in the realities of this particular teen world and the TikTok generation."
You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah stars streaming on Netflix on August 25.
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