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By AMELIA GOLDSTEIN, Palm Harbor University High
Though Adam Sandler is an equal opportunity entertainer (or offender, depending upon your sensibilities), his animated movie Eight Crazy definitely appeals to a Jewish audience. Even though many non-Jews count this holiday classic among their favorites, here is a little guide — from a Jewish perspective — for getting even more enjoyment out of the movie.
1. Many Jews like to eat Chinese food on Christmas and Christmas Eve. It’s often the only place open, which is why Davey is sitting in The China Dragon.
2. Basketball is so important in this film because in 1934 the most anticipated game in college basketball was between New York University and City College of New York. Both teams had, out of 10 starters, nine Jews on the court. Theses players changed basketball history.
3. The young Davey sports very big hair. The stereotypical hairstyle is called the Jew fro.
4. The dance basketball coach Whitey does during the banquet is a quirky little move I have seen lots of kids do at Bar and Bat mitzvahs; dance is an expression of joy for Jews.
5. When the bus tires blow out, the driver says, “One thumbtack blew out eight of my back tires.” That alludes to the story of Hanukkah, when one night’s worth of oil lasted for eight nights.
6. The song Davey sings after Whitey doesn’t win a community award he had hoped for has the cadence of prayers chanted during Jewish services.
7. Sanctuaries are decorated like palaces because they are considered God’s house. So when Eleanor exclaims that the mall looks like a sanctuary, it’s because of how gorgeous it looks.
8. The “Bum biddy biddy biddy bum” refrain to Sandler’s song about Whitey being so deserving sounds like the chants sung by little kids who can’t y pronounce the Hebrew words properly.