This Brand-New Adam Sandler Flick Just Became the #1 Movie on Netflix—and It’s a Musical

An unexpected turn from the comedian

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Still from 'Leo.'

When we think of Adam Sandler, 57, we often imagine his comedic roles in movies like Big Daddy and Grown Ups, or his dramatic turns in flicks like Uncut Gems and Hustle. However, the actor has taken a complete left turn with his latest flick, Leo, where he flexes his musical chops.

The new animated musical comedy premiered on Netflix on Tuesday, November 21, where it quickly shot into the top spot on the site's list of most-watched movies during the holiday weekend. Check out the trailer below.

What is Leo about? Well, we follow our titular reptile, Leo, who has been a class pet alongside his friend Squirtle the turtle for many years. The 70-something tuatara feels resigned to his life, that is, until he hears a parent call him old. Then, Leo realizes he wants to start taking risks.

So, when he gets brought home by one of the students, Leo decides to reveal that he can talk and he ends up giving helpful advice to the fifth grader. Before he knows it, all of the students want to take him home and ask him for advice, and Leo realizes that he's making a difference in their lives. However, things get complicated when Squirtle becomes jealous of all the attention focused on Leo.

Sandler voices the character of Leo and sings a few tracks for the film, including “Lizard’s Lament” and “Don't Cry.” Meanwhile, Bill Burr portrays Squirtle. Other major celebs who round out the voice cast include Cecily Strong (Mrs. Malkin), Jason Alexander (Dr. Jay Wenger), Rob Schneider (Principal Spahn), Allison Strong (Mrs. Salinas) and Jo Koy (Coach Komura).

Meanwhile, both of Sandler's daughters, Sadie and Sunny, are part of the cast as well, with the teens voicing the characters of Jayda and Summer, respectively.

Seems like the perfect film to enjoy with the whole family. Leo is rated PG and has a running time of 106 minutes.

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