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November 21

Who could forget their class pet from school? Maybe it was the furry hamster that everyone wanted to hold or the snake that escaped its tank and is probably still slithering through the school vents to this day.

Quickly approaching his final year of life, an ancient class pet lizard named Leo has a midlife crisis at the ripe old age of 74. After deciding to leave his cage for good, he unexpectedly falls into a different calling — acting as therapist to the peculiar fifth-grade students in his classroom. Adam Sandler stars in and co-wrote the animated musical comedy Leo, which encompasses the formative final year of elementary school — as seen through the eyes of a lizard.

Directed by Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel, and David Wachtenheim, Leo was produced by Sandler’s company, Happy Madison, and was written by Sandler, Smigel, and Paul Sado. The film’s also a family affair — Sandler’s wife, Jackie, and his daughters, Sunny and Sadie, voice characters in the film.

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