His character: A variation on the tetchy monster (arrogant, egotistical, a disinterested family man) that Adam Sandler usually favors in his comedies. How mean? The camera stays about two inches from Murphy's hyperactive face, and you start to see the strain and desperation in his eyes. Without Murphy saying a word, his reaction shots say: I am in trouble here, yet I remain a big bad wolf of comedy. I will huff and puff and get a laugh. Somehow.