Is Adam Sandler Serious With That’s My Boy?
It’s happening again, ladies and gentlemen. What, you ask? Seemingly every year, Adam Sandler makes an awesomely bad movie. These films are usually complete with slapstick humor and largely improbable plots and premises that bring out the awkward 13-year-old in all of us. Sexuality, nonsensical dialogue that comes out of nowhere… it’s all in the repertoire for the Sandman.
He’s back at it this summer with his latest offering, That’s My Boy. In case you haven’t already heard, this film follows a young man who was conceived by his teenage father and a scandalous schoolteacher.
That’s right, we’re starting out by hamming it up about a topic that pervades our culture – to an alarming extent these days – school pedophilia.
Of course, the father, played by Sandler, wasn’t much of a father because he was too young to know how to be. Despite this, the son grows up to be a responsible… stiff of a hedge fund manager, played by Andy Samberg. Singer Ciara and comedian Luenell are also featured in the film.
Dad reaches out to son because he needs money to avoid prison time for tax evasion, and the two try to make up for lost time – just in time for his son’s wedding. It turns out something like this.
As if the premise weren’t bad enough on its own merit, this is largely recycled material for Sandler.
Seriously, what is it with this guy and present yet useless fathers? He actually did this fairly well in the pretty funny Big Daddy. No need to do it again, unless he changes his shtick.
The obviously gross one-liners can only do so much. The real laughs, especially in films, come from subtlety and wit, not from the sophomoric stuff that could’ve been written in a junior high bathroom.
Unfortunately, this pretty much promises to be more of the same, which means two things:
- There will be a few touching moments that seem to point to an underlying message;
- People will go to see this movie in droves, and it will make at least double its budget in profits.
This just about always happens in a Sandler flick, as the man has the formula down and I’m not mad at him. That said, That’s My Boy drops in time for Father’s Day and if you really love your Dad, this might not be the movie.