DIR: Sean Anders • WRI: David Caspe • PRO: Allen Covert, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry , Adam Sandler • DOP: Brandon Trost • ED: Tom Costain • DES: Aaron Osborne • CAST: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon
That’s My Boy is both mind-numbing and coarse. The only positive aspect to the film is the gradual bonding of the father Donny (Sandler) and Todd (Samberg). Other than that there is nothing creative or original about this film – Sandlers latest instalment to a long list of unscrupulous movies. It stinks of been there done that; but not in respect to the activities of the film, it’s more just a new version of his last movie which wears a little thin and is pretty dull.
Written by David Caspe and directed by Sean Anders, this is another of Sandler’s characters classic examples of a wild teenager abused by his peers as in many of his previous roles e.g. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore. It makes one wonder how these films see the light of day and pull in any profit, Sandler can be classed as a bit of a Zoolander, a one-look wonder.
Although underneath all the bravado it’s plain to see all Donny was short of was a mother’s love and his own father wasn’t the greatest role model – is this a dig at the social system?
Donny (Sandler) starts out wanting to use his son Todd (Andy Samberg) as a get out of jail free card but then realises his son’s happiness comes first as he teaches his adult son Todd to ride a bike for the first time; And later weaning him off his comforter – a spare pair of underpants which he keeps tucked in his waistband due to the fact that his father forgot to pick him up from school and he pooped himself. Finally embracing and telling Todd he loves him puts an empathic spin on the film, however very quickly the tone is lowered yet again as a drunk Vanilla Ice urinates like a fountain in the bushes before Todd makes love to his future wife’s wedding dress.
The film in general is poor taste and a classic example of Hollywood’s effect on modern cinema. This film is smeared with smut and is not for the faint-hearted.
Rated 16 (see IFCO website for details)
That’s My Boy is released on 7th September 2012