For years, people have noticed the similarities between Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The SNL alums share the same face structure, hair color, height, even their names sound alike. So it was only a matter of time before they joined forces for a film. In That’s My Boy, they play an unlikely father-son duo who try to repair their strained relationship.
- Director: Sean Anders
- Writer: David Caspe
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanilla Ice, Blake Clark, Meagen Fay, Will Forte, Peggy Stewart, Tony Orlando, James Caan, Luenell, Ciara, Nick Swardson
- Director of Photography: Brandon Trost
- Original Music By: Rupert Gregson-Williams
As a teen, Donny Berger (Adam Sandler) had an affair with his math teacher, which resulted in a child. The mother, Ms. McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino) was imprisoned, leaving her son Todd (Andy Samberg) in the care of her underage lover. Young Donny proved to be a terrible parent, so once Todd became an adult he broke all ties with his dad. Years later, Donny is in trouble with the IRS and needs his son’s help. He owes thousands of dollars, and believes Todd is his saving grace. Will Donny be able to patch up things up in time to gain Todd’s trust and money?
- Casting: Sandler’s known for casting veteran actors and performers in unconventional roles. That’s My Boy features throwback entertainers like Vanilla Ice and Todd Bridges, who happily play satirical versions of themselves. While Tony Orlando and James Caan star as a horny businessman and hot-headed priest. They definitely follow in the footsteps of Bob Barker (Happy Gilmore) and Darren McGavin (Billy Madison). And provide the film’s most entertaining moments.
- Donny’s Persona: Everything about Donny Berger is over the top. He’s a walking reminder of everything we hated about the ’80s. His mullet, his clothes and bad taste in music bring back terrible memories. And his exaggerated New England accent is hard to take. It’s difficult to follow and root for a character that’s so irritating.
- Gross-out Moments: When Sandler produces an R-rated movie, he pulls out all the stops. He’ll go as far as the MPAA will let him. But there’s a difference between gross-out comedy and tasteless gags. We won’t spoil it for you, but there’s a scene featuring Leighton Meester and someone else’s bodily fluid. Use your imagination.
- Character Cut-out: All of Sandler’s characters are starting to bleed into one. Donny Berger has elements of Billy Madison, Sonny Koufax and even Robbie Hart (Look at that hair! ). With the exception of his family situation, not much sets Donny apart. He’s a very forgettable addition to Sandler’s movie arsenal.
That’s My Boy is filled with cheap and juvenile laughs. It’s not Sandler’s best, but it’s definitely not his worst. It’s nowhere near as disturbing as Jack and Jill because it does provide some shades of entertainment. But despite its extremely talented cast, That’s My Boy is still mediocre at best.
The Rating: 4/10
That’s My Boy opens in theaters nationwide June 15.
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Will you be seeing That’s My Boy this weekend?