Runtime: 116 minutes
Rated: R (for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language,
and drug use)
Director: Sean Anders
Writer: David Caspe
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester
Regrettably, another Adam Sandler movie is upon us in That’s My Boy, a dirty, shameless, perfectly raunchy comedy that has him screwing 80-year-old ladies and expecting us to like it.
And along for the ride with him this time is Andy Samberg who plays his son. And yes, he gets pulled under, too, despite making us say: “Hey, he really looks like he could be Sandler’s son!” At least they got something right.
We meet Sandler’s “Donny Berger” in the 1980s as a child (Justin Weaver) where in 7th grade, he is taken advantage of by a sexual predator teacher named “Mrs. McGarricle” (Eva Amurri Martino) resulting in his becoming a father at a very early age. More than that, rather than being repulsed at what happened, Donny becomes a tabloid sensation, rocketing him to the league of Corey Feldman, and later, Vanilla Ice. Everyone, including most adults, love this act of sexual abuse by a teacher and high-five each other over how cool it is (but it's not like we take any story signed off on by Sandler seriously, anyways).
But before we know it, Donny is grown up, having become (as we knew would happen) a has-been—broke and owning the IRS tons of money. He’s also an alcoholic and a rotten father (big surprise!), which is why his son and product of the statutory rape has distanced himself from him and made a life of his own.
And that doesn’t begin to express the gritty, filthy details that are all wrapped up in a plot with lots of star power to go with the unexpectedly outrageous. But That’s My Boy is, believe it or not, a step up when compared with the last few Sandler flicks.
Among a great many films today fighting for an audience despite grievous shortcomings, this one throws in 80s nostalgia (something else for the target audience to sigh over and reflect on while letting slide the lack of real, clever humor). So it isn’t a success, but as stated, this is a +1 among Sandler’s recent ventures. And lo and behold, we do laugh a few good times.
Regardless of why, this is more of a guilty pleasure than a movie looking to earn its stripes, and if you dig Adam Sandler films, you ought to treat it as such.