Review: THAT’S MY BOY

By Aaron Delgado

Rating: 2 (Out of 5 Stars)

Recent history will prove Adam Sandler has been striking out film after film maybe since Big Daddy.  Some will even say as far back as Happy Gilmore.  I for one I’m not too harsh on the guy.  He does have some classic funny/romantic movies, such as, The Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, Spanglish and 50 First Dates under his belt, all great popcorn movies to me.  With That’s my Boy, he attempts to bring back the old Adam Sandler we all enjoy and have missed for quite some time.  And surprisingly, he succeeds in this grotesquely funny and somewhat entertaining movie.

For this one, he pairs up with Adam Sandberg to deliver one of his nastiest productions to date.  If you ask me, there is nothing wrong with a raunchy and nasty movie, especially when it’s not pretending to be something it is not.  I’m sure we all love a well balanced dramatic, comical and smart Appatow film, but sometimes I just want to go to a movie and have some good laughs and a good time, which was exactly my experience with That’s my Boy.  Audiences know what they are getting into when they step into a theater about to show a Happy Madison production.  We don’t walk into a McDonald’s expecting our big mac to taste any different than the last time we ate one.

And that’s what Sandler is all about.  In he’s newest adventure he plays the part of Donny,” worst dad of the decade”, and throughout the movie, he demonstrates his one dimensional character he seems to always deliver. Nevertheless, he does it with his usual laid back, charming personality we all grew up liking.  In his endeavors throughout the film, he impregnates a woman in an oddly unusual situation, which for some would represent the dream come true; he gets in trouble with the IRS, he loses his son, and the love of his life is serving a 30-year prison sentence.  Donny spent most of his life living like a child star, enjoying the attention and riches of celebrity life and publicity for what I think is one of the few surprises, if any, the plot delivers.

Sandberg plays his estranged son who hates him so much he makes up the story that his parents died.  Donny tries to reconnect with him when he finds out he has less than a week to come up with a large amount of money or else he is looking to serve a 3 year sentence for evading taxes.  Todd, whose real name is one of the most ridiculous but funny names ever in a character, eventually tries to reconnect with his dad and little by little he starts warming up to Donny until, yes, predictably, a big debacle unfolds a in quest of adventures where laughter abounds, that and some grotesque moments that go over the edge, even for a Sandler film.

The movie lacks a heart, usually the main ingredient in Sandler’s films, as do absurd ridiculous situations which dominate the plot from start to finish.  Obviously, the film is neither the perfect comedic gem, nor a classic in an age where slapstick and raunchy comedy have been guided into a different direction.  This feels a bit like an antique. I am not saying it isn’t funny, or that it is one of Adam Sandler’s classic comedies, but it’s also far from the worst. Most of all, I was looking to have a good time with it and surprisingly, that is what I got.  Fans of a raunchy and nasty comedy should to go see it, and those who enjoy the always immature personality of Adam Sandler will not come out of it disappointed.

 

 

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