Review: ‘That’s My Boy’ Keeps Things Amateur
By Michael Lopez
Fresh off the widely-panned Jack & Jill, Adam Sandler has a lot to prove with his new movie, That’s My Boy. Will it further plunge his comedy credibility into the depths of Razziehood, or could this be his saving grace? Truthfully Boy does neither, as it’s not terrible, though hardly compelling.
What we have with this latest Adam outing is just more mediocrity. Thankfully the Sand Man isn’t donning any wigs and dresses this time out, but we still get a lead character whose boorish accent and cheap one-liners rarely hit their mark.
For That’s My Boy, Adam plays Donny Berger, a wisecracking Boston thug whose claim to fame was impregnating his teacher while in middle school. Believe it or not, that premise starts out pretty witty and has a lot of fun satirizing those inappropriate classroom “relationships.”
Flash forward 25 years and you’ve got Donny the washout desperately trying to connect with his straight-laced son (played by Andy Samberg). In need of quick cash, Donny crashes junior’s wedding weekend and, you guessed it, hilarity ensues.
Though this movie has plenty of the Sandler same old same old (SNL cameos, cheesy 80’s songs, bathroom jokes), we credit his production team for upping things into R-rated territory. Old school Adam fans will appreciate that he’s distanced himself from the family-friendly humor of his last few outings, bringing back the raunch of classics like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison.
But even so, That’s My Boy is still not a good movie. The plot is predictable, the gags feel stale and the usually reliable Samberg seems greatly underused. So on the Adam Sandler scale it’s a plus, but compared to everything else out there, not so much.
Bottom line: These days it seems like you have to take Adam Sandler movies with a grain of salt. They’re never going to be esteemed classics, but they usually have their moments. That’s My Boy is probably one of his better outings as of late, but that’s still not saying very much.
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