Capone found THAT'S MY BOY to be a great R-rated return to form for Adam Sandler!!!
Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
When Adam Sandler steps out of his wheelhouse of PG-13 silly comedies (some of which are quite funny), great things can happen. He may have made more R-rated movies than PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, FUNNY PEOPLE, and his latest, THAT'S MY BOY, but those three films are among his finest efforts, even when they aren't designed for nonstop laughs. The good news for his old-school fans is that That's My Boy more or less is designed for the HAPPY GILMORE and BILL MADISON set. Sandler's got a goofy version of a Boston accent, and the movie is wall-to-wall jokes, most of which reach a level of giggle-worthy filth that Sandler has never attempted or achieved.
In the film, Sandler plays Donny, who was seduced in his early teens by his teacher and fathered a baby named Todd (played as an adult by Andy Samberg). In the early scenes of Donny as a boy, the joke is that no one really thinks a crime has been committed since the teacher (Eva Amurri Martino) is so hot, and the kids becomes a big celebrity at an early age. But this life-long screw-up does such a terrible job raising his child that when Todd turns 18, he leaves his home never wanting to see his dad again.
As Donny gets older, his celebrity fades and he ends up in serious trouble with the IRS, which is threatening to toss him in jail if he doesn't pay back taxes. A tabloid TV show promises to cover his debt if he can arrange a meeting between himself, Todd and Todd's mother in jail (she got 30 years for sexing up a consenting minor), so Donny goes to reunite with Todd on the weekend that just happen to be when he's getting married to Jamie (Leighton Meester).
The crass, beer-guzzling Donny doesn't exactly fit in with the upscale crowd that is in town for the wedding, some of whom are staying with Todd's boss (played quite humorously by Tony Orlando...let that one sink in a bit), but he manages to charm his way into coming to the wedding. Todd has told everyone that his parents were dead, so Donny must pretend he's Todd's best friend, and eventually best man.
Aside from just populating THAT'S MY BOY with funny supporting players (Will Forte, Rachel Dratch), unfunny supporting players (Nick Swardson), and bizarre supporting players, such as James Caan as a priest and Vanilla Ice as one of Donny's best friends from his youth in a role that should not work, but it somehow does, primarily because Vanilla Ice has no dignity when it comes to comedy. What transpires in the movie are a series of largely tasteless acts featuring underwritten characters doing depraved things, yet somehow it all mostly works.
I'll admit it, I laughed my ass off during this two-hour act of vulgarity, came close to puking a few times, and was thoroughly entertained by this chaotic mess of a comedy. It feels a bit like Sandler, writer David Caspe (creator of the funny TV show "Happy Endings"), and director Sean Anders (director of SEX DRIVE and co-writer of HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, working with Sandler for the first time) have taken a kitchen-sink approach to the humor, but most of it lands.
Sandler has a lot to make up for. His last two films, JUST GO WITH IT and the abysmal JACK & JILL, still suck, and what he's got lined up (a GROWN-UPS sequel and a valet comedy with Kevin James and Kevin Hart) don't look nearly as promising, but here's hoping he goes back to his depraved roots. And bring back Vanilla Ice; that old dog may still have a little life in him yet. If you can handle the grotesque, THAT'S MY BOY could be right up your alley.
-- Steve Prokopy
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June 15, 2012, 3:47 a.m. CST
Capone is one of the very few left on the site that isn't a complete retard or obviously cashing a very large check for some happy word (Harry), or if he is he does a pretty good job of it. The previews were eh, but it looked to be "classic" Sandler, if the term classic even applies to him. Either way, as long as it isn't Jack and Jill 2 I'm alright.
June 15, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST
Thank you for saying I'm not a complete retard. It means a lot. I totally understand anyone's hesitancy with this one, but it is solid stuff.
June 15, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST
everyone gets pissed at how lazy Sandler has become in his success, but when he finally gets pissed at someone he knocks them the fuck out proving that he's still got it
June 15, 2012, 4:30 a.m. CST
Although admittedly I agree Capones views are one of the only credible things left on this site. <p> Some of the other contributors that bombard the main page with non-descript articles copied and pasted from other sites are so vanilla in their praise and criticism they may as well work for some shitty entertainment puff piece that places like Yahoo Entertainment and MSN pimp out. <p> IM TRYING SO HARD TO BE A CREDIBLE MOVIE JOURNALIST DAMMIT, LISTEN TO MEEEEEE
June 15, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST
I'd love to see Happy Gilmore-standard comedy again from Sandler (though most of it came from Shooter McGavin & Richard Kiel) but something tells me you may have been stoned watching this Cap. I had a similar reaction at a screening of The Dictator a few weeks ago where I was the only one laughing in the entire theatre (yes, that film was dire too but I didn't care at the time).
June 15, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST
by the barking dog
The "classic" Adam Sandler movies were always PG-13 - Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, Little Nicky. Now, his comedy albums? Sure, those were R worthy, but don't confuse those with his movies. I guess the exception was Bulletproof, but Damon Wayans got top billing, so it doesn't count.
June 15, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST
At first I thought the trailer was a spoof on Sandler movies. This rehashed garbage is for real.
June 15, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
Why post in a forum about a person's films you never watch. Sad act.
June 15, 2012, 5:47 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST
Suggests he was once not complete turd. This is a lie.
June 15, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST
High praise. Don't let it go to your head.
June 15, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST
I mean, that's highly doubtful, but just think what the fuck you're funding with Happy Dumbfuck Productions or whatever it's called.
June 15, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST
I'm sorry I just think his movies have sucked immensely as of late. I mean even his movies that failed (Little Nicky comes to mind) was at least mildly entertaining. I think Waterboy was the last one he did I found hilarious. After that it was one horrible movie after the other. So I can wait on this one.
June 15, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
I have not enjoyed an Adam Sandler movie since 50 First Dates and the one he did with Don Cheadle. I don't know which came later. Also, I saw through Punch Drunk Love, and found it one of the most boring movies ever. That's my take. Also, I was disappointed because when he filmed a movie in my hometown it was one of my least favorite. However, kudos to Sandler for taking time to hang out with the local kids at the park and shoot some hoops.
June 15, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST
This movie does look like a great, stupid comedy, but I just can't get past the fact that the set-up is statutory rape. If Sandler had played the teacher and the relationship was with an early-teens female, it would be a Todd Solondz movie instead of a "return-to-form" comedy. Enjoy it if you can, but I can't get over the fact that "the joke is that no one really thinks a crime has been committed since the teacher (Eva Amurri Martino) is so hot."
June 15, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST
I have a hard time believing that you actually think that Capone! You are usually spot on. I can see Rock of Ages being mediocre at best...but liking this new Adam Sandler movie? What were smoking when you watched it?
June 15, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST
FUCK THIS SELLOUT SANDLERCLUSTERFUCK UP HIS JEW ASS! and no he's not funny
June 15, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST
this guy was gung-ho for Transformers Dark of the Moon.
June 15, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
up there with Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Wedding Singer. Low-brow, all the way, but if you like any of those movies you'll be laughing throughout.
June 15, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . I can't put money in Sandler's pocket, but Capone's plot rundown makes me very interested. I'd be running to see this opening weekend if it were . . . uhh . . . 1999.
June 15, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST
by I Hope You Die
But is it aware of how crass it is or is it as utterly clueless as capone's "sexing up a consenting minor" sentence implies? I mean, fine if it's a commentary on the fact that people give female child rapists a break - that could be satirical fun - but if it's just assuming that female child rape is awesome, then fuck it.
June 15, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST
cheerleader and produce a child. That would be so funny.
June 15, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST
by Ultron ver 2.0
....I could live with that if Channing Tatum is the teacher.
June 15, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST
Then he chooses to cater to the basest of the base (of which I think he belongs) by doing his typical schtick with that retarded voice. God I wanna punch him
June 15, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST
I guess your all a bunch of punk teens who weren't even born when Sandler was in his prime. His movies were some of the best comedies to come out of the 90's and into the 00's. I'm not defending any of the shit he's come out with recently and I was convince that he would never be funny again. Then this trailer hit and I thought it looked very promising. Then after seeing a screening of this I'd say it has the potential to be the funniest movie of 2012. But what do I know. All of you people made Madagascar the #1 movie over Prometheus. So fuck what I know. If you were ever a fan of Sandler then you owe it to yourself to see this movie. If only to keep Sandler interested in R-rated raunchfests and away from Candlyland/Tonka movies. That's enough from the Tiki-man.
June 15, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST
No way in fucking hell this movie is any good. They couldn't even find enough material to make a decent 30 second commercial for it. Sandler fucking sucks balls!
June 15, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST
Farley had talent, Sandler has fuck all. Both he and Spade made careers by hovering around Farleys talent!
June 15, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST
by HalloweeN Ted
We attended a screening of this last week and, I have to agree with your review. It was nice to see "R rated Sandler" again.
June 15, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
Honestly - that thing must have been done on a dare or something...there's no WAY anyone could possibly think the public would want to see THAT. Eddie Murphy was bad enough. Men in drag is simply not funny. Ever. Unless it's like Patrick warburton. Then I might laugh. For a minute. I have to say I disagree on Just Go with It...I thought it was quite alright. Not great - his last really enjoyable movie was Click imo...but passable. I think the fact of the matter is that the guy is perceived a certain way by the public and by the movie industry - so he's only ever offered roles that are aiming at the teenage douchebag "brah" demographic. Kids too dumb to discern a freakish display of stupidity when they see it. And so, he signs on for whatever comes his way - and that leads to tripe like Jack and Jill. Maybe once in a while he realizes what he's doing and decides the next one he does will be screened better. Or maybe he just gets lucky with a good director or script. Either way, he needs to just stop accepting any piece of shit that is handed to him - even HE is better than THAT. Hitting his 50's isn't going to treat him well if he keeps making these movies - if it hasnt already begun to get sad, it certainly will when he begins to look older. A 58 year old man making poop and pee jokes is somehow a lot more sad than a 48 year old man doing the same. I'll give it a watch - because i can turn off my expectations switch, climb off the high horse, and enjoy a silly movie for the sake of it being silly. Unlike some people.
June 15, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST
...is the single best thing Sandler's done in a decade. That movie is fucking funny.
June 15, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST
i trust capone but not sandler
June 15, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST
What people will not be doing in the theaters this weekend.
June 15, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST
If they are fat and ugly, then it becomes "rape rape" as Whoopi would say.
June 15, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST
Don't get fooled again!
June 15, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST
oh yes, 'morons' jussayin
June 15, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST
But this review will get my ass in the seat. I haven't seen a decent non-mumblecore comedy(?) movie is a really long time. And because they're actually using decent directors for big budget movies, I'm hoodwinked into tent pole pictures... Anyway, I'm desperate, I'll go see this. Sex Drive was funny enough...
June 15, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST
Why would this movie get a pass but MIB 3 get a scathing review?
June 15, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST
by Steve Buss
I went to this movie expecting nothing, and laughed my ass off. Sure the humor is off-beat, rude and vulgar, but I guess thats what I like, and according to the laughs in the theater, hundreds of people got it also. It seems like the people giving this bad reviews should stick to watching dramatic comedies. I think they'll still be able to find 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' playing in selected theaters. --- Capone, wassup!
June 15, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST
But there is one sign that this may be good. NOT DIRECTED BY DENNIS DUGAN. The guy peaked with Happy Gilmore, and has sucked ever since.
June 15, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST
by Jack Desmondi
Just because Capone liked the movie he's on "Sandler's Payroll"? Fuck off
June 15, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST
One thing I must know...does father and son put aside their differences, and learn to love one another, perhaps even learning a life lesson along the way???
I MUST KNOW!! MY LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE!!
June 15, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST
by Mr. Pricklepants
June 15, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST
It's the same man-child fratboy retard douchbaggery with a few more crass sex jokes and "fucks"? Bite me, Adam Sandler. You obnoxious shit-for-brains. Fuck off and DIE!
June 15, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST
I was going to say Eddie Murphy, but then I remembered Murphy was extremely talented and made some great movies at one time in his career. Sandler and Lawrence on the other hand got less than nothing.
June 15, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST
Adam Sandler has a personal toilet, namely Dennis Dugan. When Adam needs to take shit, he opens Dennis Dugan's mouth and shits in his mouth. And then he wipes his ass with $100 bills.
by Mr. Pricklepants
June 15, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST
Fool me once, shame on you Fool me 14 times, shame on me
June 15, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST
you were drunk or high when you saw this, that's why you think it's so great. am i right?
June 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST
he hasn't been relevant since 1990. WTFF?
June 15, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST
by david starling
But Adam Sandler just pisses me right off. He's right up there with Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood, of people I wish would just fuck off and never come back!! RRRAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!?!!
June 15, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST
...but not because it was funny. Time to grow up, Adam.
June 15, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST
by Jet Jaguar
June 15, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST
You know what is sad?.....This will open around 35 - 40 million, and eventually make 100 million before the summers out.
Giving Sandler another hit to add to his list. Mark my words.
June 15, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST
I had a good feeling about this one, and now I understand why. All of you negative fucks need to shut your pieholes until we actually see this movie, because David Caspe is a funny motherfucker. Happy Endings is the best overall sitcom on tv right now and if you aren't watching it you are stupid and probably eat your own poo.
June 15, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST
this place has become a fucking sewer. I mean, aside from just a handful of talkbackers, AICN is the absolute nadir of intelligent film discussion on the internet. Everyone on here is a hater, a troll, a racist or a misogynistic asshole. What the hell happened? I used to love it here.
June 15, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST
...then you're part of the problem.
June 15, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST
"What transpires in the movie are a series of largely tasteless acts featuring underwritten characters doing depraved things, yet somehow it all mostly works."
Do fuck off.
June 15, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST
by ajit maholtra
June 15, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST
June 15, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST
by Leto III
Seriously...name one thing the guy has ever done in his career that could even remotely be termed "edgy." He takes absolutely zero risks, and the material he selects is always pandering, right-down-the-middle crap.
June 16, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST
by Obi Wanna Cannoli
June 17, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST
To me, it's dubious to tell anyone that if they enjoyed "old" Sandler, they'll enjoy this "return to form"... 1. The Billy Madison/Happy Gilmore stuff may have been the same schtick as this funny voiced, angry guy he keeps doing, but it was FRESH at the time. Whether you know it or not, that DOES count for something in the favor of those 90's films. 2. Those movies no doubt contained all of the jokes that Adam Sandler couldn't get on to SNL, wouldn't fit on his albums, and had been stewing around in his head for a while. In other words, as wacky and inconsequential as they seemed, he was actually INSPIRED to put effort into them. Whether "That's My Boy" has the same level of vulgarity or weirdness, it's always going to miss out on a young, invigorated Sandler with all kinds of fresh ideas. 3. They're a product of their time. There was a time when seeing cameos from failed SNL actors & Sandler's buddies had a novelty involved. We knew they were "less successful" than Sandler, but it was still funny to see them pop up. Over a decade later? It's become sad. It may be the same "type" of schtick, but it's also different, for a variety of reasons. Saddest of all, and for no fault of Sandler's, there's a point where things overstay their welcome. Beating up a mini-golf clown obstacle was funny in 1998, or whenever, but in 2012, we've seen it all before. What I do fault him for not finding a new passion in a different type of project, or, if this shit still IS his passion, for not putting seemingly any effort into it anymore.
June 17, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST
How much longer can we watch Rob Schneider's "you can do it" guy get wider and frumpier until it just depresses us all?
June 17, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
Wait, is this the Adam Sandler movie where he plays a 40-something Man Child who bangs a 20-something female lead, and he uses his own production company cause no one else will fund that shit?
Good, cause I was worried about him doing something original. ...
June 18, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST
I always thought it annoying when he plays characters that are cooler than he is. Women want him...guys want to be him...he had that a lot in these movies. It worked this time for him. But I think his run at movies is coming to an end and probably needs to flee to tv/cable so he can keep his posse working and be believable. No "You can do it!" line in this either which was the only disappointment for me.
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