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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

    May try it out

    by MrDark

    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

    RE: mrdark

    by Capone

    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, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Are you on Sandler's payroll?

    by marineboy

  • June 15, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    so, this movie is the ending of the great white hype.

    by antonphd

    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

    So Sandler completely NAILED playing Sandler character in this one?

    by tomdolan04

    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

    Puking..? With laughter or 'gross-out' shit..?

    by workshed

    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

    Sandler isn't known for R-rated comedy MOVIES

    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

    All you need to know about this and every other Happy Madison movie:

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • June 15, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    How original. Direct to VHS.

    by IwatchMovies

    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

    Fuck Off Adam Sandler, I don't watch any of your shit!

    by AllThosePowers

  • June 15, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    allthosepowers - take your own advice

    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

    Didn't South Park do this already?

    by Deano316

  • June 15, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    'Return to form'

    by cool_britannia79

    Suggests he was once not complete turd. This is a lie.

  • June 15, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Kudos On Not Being a "Complete" Retard Capone

    by Crow3711

    High praise. Don't let it go to your head.

  • June 15, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Let's Say It's Marginally Good

    by Aquatarkusman

    I mean, that's highly doubtful, but just think what the fuck you're funding with Happy Dumbfuck Productions or whatever it's called.

  • 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

    I don't know if I'm maturing, or Sandler needs a new schtick or both, but

    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

    "consenting minor"

    by hungrysamurai

    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

    So: Rock of Ages BAD - That's My Boy GOOD?

    by beatleMatt

    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

    "some of which are quite funny" lol well THATS funny

    by Windowlicker74


  • June 15, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Keep in mind

    by nametaken

    this guy was gung-ho for Transformers Dark of the Moon.

  • June 15, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    it's actually pretty funny

    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

    I feel conflicted . . .

    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.

  • -Namaste-

  • June 15, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    I don't mind rape jokes.

    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

    Have a male teacher seduce a 17 year old

    by bobbofatz

    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

    The sad thing about Sandler is that he actually has SOME talent

    by DoctorZoidberg

    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

    You guys are fucktards! I loved this movie.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    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

    Capone takes bribes everybody!!!

    by Lostboytejas

    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

    Sandlers basically a shitty supporting 'actor' for Chris Farley skits

    by Lostboytejas

    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

    Wow and here I thought he just gave up with Jack and Jill

    by wcolbert

    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

    Producing Grandma's Boy...

    by slone13 the single best thing Sandler's done in a decade. That movie is fucking funny.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    burned too many times

    by animas

    i trust capone but not sandler

  • June 15, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I used to like you, Capone. But you supported a complete hack.

    by BeanGrud

  • June 15, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

    What people will not be doing in the theaters this weekend.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Female pedophiles are only acceptable if they are hot

    by SergeantStedenko

    If they are fat and ugly, then it becomes "rape rape" as Whoopi would say.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Fool me once (Little Nicky). Shame on you. Fool me twice (Zohan). Shame on me.

    by SergeantStedenko

    Don't get fooled again!

  • oh yes, 'morons' jussayin

  • June 15, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by Brian

    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

    MIB 3 was great, Capone.


    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!

  • 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

    Marineboy, your a stupid asshole...

    by Jack Desmondi

    Just because Capone liked the movie he's on "Sandler's Payroll"? Fuck off


  • June 15, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    So basically......

    by archer1949

    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

    Adam Sandler is the white Martin Lawrence

    by SergeantStedenko

    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.

  • WTF?

  • June 15, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    14 strikes and you're out

    by Rtobert

    Fool me once, shame on you Fool me 14 times, shame on me

  • June 15, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    admit it, capone

    by JaredP

    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


    by JaredP

    he hasn't been relevant since 1990. WTFF?

  • June 15, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I can see the point in most things.......

    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

    People were laughing at the preview of this...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...but not because it was funny. Time to grow up, Adam.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Sandler needs to make a movie with Nic Cage and Tommy Wiseau

    by Jet Jaguar

  • Giving Sandler another hit to add to his list. Mark my words.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    You had me at David Caspe

    by beatitudesputnik

    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

    Anyone else think

    by robbles

    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

    if piss, shit and fart jokes make you laugh...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...then you're part of the problem.

  • Do fuck off.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Macgrubey dont play like Homey, and Homey dont play that

    by ajit maholtra

  • June 15, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Kevin James = King of Safe, Middle-of-the-Road Garbage.

    by Leto III 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 least Eddie Murphy isn't in the movie...

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

  • June 17, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Old Sandler vs. New Sandler

    by Thrillhouse77

    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

    And by sad, I mean...

    by Thrillhouse77

    How much longer can we watch Rob Schneider's "you can do it" guy get wider and frumpier until it just depresses us all?

  • Good, cause I was worried about him doing something original. ...

  • June 18, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Adam too cool for school

    by Dazzler69

    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.