Movie Review: "That's My Boy"

Tomorrow Adam Sandler’s new movie, “That’s My Boy,” hits the big screen.   Recently, Adam Sandler movies are hit and miss type films.  People either love them or hate them, then there’s those of us who don’t care one way or another.  My favorite Adam Sandler’s film is “Little Nicky”, though I have not seen or gone to many of his other films.  When I got tickets for “That’s My Boy”, I questioned if I wanted to go to it or not.  I decided to go and went to check out the film.

“That’s My Boy” is about a man who had a rush of fame in his childhood, though when the fame was over, he’s left broke and in need of money.  He has a son, who has left his life and went off making it rich.  The father does not want his son’s money or to even try to come back into his son’s life.  Though when a TV network makes an offer that would only be good if the son makes an appearance, the father goes to the son, only with the request that his son goes to a place on a certain day.

The boy is getting married and is trying to get a promotion.  He’s embarrassed by his family name, so changed his name and claims that his parents are dead.  When his father arrives, he’s in shock and a story is made up to keep the lie alive, that his father is just a friend.  He saw his dad as a bad father, for not being there for him, for giving him too much junk food, and he did not like the media his dad attracted.

Sandler plays Donny, the father who is need of money.  Andy Samberg plays Todd Peterson, the son who does not want his father in his life.  The movie centers around these two with other characters coming and going like Jamie who is played by Leighton Meester, she is getting married to Todd.  There’s Steve Spirou, who is played by Tony Orlando.  Steve is Todd’s boss and letting them stay at his place for a wedding.  Outside of the wedding, we have some of Donny’s friends, including Vanilla Ice.  Overall it’s a fun cast, one character played by Peggy Stewart kept bringing laughs to me during the film.  She’s Grandma Delores, an older lady who still enjoys a good time.

Since there’s not really any villains in this film, they had to throw someone in that does not like Todd, so they got Jamie’s brother, Chad.  Chad is played by Milo Ventimiglia and from the moment he meets Todd he’s trying to see if Todd is good enough for his sister.  Though while mean towards Todd, Chad gets along with everyone else including Donny.  Just making this weekend even harder on Todd.

“That’s My Boy” is written by David Caspe and directed by Sean Anders.  It’s got a fun feel to it for anyone out for a laugh.  Also it has a feel of one that I’ve seen before, actors who had that money as a kid and are now trying to make ends meet.  Being famous was all they knew, and now they got a hard world around them.  Some actors have made comedy shows here on the internet about this kind of ordeal, check out Star-ving on youtube to see an example.  This kind of story line is in another movie that’s coming out soon, which will have a review up next week.

When I left the theater, I was surprised. I walked out happy and enjoyed the film.  While yes it’s got a lot of dirty humor, not meant to be seen by any kids, it’s got a lot of 80’s jokes for those of us who grew up way back then.  Sandler is playing a strong character that has his own morals, they may not all be seen as right, but they are good, which gives the movie more heart than I was excepting.  And it seemed like a good pace for the story and humor mixed together.  And as weird as it seems for me, Vanilla Ice was one of my favorite characters in the film.

When Vanilla Ice was on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, I was disappointed.  For one, I’m not much of a rap fan.  The other reason was I heard they were going to use someone that was on the other soundtrack, thought it would be cool to give the people who kept with the films some screen time.  Instead they went with a star name to help pull a new fan base towards the films. I can understand that, but it doesn’t have as much appeal to me as a fan.  Outside of Vanilla Ice’s music, I don’t know too much about him, though I can say the personality he had in “That’s My Boy” was a lot of fun and it was great seeing him in the movie.

I recommend this movie for anyone who likes comedy, even if you’re not normally a fan of Adam’s work.  This is a fun movie, with heart and a story.  I know if it’s on TV I may sit down to watch it again.

Have you seen “That’s My Boy”?  What’s your thoughts on the film?  Please share reviews, comments and questions below!

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