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Review: That's My Boy

That's My Boy
Jun. 15, 2012by:
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PLOT: While barely in his teens, Donny Berger (Adam Sandler) fathered a child with his seventh grade teacher (Eva Amurri/Susan Sarandon). Now, grown up, the former Han Solo Berger, now Todd Peterson (Andy Samberg) is getting married, and wants nothing to do with his father, who rode a pathetic wave of fame to become a perpetually drunk forty-something that owes $43,000 to the IRS. Now, Donny needs Todd to participate in a televised reunion if he wants to stay out of jail-so he crashes his wedding party, and quickly turns his life inside out.

REVIEW: Boy oh boy- just when you thought Sandler couldnt get any worse, out comes THATS MY BOY. I know some of his fans have been cautiously optimistic about this one, with many hoping Samberg might elevate the film a bit- not to mention the R-rating, but really- this is as bad as anything hes ever done.


For me, any film that hinges its comedy on a sexual relationship between a twelve-year-old and an adult has pretty much lost me before the credits rolled- but while I thought the premise was in incredibly bad taste, I tried to roll with THATS MY BOY. Like many of his more popular films, Sandler rides a bit of that late-eighties/ early nineties nostalgia wave- with a hair metal soundtrack, and lots of D-listers playing themselves. But, when the biggest laughs in the film come from Vanilla Ice (whos surprisingly game at making fun of himself) - you know youre in trouble.

THATS MY BOY is pretty much the same, tired old comedy Sandlers been putting out for decades now- albeit a more profane, R-rated version. But, THE HANGOVER this is not- as all the R-rating means is lots of gross-out comedy in the vein of other Happy Madison productions like BUCKY LARSON, mixed in with the typical heavy-handed dose of schmaltz that creeps up in the third-act.


For me, THATS MY BOY was painful- bordering on excruciating. Everything is so protracted and obvious, that it seems like Sandler just got his writers to throw all of his other comedies into a blender to make this film. Anyone wanna bet Sambergs bride, played by Leighton Meester is a total bitch? And OF COURSE shes got a psycho ex-marine brother (Milo Ventimiglia- whos gotten ripped since HEROES). And hey- theres an old lady around. Anyone wanna bet shell end up having gross-out sex with Sandler?

Poor Samberg really seems to be at a loss here, as hes totally unsuited to play a straight-man, much less to someone like Sandler, not to mention Vanilla Ice, and even Todd Bridges. Will Forte injects a little life into the movie as Sambergs uptight buddy, but he cant even start to save this disaster, nor can gonzo casting such as Tony Orlando (Tony Orlando & Dawn yo!) as Sambergs foul-mouthed boss, or James Caan as a pugnacious Irish priest. I will admit however, casting mother & daughter Eva Amurri/Susan Sarandon as younger/older versions of Sandlers teacher was clever if obvious.


Suffice to say, THATS MY BOY is just another in a long line of shitty Sandler vehicles, and new blood like Samberg, director Sean Anders (SEX DRIVE), and DP Brandon Trost dont do much to elevate this from the level of JUST GO WITH IT (I will admit to having missed JACK & JILL).

Extra Tidbit: Using 'Rock of Ages' as over the studio logo was surprisingly brave, considering it's the competition this weekend.
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2:47AM on 06/15/2012

Sad

Its just sad that a crapfest of a movie like this will make more money than "Goon".
Its just sad that a crapfest of a movie like this will make more money than "Goon".
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3:36AM on 06/15/2012
It's too bad. I think Andy has great potential. I loved Hot Rod, but that appears to be a fluke to date.
It's too bad. I think Andy has great potential. I loved Hot Rod, but that appears to be a fluke to date.
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5:21AM on 06/15/2012

good review

knew this movie would be bad even though I love andy samberg. great review and now I'll never have to watch this. didn't understand the tidbit though???
knew this movie would be bad even though I love andy samberg. great review and now I'll never have to watch this. didn't understand the tidbit though???
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6:45AM on 06/15/2012
I also really loved Hot Rod and I wasn't expecting to. But the scene with Bill Hader where Samberg has to drive him to the hospital had me in stitches.

I think the last Adam Sandler movie I saw in theaters was Anger Management, and the only reason I made it through that movie was Jack Nicholson. The man has clearly lost his touch. He needs to take a step back and decide whether he wants to continue peddling shit like this and Jack and Jill until he's in his 60's. OR maybe he could do a
I also really loved Hot Rod and I wasn't expecting to. But the scene with Bill Hader where Samberg has to drive him to the hospital had me in stitches.

I think the last Adam Sandler movie I saw in theaters was Anger Management, and the only reason I made it through that movie was Jack Nicholson. The man has clearly lost his touch. He needs to take a step back and decide whether he wants to continue peddling shit like this and Jack and Jill until he's in his 60's. OR maybe he could do a dramatic role and try to start his pathetically overrated career over. He was awesome in Punch Drunk Love.
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7:15AM on 06/15/2012
Can we seriously just give Sandler a life sentence in movie jail now? Solitary confinement, no less.
Can we seriously just give Sandler a life sentence in movie jail now? Solitary confinement, no less.
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8:18AM on 06/15/2012

Disagree

I saw a sneak peek and thought it was hilarious. It's kind of funny that everyone called Sandler out for no longer doing R comedies, so he comes out with one and everyone bashes it calling it "a typical Sandler movie." It's not. Stop being hypocrites.
I saw a sneak peek and thought it was hilarious. It's kind of funny that everyone called Sandler out for no longer doing R comedies, so he comes out with one and everyone bashes it calling it "a typical Sandler movie." It's not. Stop being hypocrites.
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10:25AM on 06/15/2012
Dude....They're calling it a typical Sandler movie because it sucks just like the rest of them.
Dude....They're calling it a typical Sandler movie because it sucks just like the rest of them.
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9:41AM on 06/15/2012

Jack and Jill

My kids rented Jack and Jill yesterday. They watched it twice in a row and laughed all the way through.
I have asked them to move out.
My kids rented Jack and Jill yesterday. They watched it twice in a row and laughed all the way through.
I have asked them to move out.
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12:06PM on 06/15/2012
not sure why, but i laughed at that stupid-ass movie too. i think its pacino running around in a wig, or its just so stupid that its pathetically funny
not sure why, but i laughed at that stupid-ass movie too. i think its pacino running around in a wig, or its just so stupid that its pathetically funny
11:05AM on 06/15/2012
Haven't seen a Sandler flick since Punch Drunk and that was only for PTA. Thought he had some mediocre to bad ones already before that. HOWEVER, the R-Rating, Samburg, & the plot synopsis STILL have me intrigued. No way I see this in a theater though . . .
Haven't seen a Sandler flick since Punch Drunk and that was only for PTA. Thought he had some mediocre to bad ones already before that. HOWEVER, the R-Rating, Samburg, & the plot synopsis STILL have me intrigued. No way I see this in a theater though . . .
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12:45PM on 06/15/2012

Haters gonna Hate

It's funny how people on the net think they are so much smarter than the average person.. Maybe you are just much more snobish because the theatre I went to, people were laughing hysterical at JACK & JILL, yet it gets worse film of the year. You guys just find someone to attack for no good reason but boredom. Go have a six pack and watch a stupid Sandler film, then get a life and thumb me the fuck down
It's funny how people on the net think they are so much smarter than the average person.. Maybe you are just much more snobish because the theatre I went to, people were laughing hysterical at JACK & JILL, yet it gets worse film of the year. You guys just find someone to attack for no good reason but boredom. Go have a six pack and watch a stupid Sandler film, then get a life and thumb me the fuck down
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4:40PM on 06/15/2012
He makes shit films and I haven't seem a good argument that can change my mind. Many people are dumb enough to eat McDonald's horrible food. It still doesn't mean that stuff isn't shit. It just means that a high number of people like shit.
He makes shit films and I haven't seem a good argument that can change my mind. Many people are dumb enough to eat McDonald's horrible food. It still doesn't mean that stuff isn't shit. It just means that a high number of people like shit.
3:32PM on 06/15/2012
So if we don't like a movie, that means we think we're smarter than the average person?....Everyone has a different opinion so what you just said is quite dumb and makes no sense.
So if we don't like a movie, that means we think we're smarter than the average person?....Everyone has a different opinion so what you just said is quite dumb and makes no sense.
1:39PM on 06/15/2012
Sandler has ALWAYS sucked. Granted, he's been funny sometimes while doing it. Why is this recent turn of events surprising?
Sandler has ALWAYS sucked. Granted, he's been funny sometimes while doing it. Why is this recent turn of events surprising?
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2:15PM on 06/15/2012

lookin forward to checkin it out

looks like it could be a nice surprise. Here's to disagreeing with you Chris... again, heh.
looks like it could be a nice surprise. Here's to disagreeing with you Chris... again, heh.
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3:35PM on 06/15/2012

Giving this neutral so it's noticed.

Spraragen88 told Chris Bumbray to go f*** himself. I think Spraragen88 should be banned from this site.
Spraragen88 told Chris Bumbray to go f*** himself. I think Spraragen88 should be banned from this site.
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8:47PM on 06/15/2012
Bumbray sounds biased?....It only got 18 positive reviews out of 81 at rottentomatoes. So the 53 that gave it a negative review were also biased?
Y'all act like Bumbray is the only one to give this a negative review.
Bumbray sounds biased?....It only got 18 positive reviews out of 81 at rottentomatoes. So the 53 that gave it a negative review were also biased?
Y'all act like Bumbray is the only one to give this a negative review.
7:09PM on 06/15/2012
Sounds like somebody got pissed off. I don't think they should have gotten banned for it. You can easily see where Bumbray could be misconstrued as a biased reviewer.
Sounds like somebody got pissed off. I don't think they should have gotten banned for it. You can easily see where Bumbray could be misconstrued as a biased reviewer.
5:19PM on 06/15/2012
What he said is awful though.
So what's worse, me being a tattle-tell or Spraragen88 saying what he said?
What he said is awful though.
So what's worse, me being a tattle-tell or Spraragen88 saying what he said?
4:30PM on 06/15/2012
Dude, i might agree with ya, but nobody likes a tattle-tell
Dude, i might agree with ya, but nobody likes a tattle-tell
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3:56PM on 06/15/2012
Saw this movie at a screening and thought it was hilarious. This is NOT Jack and Jill or Buck Larson. This is more along the lines of Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. I found most of the jokes pretty funny and it was nice to see a decent raunchy comedy for a change, one that was in the vein of 90's raunchy comedies as opposed to the Apatow-saturated comedies of today. I also found the premise to be quite funny. It was very clearly a mockery of the sensationalized stories of grade school
Saw this movie at a screening and thought it was hilarious. This is NOT Jack and Jill or Buck Larson. This is more along the lines of Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. I found most of the jokes pretty funny and it was nice to see a decent raunchy comedy for a change, one that was in the vein of 90's raunchy comedies as opposed to the Apatow-saturated comedies of today. I also found the premise to be quite funny. It was very clearly a mockery of the sensationalized stories of grade school students having sex with their teachers, and that had me in stitches. I have to agree, we've been telling Sandler to do a comedy again much like he did with Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Waterboy, he does, and then it gets slaughtered by people. I guess times and tastes change.
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4:08PM on 06/15/2012
Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore both suck though.
We've been telling Sandler to do FUNNY comedies, but he hasn't done that.
Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore both suck though.
We've been telling Sandler to do FUNNY comedies, but he hasn't done that.
4:16PM on 06/15/2012

Also saw a screening...

and it was Hilarious. The theater I went to was full and we were laughing the entire time. Honest to God, it's become trendy to hate on Adam Sandler. Meaning, if you don't mock Sandler's movies you are somehow looked down upon. I'm glad he hasn't given in to the haters and is still making movies for his fans and friends.
and it was Hilarious. The theater I went to was full and we were laughing the entire time. Honest to God, it's become trendy to hate on Adam Sandler. Meaning, if you don't mock Sandler's movies you are somehow looked down upon. I'm glad he hasn't given in to the haters and is still making movies for his fans and friends.
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7:07PM on 06/15/2012
I totally agree, I don't know what people expect from these movies? The movie was great, one of his best in the past 10 years. While I disliked Jack and Jill and the two before that, I really feel like this one held its own. It is a shame people have this hatred for Sandler, they are missing out on a good movie.
I totally agree, I don't know what people expect from these movies? The movie was great, one of his best in the past 10 years. While I disliked Jack and Jill and the two before that, I really feel like this one held its own. It is a shame people have this hatred for Sandler, they are missing out on a good movie.
4:37PM on 06/15/2012
Nope. I would rather watch rom com's than most of his movies. People started to dislike Sandler after Big Daddy I think. It's deserved.
Nope. I would rather watch rom com's than most of his movies. People started to dislike Sandler after Big Daddy I think. It's deserved.
4:20PM on 06/15/2012
It hasn't become trendy. We're just stating a fact.
It hasn't become trendy. We're just stating a fact.
7:12PM on 06/15/2012

In general...

The movie was NOT horrible, if you are biased against Sandler then you will obviously hate it. But if you give it a chance and don't take it so seriously you will enjoy it even on a minimal level. 2/10 this is not, maybe closer to a 6.5??
The movie was NOT horrible, if you are biased against Sandler then you will obviously hate it. But if you give it a chance and don't take it so seriously you will enjoy it even on a minimal level. 2/10 this is not, maybe closer to a 6.5??
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8:14PM on 06/15/2012
I saw it today and had a great time. It was raunchy and the entire cast was great. Definitely not a 2/10, like Masterdebator88 said below me.
I saw it today and had a great time. It was raunchy and the entire cast was great. Definitely not a 2/10, like Masterdebator88 said below me.
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10:24PM on 06/15/2012
Why anyone continues to fund this no talent hack named Sandler is beyond me. Him, Rob Schneider and that fuck from Paul Blart Mall Cop do nothing but make one horribly shitty movie after another. These guys make the Wayans look like A Class talent.
Why anyone continues to fund this no talent hack named Sandler is beyond me. Him, Rob Schneider and that fuck from Paul Blart Mall Cop do nothing but make one horribly shitty movie after another. These guys make the Wayans look like A Class talent.
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12:41AM on 06/16/2012

Seen a sneak preview

Not quite sure where the hate is coming from. I enjoyed it, and so did the group I was with. Did you just go into it expecting to hate it ? Not quite understanding the 2/10. Like another poster said I would give it a 7. Go into it without any and all prejiduce and enjoy the damn movie.
Not quite sure where the hate is coming from. I enjoyed it, and so did the group I was with. Did you just go into it expecting to hate it ? Not quite understanding the 2/10. Like another poster said I would give it a 7. Go into it without any and all prejiduce and enjoy the damn movie.
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12:42PM on 06/16/2012
Wow.. so much hate around an obvious not to be taken serious dumb laugh at fart jokes movie! Most of the haters here pretty much state that Sandler should be banned from movies (to say it nicely). But come on.. lighten up!

You don't like his "style"? Sure. Switch channels. Stay away. Don't even bother reading stuff regarding it. No one will blame you.

Me, myself I do not like Wes Anderson or Terrence Malick's movies for example. Neither Harry Potter or Twilight. Or even comedies like 30
Wow.. so much hate around an obvious not to be taken serious dumb laugh at fart jokes movie! Most of the haters here pretty much state that Sandler should be banned from movies (to say it nicely). But come on.. lighten up!

You don't like his "style"? Sure. Switch channels. Stay away. Don't even bother reading stuff regarding it. No one will blame you.

Me, myself I do not like Wes Anderson or Terrence Malick's movies for example. Neither Harry Potter or Twilight. Or even comedies like 30 Rock or The Office. They are simply not my cup of tea. Hence, I simply stay away from them. Period. Do I watch them? Nope. Do I read about them? Nope. Do I argue about them? Nope.

My recommendation, do the same! You see a Sandler movie coming.. stay away from it! You'll do yourself and the world a favor.
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12:28PM on 06/17/2012
These are some of the comments I read here:
"Sandler has ALWAYS sucked"
"a typical Sandler movie because it sucks just like the rest of them"
"Why anyone continues to fund this no talent hack"

To me is not a judgement on the movie per se but a bias against the guy already. I'm not saying this movie in particular is good or not (haven't seen it yet), but still.. if you don't like the guy, WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOURSELF THRU HIS WORK?
There are other choices.. move along. That's all I'm saying
These are some of the comments I read here:
"Sandler has ALWAYS sucked"
"a typical Sandler movie because it sucks just like the rest of them"
"Why anyone continues to fund this no talent hack"

To me is not a judgement on the movie per se but a bias against the guy already. I'm not saying this movie in particular is good or not (haven't seen it yet), but still.. if you don't like the guy, WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOURSELF THRU HIS WORK?
There are other choices.. move along. That's all I'm saying here.

IMO he has some hits and misses, so yeah.. I will check it out. Hopefully it will be at least a fun time. We'll see.
2:45AM on 06/17/2012
No one is taking the movie seriously. No one takes comedies that way. They're just saying it's not funny.
You act like you've never talked bad about a movie or actor....Is that true?
No one is taking the movie seriously. No one takes comedies that way. They're just saying it's not funny.
You act like you've never talked bad about a movie or actor....Is that true?
1:47AM on 06/17/2012
I completely agree. I said the same type of thing on a recent Twilight article, I don't get why people feel the need to even comment on things that they hate so much. It's just a waste of time, oh well people will continue to hate.
I completely agree. I said the same type of thing on a recent Twilight article, I don't get why people feel the need to even comment on things that they hate so much. It's just a waste of time, oh well people will continue to hate.
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