That’s My Boy Review

I have a high tolerance for bad movies. I can forgive terrible plot lines, poorly thought out characters and hit or miss jokes if a film provides even a few good laughs. It was this mentality that led me to see That’s My Boy, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be a good movie, but hoping it would at least provide enough comedic moments to justify paying to see the film.

After knocking up his teacher as a teenager, Donnie (Adam Sandler) reunites with his estranged son years later in an attempt to use his son to make enough money to keep him out of jail for tax evasion. While this plot could actually create an interesting drama with the right people working on it, Adam Sandler’s presence means you can’t expect much more then terrible bathroom humor and ridiculous voices from this half-assed comedy. That being said, if you like fart jokes and the same whinny, man-child character Adam Sandler has played for most of his career, this movie is right up your alley.

Right from the beginning, I was astounded that Adam Sandler has once again proved the world wrong and managed to hit a new low in his career. One of the first scenes, where Donnie’s teacher is coming onto him, could easily be the set up for a film about the traumatizing nature of sexual abuse, but without a hint of irony the film shamelessly labels the incident and pregnancy as “awesome.”

What’s really infuriating about this movie, and Adam Sandler’s recent string of terrible films, is that Adam Sandler is genuinely not a bad actor, and can actually be funny if he tries. However, with the exceptions of Punch-Drunk Love and Funny People, none of the movies he works in are good, and they have been getting progressively worse as time goes on. I just might end up seeing the next disaster of a movie he decides to be in, just to see if it could possibly get any worse then That’s My Boy.

The only thing that kept me from breaking the scale and assigning this movie zero stars was the fact the Andy Samberg’s character was bearable, and even had a few moments of humor in this otherwise aggressively bad comedy. In addition Todd (Samberg) is the only character in the entire movie that acts like a human being, while everyone else from business executives to clergymen to high class socialites are little more then misogynistic idiots swapping stories about how they wished they had banged their teachers. The fact that Vanilla Ice playing himself is not only a major character in the movie, but one of the best characters in the movie should be a testament to how poorly written and all around unwatchable this film really is.

Rating: ½ out of 5

20 thoughts on “That’s My Boy Review

  1. Nader Nazemi June 23, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    Good Review.
    Sandler should quit making movies.
    But I guess there is an audience for his style

    • Andrew King June 23, 2012 / 8:58 pm

      He isn’t terrible. He just makes terrible decisions when it comes to movies most of the time. Unless something big changes, that’s the last Sandler movie I will watch for a long time.

  2. Paganostaghetti June 23, 2012 / 9:00 pm

    Surprised you even had the willpower to see this film. I can’t even muster the courage when it’s free, let alone pay money for it. Good review though, and as I said, power to you for sticking through it. I think the only way I’ll ever go see a film with Adam Sandler again is if it is a drama. As you said, he’s not a bad actor, but he isn’t even trying at all lately, and his comedy is all the same.

  3. literaryninja June 23, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    i just can’t believe they tried to make a light- hearted comedy about the sexual abuse of a child. it’s amazing.

    • Andrew King June 25, 2012 / 4:26 pm

      Light-hearted doesn’t really capture it. It is more celebrating by making a half baked movie about it.

  4. Gregoryno6 June 24, 2012 / 5:28 am

    Adam Sandler wants to be the white Eddie Murphy. Someone should take pity, and tell him he’s already there.

  5. Movie House June 25, 2012 / 11:35 am

    Adam Sandler isn’t a bad guy. I quite like him and some of his movies. The last one that I can actually remember being good was Bedtime Stories.

    • Andrew King June 25, 2012 / 4:23 pm

      I don’t hate him either, and didn’t mind that movie at all, but recent movies like this one and Jack and Jill have lowered my opinion of him. I really think he is great in Punch Drunk Love and Funny People.

  6. gemmacap June 25, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    I feel like he went from comedy genius (Happy Gilmore/Big Daddy/The Wedding Singer) to dick jokes that aren’t funny and even worse are cringe worthy. Who are his new audience? Hillbillies?

    • Andrew King June 25, 2012 / 4:59 pm

      Well, despite the fact this movie is a flop as far as profit is concerned, there is an audience for it. There was a small group of teenagers sitting near me who were cracking up and seemed happy with the film overall. Different strokes for different folks I suppose.

  7. Jeff June 28, 2012 / 4:44 am

    I am so glad you saw this one so I didn’t have to. Your duty is appreciated. Part of the problem with Sandler is he can act, but he falls back on the absurd to much, which was funny when he was new back in the 90s but old hat now. Thanks for stopping by Babbleon5!

    • Andrew King June 29, 2012 / 9:55 am

      I do what I can. Glad to help people avoid a bad movie.

  8. Jaskee June 30, 2012 / 2:15 am

    This movie was bad. There’s really know other way to say it.

    • Andrew King July 2, 2012 / 2:10 pm

      I can think of a few. Terrible, atrocious, insulting to my intelligence, physically painful to sit through, and a complete waste if two hours to name a few.

  9. Franz Patrick July 7, 2012 / 8:45 pm

    I know that Sandler can be a good actor (it wouldn’t hurt for him to embrace a serious role once in a while), but every time I see an upcoming movie with his name on it, something inside of me jumps and wishes to run away as far as possible.

    • Andrew King July 8, 2012 / 12:30 am

      I actually ran towards this one, but was repelled shortly after the film started. If you didn’t see it, you aren’t missing much.

  10. Samantha Lui July 11, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    Adam Sandler films have gone downhill. I remember really enjoying his other films like Big Daddy, 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer. The last film I tried to watch of his was Jack and Jill. It was so painful to watch that I switched the channel five minutes later.

    • Andrew King July 11, 2012 / 5:21 pm

      Unfortunately, as of right now you cant switch the channel in movie theaters. And it was a two hour long movie.

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