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That’s my Boy (2012)
Running Time: 116 minutes
Restriction: Crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use
Director: Sean Anders
Writer: David Caspe
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, Susan Sarandon
What it’s all about:
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd’s 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd’s world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd’s wedding.
There’s absolutely no doubt that this movie is extremely funny. Following higher expectations for Adam Sandler after his movie ‘Jack and Jill’, I personally think he didn’t do too bad with this movie. One thing I’d take away is his ridiculous accent in the movie but unfortunately some of the comedy will go away with it.
Sandler is supported by a great cast and colourful characters. There’s not one dull moment in this film. Sandler’s jokes lose their punch at one stage, but returns shortly thereafter. I certainly enjoyed the senior lady in the film who still acts like she’s young and wild. One scene that viewers may find disturbing is a scene where Sandler is sitting with tissues, vaseline and a photo of the vibey grandma… Go figure.
The movie contains a fair amount of profanity, nudity and scenes with a sexual nature, but not the full monty. It all depends on your tolerance and sense of humour. I was surprised to see rapper Vanilla Ice in the movie (as himself) and his song ‘Ice ice baby’ is featured at one stage in the film, of course. He is definitely no angel in this movie.
I was even more surprised to see talented actress Susan Sarandon starring as the older version of the voluptuous teacher. I never expected her to be in this different role, but must admit that she does look a lot like the younger actress that we see at first before the clock fast forwards.
All in all a good movie with great scenery and hilarious scenes. They seem to love making fun of Chinese people in this film and starring as servants, they promise a good laugh.
Remember the famous line “Whazzzzzzzup” from Scary Movie? It’s used several times in this movie and if you know what it’s all about, I guarantee a good chuckle.
Reasons why you should see it:
-It’s the right medicine if you want to laugh
-It is one of Sandler’s better movies
-There’s some great “comedy chemistry” between Sandler and Andy Samberg.
Reasons why you may not like it:
-The scene with grandma…
-The movie is not suitable for the entire family and it’s crude nature may offend and upset younger, sensitive viewers. Parental guidance is advised.
Funny Quotes from the movie:
Todd: You were basically the worst parent ever!
Donny: I was awesome!
Todd: You let me eat cake and lollipops for breakfast every day!
Donny: That’s what you asked for!
Todd: You’re supposed to say no!
Todd: I didn’t know what I was doing! I was 13,14 years old!
Todd: You know, what I remember is ME having to drive YOU home from the beach that time, because you were too drunk!
Donny: Somebody else’s dad would have had another guy drive home!
Todd: I was eight!
Donny: And you drove like a f*cking champ too.
Dante Spirou: Vanilla Ice banged grandma? That’s f*cking awesome!
Did you know?
-Adam Sandler’s daughters also feature in the movie as the two girls at the Lemonade stand. His wife, Jackie Sandler, can also be seen as a masseuse.
-There is a big continuity error: When Todd and Donny are visiting Mary McGarricle (played by Susan Sarandon) in prison, her orange jumpsuit goes from buttoned to unbuttoned, to buttoned again until she unbuttons it.