In ‘That’s My Boy’ Adam Sandler plays a vintage-style dirtbag looking for an easy payday from his uptight son (Andy Samberg), who is about to get married. Check out the red-band trailer.
“I’m a man, I’m a man, I’m a man.”
You may have heard Adam Sandler’s newest comedy referred to as I Hate You Dad and/or Donny’s Boy, but the official title is apparently That’s My Boy and today we have a red-band trailer for the film to share.
After a string of critically-panned comedies (see: Just Go With It and Jack and Jill - or rather, never, ever see them), the question is whether or not Sandler can still deliver comedy in the vein of his early hits, like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy. Unfortunately, the That’s My Boy trailer is not at all a guarantee that Sandler has gotten his groove back.
In That’s My Boy, Sandler plays Donny, a vintage scumbag who is facing jail time for tax evasion. When Donny learns that his son (SNL‘s Andy Samberg) is a hedge fund manager about to tie the knot (with Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester), he sees an opportunity to earn some quick cash to appease the feds. But when Donny’s wild-partying ways come crashing into his son’s buttoned-down life, chaos (peppered with father/son bonding) ensues.
The concept on paper sounds funny, a father and son sparring over random crap, almost like Hot Rod meets Step Brothers, but it looks much worse than both of those.
It’s clear what kind of character Sandler is going for in this film, the only problem is: the schtick just feels kind of dated coming from the actor. If this movie were coming out in Sandler’s ’90s heyday, it would be winner, perhaps – but these days we have a new breed of dirtbag ruling the screen (see: Danny McBride in just about anything he’s in). Watching Adam Sandler channel Kenny Powers? We’ll leave it to you to decide if that’s worth a movie ticket.
While still 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 on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.
Writers: David Caspe, David Wain, Ken Marino
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Date of release: June 15th, 2012
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Susan Sarandon, Ciara