Anytime Adam Sandler puts out a new movie, the big name critics and reviewers seem to divide into sides to voice their split opinions. Because, after all, you either love or hate Sandler's "Big Kid" humor.
Sandler's previous shot at big screen success didn't seem to go over well with anybody. But, I reviewed "Jack and Jill" and felt it had heart. (So relax, you uptight word-mongers!)
In "That's My Boy," Sandler returns to his roots. It's the type of film made for those of us that like to feel, regardless of age, that we can return to a child-like state at any moment where fart jokes are funny. And that's where this film shines, delivering the audience tons of "laugh out loud" moments.
In the film Sandler plays Donny, a washed-up has-been who was famous in the 80's when, as a middle school student, he knocked up his gorgeous teacher, Ms. Mary McGarricle, played by both Eva Amurri Martino (younger) and her real-life mother, Susan Sarandon (present day.)
The affair hit the tabloids and made Donny a hero to fantasizing men everywhere. Unfortunately, the teenage Donny was also left to raise their son alone after Mary was sentenced to 30 years in jail.
Needless to say Donny was a horrible parent, and it's not until 30 years later he risks going to jail himself that Donny decides to seek out his estranged son Todd, played by Andy Samberg. (Samberg not only took over for Sandler on SNL, he actually looks a lot like him!)
It then becomes the goofy journey of a goofy father trying to reconnect with his damaged son while secretly trying to stay out of jail.
That's My Boy won't win any mainstream awards, but it is a funny movie, full of the traditional entourage of outrageous characters Sandler's films are famous for.
If you're a fan, you'll love it. If you're on the fence, I say take a chance on this one and if you don't like it go see "Grown Ups 2" next summer to make up for it.
I'm giving this one 3 out of 5 miners.