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That's My Boy Theatrical ReviewJohn Delia
The silly little plot goes like this; while a very young teen Donny gets his teacher Ms McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino) pregnant and she gets shipped off to prison for a very long time. Attempting to raise his son Todd fails and finally gives up the task on his 18th birthday. The plot speeds up 30 years and we find Todd (Andy Samberg) a successful Wall Street executive who is about to get married to Jamie (Leighton Meester).
In the meantime, Donny now 43-years-old has been living a pseudo-celebrity life as the kid who made it with his teacher and still gets recognized by his many fans. Unfortunately in addition to his son he has also been avoiding the IRS and they want their money or Donny ends up in jail. Wanting to evade the latter, he semi-accepts a deal with a local television station for the money he owes the government to do an interview of a reunion with McGarricle, Todd and him at the prison where she is being incarcerated.
The story goes on from there with Donny joining Vanilla Ice and getting involved in some sticky situations that get extremely funny at times. The script gets played out in true Sandler ‘old Style' (think The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, The Waterboy) that really puts the comedian back on the hit list.
Making the story work by controlling the high profile cast and keeping them on track, Sean Anders (Hot Tub Time Machine, Sex Drive) provides even more laughter by allowing them to have fun with their roles. You can feel the chemistry between Sandler, Ice and Samberg as they interject some great adlibs that puts the comedy at a high pitch with Anders smartly letting it happen.
What would an Adam Sandler film be without hot babes, beer and a lot of wacky scenes so That's My Boy provides a lot for the guys to see. I especially like the performances by the Leighton Meester as the intended wife of Todd who pushes every button she can to advance her own destiny. She's a gorgeous girl, but she sure has teeth and knows how to plant them. The party hot tub gets full of the lovely ladies with plenty of eye candy to go around.
That' My Boy has been rated R by the MPAA for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use. There are more bottles of beer consumed in this film than water in Water Boy.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A fun film for the guys and Sandler fans. (B-)
-- John Delia
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Vanilla Ice, Milo Ventimiglia
Directed by: Sean Anders
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
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John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making, publicist to Assistant Director. He has been a film critic for 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. He is listed in IMDb under his name JOHN DELIA. He free lances for a number of web magazines including FlickDirect. He is located in Florida in the Tampa Area. His interview with Benicio Del Toro received nearly 13,000 hits on youtube when Che opened and the interview with the unknown Bradley Cooper nearly 14,000 when The Hangover opened.He enjoys movie music, especially those from most Disney animated features.
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