THAT'S MY BOY DVD (2012)
SYNOPSIS: While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent 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. Co-starring Leighton Meester and featuring incredible cameos from a cavalcade of stars including Susan Sarandon, Vanilla Ice and James Caan.
No doubt about it, even with his skills as a comedian diminishing over the years with duds liked Jack & Jill and Just Get Over It, Adam Sandler is still one big Hollywood star. He plays the same character in every movie of his and audience still pays to see him on the big screen.
In That’s My Boy (a title that surprisingly skipped the local theatrical release), Sandler once again played a smirk crude asshole by the name of Donny Berger. By the age of 14, Berger has fathered a son with his Math teacher. While the teacher is sentenced to 30 years of prison for statutory rape of course, Donny has to raise his son, Han Solo Berger till he reaches the age of 18. Risking being sent to jail for evading taxes, the only way for Donny is to seek help from his now adult son (Andy Samberg) but will the estranged Han reconcile with his father?
A teacher being impregnated by a schoolboy? Obviously, you don’t expect That’s My Boy to be a smart piece of social commentary despite the promising premise. Sure you heard stories about it on the news but a Sandler comedy means there are barrel and barrel of lowbrow comedy and vulgarities coming your way instead of a genuine heartfelt comedy about the pair of father and son.
However the flick does have its funny moments. Sporadically. The movie starts to indulge in a series of repetitive gags which involve erections, semen jokes, masturbation and even incest as Donny crashes Han Solo, now known as Todd Peterson’s upcoming wedding to his girlfriend, Jamie (Leighton Meester). If you thought the above are tasteless, wait till you see one recurring joke about an old grandmother in her vintage old bathing suit. In short, there are no boundaries in this Sandler comedy written by newcomer David Caspe and directed by Sean Anders (Sex Drive).
The only truly entertaining portion happens to be the cameos. Keen to know what ever happen to Milo Ventimiglia and James Caan post Heroes and Las Vegas? The former appears as Jamie’s buff-up military younger brother and Caan, an ex-boxer turned father. Likewise, Susan Sarandon is hilarious as the older teacher and 80’s white rapper Vanilla Ice plays himself. Samberg always the reliable impressionist on SNL has little to showcase his talents though he is pretty good at playing the helpless Todd.
Adam Sandler definitely is not back in top form yet. That’s My Boy is an offensive, raunchy comedy that is loaded with way too much juvenile gags and running 30 minutes too long. It’s not Sandler’s worst and just a minor step up from Grown Ups.
There 6 minutes of Gag Reel and 13 minutes of Deleted Scenes.
The DVD gives you amazing visuals and the sound clarity is just as good.
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Review by Linus Tee