By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 2 out of 10
The odds are that so much laughing occurred that it felt like you had an ab-workout.
Now fast forward to your fifth viewing of it. You know all of the punch lines, what is going to happen, and thus the laughs are few and far between.
That doesn’t mean you like the film any less, but that the humor has grown stale.
Unfortunately for Adam Sandler, that is the case for his newest film That’s My Boy.
Technically TMB is a new movie, but to any Sandler fan it will seem all too familiar. Not once during the film did I even crack a smile for one of Sandler’s sophomoric and grotesque attempts at humor.
I won’t waste much time on the horrific plot other than to say that there is no humor in the way Sandler’s character Donny conceives his kid Todd/ Han Solo (Andy Samberg).
One of my biggest complaints with more recent Sandler movies is that all he seems to care about is getting as many of his buddies into the film as opposed to, you know, real actors. Did we really need to have another movie with the unbearable Nick Swardson? And was there such an outcry for more Vanilla Ice that Sandler felt it was his duty to quench that thirst? The answer to both questions is an emphatic no.
If Sandler had the versatility of Pauly Shore I could forgive movies like TMB and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Sandler isn’t one-dimensional, however, and in films like Spanglish, Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me the former SNL star proved that he can hold his own with the big boys of the acting business.
I am not one to tell someone how to go about their job and if some movie studio is willing to keep paying Sandler for garbage like That’s My Boy, more power to the Sand-man. If I were Sandler, however, I would want to stretch myself and see just how good of a dramatic actor I could be, because the skill is there.
If you are looking for a good Sandler film look elsewhere, because That’s My Boy is leagues away from being decent.