Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia, we had the chance to see THAT’S MY BOY before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
That’s my boy is Adam Sandler’s latest creation from Happy Madison Productions. The film is on the same wavelength as Billy Madison, The Wedding singer and Grown-ups, is unbelievably not as bad as you might think, especially after the terrible Jack & Jill and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
The story centers on Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), a 14 year-old school kid who became celebrity after being caught having sex with his hot 7th grade teacher at a graduation ceremony. Later on, the teacher got pregnant and was sent to prison under abuse charges, leaving the child in Donny´s custody which turned into a national sensation overnight.
Soon being recognized everywhere and featured in every tabloid, 25 years later the still rock-rebel Donny gets in trouble with the tax office where he needs a ridiculous amount of money to stay out of jail. Donny, a lousy father, then finds out that his son Todd, who left home as soon as he was 18 years old, is now a successful wealthy fund manager getting married so Donny sees the wedding as a perfect opportunity to win his son back who hopefully will help him to solve his money issues.
There is not much story to tell as the film is full of random dirty jokes, washed-up celebrities like Vanilla Ice and Todd Bridges and a ramp of funny nonsense. However it is one of Sandler’s best productions in recent years, especially comparing to Jack & Jill where he counted on Al Pacino’s Dunkaccino TV Ad to try to save the movie.
That’s my boy is raunchy and dirty in every possible way with sex, disturbing nudity, drunk scenes, unexpected jokes and random celebrity appearances including James Caan and a very high profile actress which will surprise you as soon as she hits the screen for a few minutes.
We can’t say Andy Samberg did a great job as Todd but he was quite funny sometimes and tries to act like Jason Biggs in American Wedding. He plays a neurotic awkward adult who doesn’t know how to behave around people due to his out-of-control childhood thanks to Donny’s childcare.
Vanilla Ice acts as himself, a 90’s white rapper who used to get royalties for his one hit wonder ‘Ice Ice Baby’ but is now broke working in a fast food restaurant with Different Strokes star Todd Bridges. Vanilla Ice teams-up with Donny throughout the film to win Todd back and obviously his song is in the soundtrack for a very funny sequence we must say.
Last not the least, Adam Sandler is just Adam Sandler. If you have seen him since Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore, then this is what you’re getting with his pure old school style – crude, sexist, dirty humor and a bit over the limit sometimes.However, we miss Sandler’s classic buddy cameos such as his all-time friend Rob Schneider (just to name one!)
So don´t expect to see the best comedy of the year but if you want to give Sandler another shot without asking for too much, go and see the film at your own cost as it might surprise you and make you laugh for a while.
That’s my boy – now showing Only in Cinemas