|Written by:||David Caspe, David Wain, Ken Marino|
|Cast:||Adam Sandler, Adam Samberg|
I'll admit it, I'm an Adam Sandler apologist. I love the guy. Seeing what he's capable in stuff like Punch Drunk Love and Reign Over Me only furthered my support for Mr. Happy Madison. However, there's no denying the dry streak he's been on as of late. Outside of the aforementioned Reign Over Me and the criminally underrated Funny People, Sandler hasn't made a decent comedy since Mr. Deeds (which is disputable as well). And while That's My Boy isn't a return to glory for the once great comedian, it's certainly a huge step in the right direction.
That's My Boy is certainly the raunchiest Sandler flick we've seen in a while but I think the added edge helps preserve his comedic value from the softcore PG-13 gags we've seen him put out recently. It's crude, unexpected, and largely pretty goddamn hilarious. I thought the voice was going to annoy the piss out of me from hearing it in the trailers but it's not nearly as obnoxious as I feared.
And aside from Nick Swardson, it's nice to see Sandler dropping the normal entourage of Happy Madison tag alongs (Spade, Schneider, etc.) That goes for the writing and directing crew as well, who offer a much more developed back story to Donny than I expected. The story actually feels like it had potential to be bit more on the dramatic side but then took the route of the Sandler/Samberg raunch fest instead.
And you gotta feel for Samberg. You get the opportunity to be in a huge summer comedy with Adam Sandler for your first major role after leaving SNL and it gets absolutely obliterated by critics and tanks at the box office. Which isn't fair at all because this film is much better than it initially got credit for. It's nice to see it getting a second chance on video to much more warm reviews. The film is a great way to turn your brain off and laugh for 90 minutes and reminisce over the Adam Sandler comedies of yesterday and hopefully, tomorrow as well.