Just when you thought Adam Sandler couldn’t deliver any more shock value than he already has, think again. Playing Donny Berger in “That’s My Boy (R),” estranged deadbeat father of the straight edge, neurotic, but successful hedge fund tycoon, Todd Peterson (Andy Samberg), Sandler delivers what might be considered his raunchiest role yet. The story opens in 1984, where a young Donny Berger finds himself involved in a romantic relationship with his smoking-hot teacher, instantly becoming a salacious national story, and setting the stage for a sex-driven and hilarious yet stupid comedy.
At the age of 18, Han Solo Berger changes his name to Todd Peterson and disappears from existence, determined to start a new life and bury the evidence of being the byproduct of an inappropriate student-teacher affair. As much as Donny misses his son and wants him back, it isn’t enough of a reason to rid him of the vulgar and degenerative behavior that he’s become accustomed to and which has led him to his current predicament- facing jail time unless he can come up with $43,000 by the end of a long weekend. With help from a wedding photo he sees on a magazine cover of his son and fiancé (Leighton Meester) and an offer from a prominent newscaster, Donny sets out to reconcile with his son and coax him into a televised jailhouse reunion with his mother, in order to come up with the money. The movie’s plot centers around these two polar opposites, as Donny barges into the bride and groom’s wedding weekend unannounced, causing hysteria for Todd but immediately gaining the respect of his friends and in-laws.
“That’s My Boy” is exactly what you’d expect from an Adam Sandler movie, with lots of off-color humor standing out above a thoroughly wishy washy plot. However, the film has the potential to make you laugh in just about every scene that made the final cut, from the opening to the credits. From sex-laced rants and well-placed racist remarks, to the numerous and seemingly unending cameos by the likes of Rex Ryan, Vanilla Ice, Todd Bridges and more, the comedy certainly delivers big albeit short laughs. Sandler surprises in sporting an authentic sounding ‘Bawston’ accent, and the supporting cast delivers a humorous collective performance, complimenting the film’s two main stars. Although the movie seemed to drag on for roughly a half hour longer than it should have and some of the pop-culture references outplayed themselves, the audience for the most part was entertained throughout. I might lose some friends and will certainly gain a few enemies with the following statement, but I am going to go out on a limb and call this film more entertaining than…”The Hangover.”
“That’s My Boy” is rated R, starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Leighton Meester, has a runtime of 114 minutes, and is released in theaters everywhere on Friday, June 15th.
- Jacob Enzo