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Big Daddy

What is it about the current crop of comedians, that they feel they have to resort to bathroom humor so often?  Adam Sandler joins Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers, among others, who think there's nothing like a good bodily function visual to get the audience rolling in the aisles.

Sandler is the same man/child character that he has perfected since his "Saturday Night Live" days.  He plays Sonny, a bachelor who has lived off an insurance settlement and one day a week job as a tollbooth attendant since he graduated from law school.

His girl friend is about to leave him unless he puts his career on track, so when Julian, a 5 year old boy is left on his doorstep, he decides to keep him to show her that he's responsible.

Sonny isn't exactly the first person that would pop into your head as a father-figure.  In fact, he's more of a playmate for young Julian.  Throwing cans on the supermarket floor so he can pay less for dented products, urinating on the side of restaurants and tripping skateboarders for a good laugh, are some of the useful things Julian learns from his new role model.

Sandler is surrounded by a group of talented actors.  Joey Lauren Adams plays Sonny's perky girlfriend, Steve Buscemi plays a street person fond of Egg McMuffins and Joe Bologna is Sonny's disappointed father.

Sandler, who has a hand in co-writing, plays it mostly for laughs, but adds a sweet touch when he realizes that he actually loves the boy and has to fight for his custody.

The humor relies mostly on juvenile pranks and gross visuals, but judging by the huge opening weekend Big Daddy enjoyed, Sandler's fans are hoping he never grows up.

Big Daddy


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