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That's My Boy

That's My Boy
Starring:
Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Tony Orlando, Vanilla Ice, Will Forte, Leighton Meester and James Caan.


Rated: R for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: June 15, 2012 Released by: Columbia Pictures

       Adam Sandler's newest film has an (R) rating which gives him a chance to add strippers, gross sex, and plenty of vulgarity - too bad he didn't include some comedy along with it.
 
       He plays Donny Berger, a 40-something year old loser who became infamous as a young teen when his sexy teacher seduced him.   She got pregnant, went to jail and left him to raise their son, Han Solo.   When their son grows up, he changes his name to Todd, moves away from dear old dad and becomes a successful hedge fund whiz.
 
       Todd (Andy Samberg) is a neurotic, quiet guy who's about to be married to a hottie (Leighton Meester) at his boss's (Tony Orlando) mansion.    He's told his fiance's family that his mother and father both died, so when Donny tracks him down to get $43,000.  he owes the IRS, they pass him off as a friend who once saved his life.
 
       Donny is a sloppy, irresponsible, foul-mouthed, beer swilling lout with few, if any admirable qualities.  Every disgusting word out of his mouth is an embarrassment to his son, but he's not going to get rid of him easily.   The only reason his dad looked him up was to secretly arrange a reunion between Todd and his jailed mother so he can sell it to T.V. tabloids,  and pay off his debt. 
 
       Will Forte has a small part as Todd's coworker, Vanilla Ice shows up to make fun of himself and James Caan plays an Irish priest with a mean right jab.   The female cast is mostly just window dressing and sex objects.
 
       Sandler seems to play the same character over and over,  a man who acts like a boy - only this man-child gets to do and say dirty things.  He needs a funny, original idea because he's too old for this kind of juvenile junk.

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