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Big Daddy

By: Shaun

Starring:

Adam Sandler- Sonny Koufax

Steve Buscemi-Homeless man
Leslie Mann- Corinne
Rob Schneider- Delivery Guy
Jon Stewart- Kevin
Cole and Dylan Spouse- Julian
Joey Lauren Adams
-Leila

 Stars: ** 1/2

The last thing that Adam Sandler wants to do at this point of his life would be to jeopardize his ongoing career of making stupid movies which prove to be lucrative at the box office. Hence he would not like to take a more serious approach in his film career. I do not see why not. This experiment has been proven to be successful with comedic actors lately. Such as Jim Carrey making a turn point in his career with "The Truman Show" and Mike Myers in "54". Sandler needs to be extricated from his web of boyish comedy and transform himself to be taken more seriously. His movies are funny, but how much can we take. In his latest ongoing escapade Sandler tackles a new subject….parenting. You have to say Sandler has some valor or might to allow us to see more seriousness in him, but "Big Daddy" just gets too corny near the end. From the moment the film started I was already in my Sandler groove, laughing at almost every little obscenity he utters. The man is funny, we got that, but I just cannot take another "The Waterboy", luckily "Big Daddy" is not as dreadful. "The Waterboy" offered laughs that were so stupid they were forced out. These films will hinder him from the inevitable success in drama he will encounter. The humor in this film flows like wine, all scenes were a comedic sense is urged for occur, and all is just dandy until Sandler decides to pull a stunt of transforming this movie into melodramatic mess. If he wants us to care about the calamities he should make us care about his characters. All of them serve no purpose but to release a few chuckles and laughs. Usually this would all be just fine for me, but don’t make me care for your characters in situations which are idiotic to begin with. Just keep the pace intact with the belly laughs. I just hate it when everything goes perfectly right for characters in a film, especially when they are slackers who do nothing all day but watch T.V and eat junk food. Its unbelievable moments just come at the worst time, when a film is supposed to leave the biggest impression on its audience, the end. Some of the jokes are stretched out and seem to be overused. Such as a gay couple who keep comparing their bodies to male movie stars, this may have been funny the first two times, but to use the same act throughout the film is just annoying. Luckily Sandler shows some charm in his character, unlike his stuttering moron Bobby Boucher from "The Waterboy". Slapstick is not shown too often here, which is a good thing, rather the movie relays on verbal insults. Maybe the reason why I was not amazed by this film is because I am not a fan of juxtaposing two totally different genres, especially in a film that is too silly to take itself seriously. You cannot throw all these emotions at me when I am unaware, there is a time and a place for everything. There were no moments of suspense throughout, the film was see through, clear and lucid. I knew what was going to happen in the first five minutes. Sometimes simplicity turns me on, but when a film tries to be serious I concur with it, sadly I was unable to in this one.

Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) refuses to move on with his life. He works once a week as a tollbooth collector. The only reason he has any money is because his foot was injured by a cab, he sued and got two hundred thousand dollars out of it which is invested in the stock market. His girlfriend Vanessa is itching for a break up, and his life is going slowly down the drain. All he does is lurch around his apartment watching T.V and sleeping. He has no admirable characteristics to offer and his girlfriend is getting fed up with it. Sonny needs to do something big with his life, like take the BAR exam, get a real job, earn money, form a family. When a five year old kid is delivered to the front step of his apartment, it is like destiny itself synchronized this. The child’s father is supposedly Sonny’s roommate Kevin (Jon Stewart). The only problem is that Kevin is away on business when his child is delivered. The kid’s name is Julian (Cole and Dylan Sprouse), his mother is suffering from cancer so she sends her son to his biological father, who is unaware of this child’s existence. Sonny finds this to be the perfect opportunity to prove to his girlfriend that he is capable of starting a family. The only problem is that his girlfriend has begun an affair with a sixty year old man.

Sonny begins to take a liking to this kid, even when he is rejected by his girlfriend. The two form a bond of trust and loyalty. Sonny teaches Julian to urinate on the street, trip rollerbladers, wear clothes that are of his choice (no matter how obscure they may be). Basically Sonny untamed Julian and lets him do whatever he wants, like any responsible parent would. Sonny now feels compelled to keep the boy even when he has the chance to put him in an orphanage. It turns out to be that having a kid is a good way to obtain girls, that is how Sonny begins a relationship with Leila (Joey Lauren Adams), who is coincidentally the sister of Corinne (Leslie Mann), whom is engaged to Kevin.

Most of the jokes that are used here seem to spread laughter throughout your body, but then that fake "Patch Adams" spires like melodrama kicks in to cloud your judgement. The one most hysterical aspect about all of Sandler’s films is that he has all these spontaneous moments of characters who pop up out of the blue to make you laugh. And you get to see Steve Buscemi pursue some of his antics first seen in "Billy Madison". Overall it is a light and cute film worth your while.

GRADE: B-

Special Thanks To- "Carmel"