I have a high tolerance for bad movies. I can forgive terrible plot lines, poorly thought out characters and hit or miss jokes if a film provides even a few good laughs. It was this mentality that led me to see That’s My Boy, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be a good movie, but hoping it would at least provide enough comedic moments to justify paying to see the film.
After knocking up his teacher as a teenager, Donnie (Adam Sandler) reunites with his estranged son years later in an attempt to use his son to make enough money to keep him out of jail for tax evasion. While this plot could actually create an interesting drama with the right people working on it, Adam Sandler’s presence means you can’t expect much more then terrible bathroom humor and ridiculous voices from this half-assed comedy. That being said, if you like fart jokes and the same whinny, man-child character Adam Sandler has played for most of his career, this movie is right up your alley.
Right from the beginning, I was astounded that Adam Sandler has once again proved the world wrong and managed to hit a new low in his career. One of the first scenes, where Donnie’s teacher is coming onto him, could easily be the set up for a film about the traumatizing nature of sexual abuse, but without a hint of irony the film shamelessly labels the incident and pregnancy as “awesome.”
What’s really infuriating about this movie, and Adam Sandler’s recent string of terrible films, is that Adam Sandler is genuinely not a bad actor, and can actually be funny if he tries. However, with the exceptions of Punch-Drunk Love and Funny People, none of the movies he works in are good, and they have been getting progressively worse as time goes on. I just might end up seeing the next disaster of a movie he decides to be in, just to see if it could possibly get any worse then That’s My Boy.
The only thing that kept me from breaking the scale and assigning this movie zero stars was the fact the Andy Samberg’s character was bearable, and even had a few moments of humor in this otherwise aggressively bad comedy. In addition Todd (Samberg) is the only character in the entire movie that acts like a human being, while everyone else from business executives to clergymen to high class socialites are little more then misogynistic idiots swapping stories about how they wished they had banged their teachers. The fact that Vanilla Ice playing himself is not only a major character in the movie, but one of the best characters in the movie should be a testament to how poorly written and all around unwatchable this film really is.
Rating: ½ out of 5