Big Daddy (1999)
In one of the earlier roles that helped him become the star he is today, Adam Sandler stars as Sonny Koufax, a poor schlub who works as a tooth booth operator but doesn’t do much else with his life. When his roommate Kevin goes out-of-town, a kid shows up on Sonny’s doorstep claiming to be the biological son of Kevin, but since he is gone, Sonny decides to try and take care of the boy until Kevin comes home. It turns out that Sonny doesn’t really know how to take care of a kid and several funny situations ensue because of that fact. When Social Services find out that young Julian (Cole and Dylan Sprouse) isn’t in the best of situations, but when the real Kevin comes home, things look a little brighter.
Known probably for the “Hooters” jokes most of all, Big Daddy takes distasteful dialogue and mixes it with charming moments that warm the audiences’ hearts. Not the best of Sandler’s collection, but not the worst, however, probably in the top 5 of favorites by fans because it came at a time when Sandler’s brand was taking off. The supporting cast of Leslie Mann, Joey Lauren Adams and John Stuart helped with the comedic value, but the real star of the show is Cole and Dylan Sprouse who play Julian. They make everything “cute” and innocent when Sandler tries to make them adult. There might not be a whole lot here that is “special” but there sure is plenty to call memorable. Co-starring Josh Mostel, Rob Schneider, Kristy Swanson, and Steve Buscemi.
9/10 Stars – Might be a stupid story with not much thought, but it sure is funny!
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