THAT’S MY BOY
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Starring: ** Poor Parenting **
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Sean Anders
Writer: David Caspe
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The movie tells the story of Donny Berger (played by Adam Sandler). As a 15-year-old in the late 1980s, Donny was seduced by an adult high school teacher and fathered a child. At first, he became rich and famous by exploiting the attention, but over the years he lost his fortune as well as his son Todd (played by Andy Samberg), who changed his name and disowned him.
Now, years later, Donny is broke and learns he has to come up with more than $43,000 to meet his debt with the IRS or go to prison. However, a Reality TV producer offers him $50,000 to make peace with his son, Todd, and convince Todd to visit his mother in prison. Donny has to decide what’s more important – the money, or his newfound integrity developed as he tries to bond with his son for real over the son’s wedding weekend. Donny has discovered he does care about his son and wants to remain part of his new life.
THAT’S MY BOY marks one of the few R-rated comedies Sandler has done since taking the reins of his career with BILLY MADISON in 1995. While he’s often traded in a strong level of risqué or raunchy humor for his PG-13 movies, THAT’S MY BOY takes those elements to a much higher (or, should we say, lower) level. The movie has plenty of laughs if one can stomach a parade of profane talk and raunchy behavior, but discerning, media-wise reviewers and viewers are likely to be offended by it across the board.
In fact, the movie’s very premise is offensive. It makes light of sex scandals where pretty female teachers seduce their underage male students. It particularly satirizes the Mary Kay LeTourneau sex scandal by showing the lead character as a teenager receiving great monetary rewards, attention and adulation for being in the midst of such a tawdry situation. THAT’S MY BOY also has wall-to-wall obscenities, profanities, and crude sexual content and innuendos.
In addition to all this, a Catholic priest humorously boxes the father’s son and knocks him out. Also, the father repeatedly ends fights by smashing glass bottles into attackers’ heads, including the priest. The priest is discussed favorably by the bride’s family, and makes a friendly apology to the son, whom he boxed, later in the story. The father then tells the priest, “You’re not cut out for this.” “You’re right,” the priest replies, slipping off his priestly collar and quitting.
THAT’S MY BOY produces some laughs, even if it makes those laughing feel the need to shower afterwards. Sometimes it feels slapdash, with some scenes vastly superior to others, but overall it feels like the moviemakers threw everything against the wall to see what stuck. The father and son reconcile at the end of THAT’S MY BOY, but the rest of the movie contains extremely abhorrent behavior designed to shock viewers and elicit obscene laughs.
THAT’S MY BOY is an extremely raunchy comedy. It produces some laughs, even if it makes those laughing feel the need to shower afterwards. Some scenes are vastly superior to others, but overall it feels like the filmmakers threw everything against the wall to see what stuck. The father and son reconcile at the end of THAT’S MY BOY. However, the rest of the movie contains wall-to-wall, abhorrent foul language, lewd content, and extreme alcohol abuse.