Tuesday Jun 19 2012
"That's My Boy" a vehicle for Adam Sandler's comedy return
By: Frank Miller Special to The News Messenger
?That?s My Boy? Directed by Sean Anders Starring: Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg Rating: Two out of five stars ?That?s My Boy? a vehicle for Adam Sandler?s comedy return By Frank Miller Special to The News Messenger It seems that Adam Sandler is bent on releasing a terribly unfunny movie every year and his latest film, ?That?s My Boy,? just barely breaks that streak by being somewhat enjoyable. If that sounds like scant praise, let?s just say that Sandler?s output of late makes it a full-time job to look for silver linings. The film stars Sandler as Donny Berger, a washed-up pseudo celebrity who was famous for having an affair with his teacher while he was in high school. That relationship yielded a child and made Berger a father before he could drive a car. However, he gets caught up in being a Jerry Springer-esque icon and neglects his paternal duties. Years later, facing jail time over unpaid taxes, Berger seeks out his estranged son (Andy Samberg) to make a quick buck by appearing on television together. Sandler is clearly having a ball playing the scumbag with a heart of gold and his return to raunchiness gives the film a lively quality that has been missing from his movies for a long time. Samberg is serviceable in the straight-man role but his talents go largely wasted. Known for his outlandish characters on ?Saturday Night Live,? Samberg is handcuffed by playing Sandler?s sounding-board. The surprise of the film is Vanilla Ice (yes, really) playing a fictionalized version of himself. He?s a good sport about his status as a has-been and the film takes pleasure in prodding him. ?That?s My Boy? only works as a guilty pleasure vehicle for Sandler?s immature humor. However, if you?re looking for anything more than a handful of gross-out gags, you?ll be left disappointed. For my money, I?ll take the gross-out styling of ?That?s My Boy? over any other generic Sandler sludge but he?s still got a long way to go before he returns to the comedy throne. Frank Miller is a Sacramento writer.