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Genre Comedy
Running Time 114 min
Release Date Jun 15, 2012
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That's My Boy

While still in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.

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June 15, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ethan Gilsdorf, Globe Correspondent

The premise of “That’s My Boy” is ludicrous, which is fine.

As a Somerville (wicked!) middle school kid in the 1980s, young Donny scored with his teacher and got her pregnant. She went to prison (a page right out of the 1980s Pamela Smart case) and he raised their son, solo. Actually, make that Han Solo, since that’s what this “Hot for Teacher” kid decided to name his boy. Then Donny rode his own wave of celebrity. For a while.

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Jun 14, 2012 - jonnysox34 on That's My Boy
Low Risk/ High Reward

I didn't want to see this movie (I've all but written Sandler off), but I won tickets to a Monday screening and decided, "why not?"

This movie is as close to classic Sandler as I've seen in a long time. Picture Billy Madison, all grown up (with an awful Boston accent) and a grown son and you'll start to get the idea (although That's My Boy is even more crude than Billy Madison).

I try to view Adam Sandler movies purely for the comedic value. They say ignorance is bliss which is why I choose to ignore the undertones of mild (I'm being generous) homophobia, sexism and even some misogyny. I definitely try to avoid the sentimental parts of his films as they tend to be incredibly cheesy and detract from the comedy. In recent years, his movies have lacked comedy ("Jack and Jill", "Grown Ups"), contained too much sappy to ignore ("Click", "Funny People") and been all around bores.

That's My Boy was refreshingly funny. Sandler toes the line between funny and annoying (the d*ck jokes and obnoxious accent... how many times can you say, "guy"?) but when he drops the ball, Andy Samberg (one of the best in subtle comedy) and the supporting cast (full of cameos) picks up the slack. The theater was laughing hard the whole time with a few "ewwwws" and "OH!s" to boot.

I went in with extremely low expectations but left pleasantly surprised. This is definitely worth watching at least once.

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