Big Daddy (1999) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Big Daddy has some big laughs and more than a few sentimental moments. These elements are often a winning combination for star Adam Sandler and Big Daddy is a return to outstanding form after the obnoxious Waterboy flick. This is another immature comedy that should be scorned for the appalling, ignorant, and hypocritical message of the film, but it’s so funny that I could care less about the film’s agenda and instead focused on rolling with the good time.

Thirty-two-year-old Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) has spent his whole life avoiding responsibility. But when his girlfriend (Kristi Swanson) dumps him for an older man, he’s got to find a way to prove he’s ready to grow up. In a desperate last-ditch effort, Sonny adopts 5-year-old Julian (Dylan Sprouse), (Cole Sprouse) to impress her. When the plan goes awry Sonny faces a terrible decision and realizes that perhaps its time to grow up and take on life.

Sonny Koufax is an ideal Sandler character and Big Daddy is the perfect vehicle for the movie star to end the 1990’s. The picture plays to his strengths and acknowledges his detractor’s complaints while joyfully embellishing in the incorrectness that has become a touchstone of the comedian’s films. Big Daddy is a perfect entry point for non-Sandler enthusiasts to give the actor and his juvenile humor another chance.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Rob Schneider

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