Adam Sandler plays yet another of his boorish man-child types in crass comedy That’s My Boy, which adds close-to-the-knuckle raunchiness to the star’s usual mix of stupidity and sentimentality. His character is washed-up 1980s celebrity Donny Berger, a vulgar layabout who won notoriety as a schoolboy by fathering a child with his teacher. Now, two decades later, facing jail over an unpaid tax bill, he needs the help of his estranged son (Andy Samberg), a strait-laced business whiz who is about to marry into a snooty upper-class family (Leighton Meester plays his fiancée). Of course, the oafish Donny creates havoc – especially during his son’s bachelor party – but ends up winning over the blue bloods and eventually bonding with his son. Although Donny’s antics more deserve a slap than applause, That’s My Boy is marginally less obnoxious than Sandler’s previous outing, the execrable Jack and Jill, and scores some chuckles with an amusingly self-mocking role for rapper Vanilla Ice and a surprise cameo appearance by Susan Sarandon.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Monday 21st January.
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