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Thirty-two-year-old Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) has spent his whole life avoiding responsibility. But when his girlfriend 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 five-year-old Julian (Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse) to impress her. She's not impressed... and he can't return the kid. Uh-oh for Sonny!
Gosh--kids. You gotta love 'em, right? Well, not necessarily-- particularly if you're Adam Sandler. But Big Daddy is about paternal devotion in its own oblique way. Sandler plays Sonny Koufax, a law-school grad who has been milking an accident settlement to cover his living expenses, while he continues to slack his way through life. But when his girlfriend threatens to dump him, he decides to show her he's serious about their relationship and pretends to adopt a little boy (in fact, his roommate's son from a one-night stand several years earlier, who shows up on their doorstep just after the roommate leaves town on a job). But after taking care of the tyke for a couple of days, Sonny finds that it's a little like feeding that stray dog that followed you home: Before you know it, you've grown attached to the little fella--and then what are you going to do? By turns crude and maudlin, Big Daddy has its share of laughs and will certainly entertain fans who like Adam Sandler best when he plays the case of arrested development with a smart-aleck retort for everything. --Marshall Fine
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As usual, Sandler plays a character who has never really grown up; Sonny Koufax is a law school graduate, but he works in a toll booth one day a week and basically tries to live as if he is still an undergrad. His girlfriend Vanessa (Kristy Swanson) wants a man of means and goals, and he's trying to figure out how to get her back when little Julian (played by Cole and Dylan Sprouse) is literally dropped at his doorstep. It's not even his kid; the biological father is Sonny's roommate who has just left town on business. Sonny tells his newly-engaged buddy that he will handle everything, initially planning just to keep the kid until Social Services opens the next day - but he can't let little Julian be tossed into an orphanage. He doesn't exactly follow Dr.Read more ›
In this film, Sandler plays the role of a man who is in his thirties, and has done nothing with his life. He works only one day a week - in a toll booth! Through an odd twist of events, he ends up looking after a child, and the two become very close thanks to his unique (but certainly awkward) parenting choices. Unfortunately, he quickly learns there is more to parenting than just fun and games.
This is an excellent film, since it's more than "just another Adam Sandler movie." Perhaps this is due to the drama that you don't get in most of his films. It's not an outrageous film (like many of his previous ones), but it's still a good one nonetheless, and more likely than not, you'll be pleased. The film contains a variety of excellent songs - most of which are covers (remakes.)
The DVD gives you all the basic features you'd expect - scene selections, trailers for this and other films, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, etc. And unlike a plethora of DVD movies out there today, this one contains full screen and widescreen on a single disc! I was hoping for deleted scenes too, but I'm not complaining.
This is one of the best films in Sandler's catalogue. If you want to watch a good comedy film, as only Sandler could do, I strongly suggest seeing this movie.
But in "Big Daddy", Sandler plays Sonny Koufax. What makes this role so much better is that there's a sense of love from within. When a young boy (Cole/Dylan Sprouse) is left outside his door, he takes him in and gives him a home. And for anyone who saw "Billy Madison" you see the irony here. Anyway, to make a long story short, it's the most well-rounded character he's every played. It's a movie that anyone can like, even if they don't like Adam Sandler. Grant it, he has the starring role, but he's with a great supporting cast. It includes Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart and Rob Schneider, along with some Sandler-movie regulars. Joey is particularly good here. She provides more seriousness than most of his female co-stars from earlier films.
This movie is definetly a comedy--and it' a good one at that. But it has more than just stupid laughs. It's cute, it's sad, and it's something you shouldn't be able to hate. The movie may be around 3.5 stars, it's better than just three. The only reason it didn't get more is because of the ending. I didn't think much of the ending, but I guess it was fitting. Anyway, Adam Sandler does something in this movie that I hope continues for him; that being playing great roles. So watch this movie, whether you like Adam Sandler or not. It' a great film.
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Great movie, kid is a little annoying but I didn't get it for the kid.Published 4 months ago by Raymond Giroux
Shipped quickly, movie is as advertised. Great seller. Great movie.Published 12 months ago by Jesse Hutchinson
I have not seen this item so cannot comment - but understand from my Grandson that when it finally arrived he was pleased with it.Published on May 23 2014 by Ray Talbot
This was a good buy. I enjoyed this movie very much. Id recommend it to young adults, teens and comedy loversPublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Derek
this movie is awsome! i love it! one of my favourite adam sandler movies! its funny n shows emotion. him and rob schnieder 2gether are one of the greatest movie combos ever! Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2006 by kirk
This is a great movie, all around. It's got comedy like every Adam Sandler movie, but it's also got a real show of heart. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Xera
I first saw this movie on TV edited for a general audience. I guess the whole family and I were enjoying it so much we didn't notice all the Bleeps. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by JediMack
Big Daddy is a beautiful movie.
Yes, it is crude at times. But Sandler shows what live is all about, hope, love and faith.