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That's My Boy!

Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 7:32 PM

That's My Boy is the latest Adam Sandler flick and this one co-stars Andy Samberg. Sandler plays Donny who fathers a son (Samberg) while still in High School and raises him as a single parent until his 18th birthday. The story picks up when Donny tries to reunite with his son on the eve of his wedding.

Sandler has had a recent string of bad films after a remarkable stretch of huge hits starting way back in 1995. Most notably, his previous film - Jack and Jill. While most people absolutely hated Jack and Jill and 99% of critics all agreed that it was garbage - I managed to find it slightly entertaining and not as bad as it was made out to be. Then, That's My Boy started to get advertised and I was mildly interested in what was in store with both Sandler and Samberg sharing the screen in what seemed like a sure-fire hit. Then, negative reviews starting pouring in and bad box-office openings and it seemed liked this one was destined to be another misfire from Sandler.

I was still excited to watch it, as a fan of Sandler since 1995 and his amazing films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. I've at least enjoyed watching all of them so far - but this one kind of goes the wrong direction.

I did still mildly enjoy the film and if your a fan of Sandler - its still worth going to see, but it is definitely the worst of his career in my opinion. It has a strung together story that features long and useless gag sequences that are completely unnecessary to the story and even worse - they aren't that funny. I think the R rating that they obviously were going for was the first mistake. Sandler is much better in the PG and PG-13 realm of comedy and should probably stick to that. He seems out of place and never becomes likable so that the audience cheers for him to actually reconnect with his long lost son. On top of that, Samberg and Sandler manage to have no chemistry on screen. It would have made for quite the epic movie for those two to combine forces and make a hilarious flick but it turned into a very sad effort.

That's My Boy is not a recommended flick except for the die-hard Sandler fans. Now playing at Cinema 3 in McCook - check out showtimes at www.fridleytheatres.com and make sure you get your tickets for next week's new release - THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! It will be in both 2D and 3D and starts Tuesday, July 3rd. Should be a great time!

No comments from last week, so make sure you comment this week to get a free movie rental from Movie House! A random commentator gets a free movie rental of his/her choice each week simply by joining the conversation. Did you see That's My Boy and loved it? Did you agree that it wasn't worth watching? Tell us your opinion below! And check out Movie House at www.facebook.com/moviehousemccook or in downtown McCook at 220 West 1st.


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The last Adam Sandler movie I've watched in theaters was Old Dogs. I thought it was pretty charming and enjoyable, all things considering. I'm not sure if I would've enjoyed Jack and Jill, though. Sounds more like a study for split personality disorder than a movie.

I look forward to hearing your review of Spider-Man. I thought it was a great reboot, and I'd have to say that I prefer Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger. I don't think I can say the same for his Peter Parker, but that is probably more due to how he was written in this movie. I should probably re-watch the old trilogy, though, to see if my comparisons to the two would be accurate, or if I'm just basing them off of Spider-Man 3.

-- Posted by bjo on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 9:45 AM


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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.