After a long string of hit movies it seems as though Adam Sandler had finally hit the wall with some real clunkers in Just Go With It, and the unwatchable Jack and Jill. His latest film That’s My Boy, takes him into the world of raunchy comedy similar to that of some of his earlier stand up bits, but is it enough to bring him back? He has brought along an interesting cast including Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Cann, Milo Ventimiglia, Tony Orlando, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, and the ice man himself Vanilla Ice. Is it possible that this strange cast could actually bring Sandler back to comedy gold or will it be the final nail to send him back the comedy obscurity?
That’s My Boy follows a teen, Donny who 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. Not only is this easily one of Sandler’s funniest movies in some time, it is one of the funniest movies to come along in a while period. The story here takes it to the point of over the top then shoves it over the edge creating a raunchy comedy that easily rivals The Hangover. Sandler spend most of the movie using a voice that sound similar to the annoying version used in Little Nicky, but never quite goes far enough to distract you from his hapless hobo of a man. Samberg plays up the strange dysfunctional character perfectly, with him and Sandler playing off of each perfectly. These guys are a perfect match together and they clearly seem to be having a great time. The real surprise here is the addition of Vanilla Ice who plays a mocked version of himself and knocks it out of the part. This isn’t just some quick cameo; this is a co-star level appearance that he nails on every level. Some of the funniest moments in the film have Ice somewhere in the mix. He takes the reigns and never shy’s away from making fun of himself to really pull this version off. There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t love his song Ice, Ice, Baby whether they are willing to admit it or not and this is just one more notch in his belt and could easily be his gateway back to film. The rest of the cast do a great job with almost all of them going that extra mile to really get the needed laughs.
This movie is hysterical on numerous levels and never holds back. It makes sure to earn every bit of the R rating it received and then some. It was great to see Sandler back in funny form and he shows here there is still some spark left in there. Much like most of his films there are still some other surprise cameos to watch out for and all of them deliver. If you are or ever was a fan of Sandler or any of the others involved this is movie is funny as hell and shouldn’t be missed.