That's My Boy (2012 film)
|That's My Boy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sean Anders|
|Produced by||Adam Sandler
|Written by||David Caspe|
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
|Edited by||Tom Costain|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||114 minutes|
The film is about an alcoholic slacker named Donny Berger who fathered a son with his school teacher when he was 13 years old. Donny owes $43,000 in back taxes to the IRS and will have to serve a 3-year sentence if he does not pay it off by the end of the weekend, which happens to be his son's wedding weekend.
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and was nominated for eight Golden Raspberry Awards, ultimately winning in the categories of Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay. The film failed to make back its $70 million budget, making $57.7 million worldwide at the box office as well as being listed in the category of the films that are considered the worst.
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In 1984, 13-year-old Donny Berger begins a sexual relationship with his teacher, Mary McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino). When the two are discovered engaging in sexual activity on a piano during an assembly, she is sentenced to a lengthy prison term where it is revealed she is pregnant. Donny's abusive father is granted custody of the child, whom Donny names Han Solo Berger, until Donny turns 18 and his father's abandonment.
In 2012, Donny (Adam Sandler) is a broke alcoholic slacker who spends his time with his friends, bartender Brie (Ciara) and stripper Champale (Luenell). Donny is estranged from his son who, embarrassed by Donny's immaturity, has changed his name to Todd Peterson (Andy Samberg). Todd, a successful businessman, has recently arrived at the Cape Cod house of his boss, where he is to marry his fiancée, Jamie Martin (Leighton Meester).
Donny learns from his lawyer, Jim Nance (Rex Ryan), that he owes $43,000 to the IRS in back-taxes and will be imprisoned for three years if he doesn't repay the money by the end of the weekend. He visits TV producer Randall Morgan (Dan Patrick), who had produced shows for Donny during his brief period of celebrity, and Morgan offers him $50,000 if he can organize a reunion with Todd and Mary McGarricle at the women's prison.
Donny arrives at Cape Cod to try to convince Todd to participate. Because he had previously told people that his parents had died, Todd introduces Donny as an old friend. Donny elaborates with a heroic backstory and, despite his extremely crude demeanor, quickly becomes well-liked by the others, at the expense of Todd's popularity. Donny tries to convince Todd to come to the women's prison to see his mother, without revealing that it is for a TV show, but he refuses. Todd fights constantly with Donny about his father's immaturity, both now and during his childhood. Donny admits he was wrong for his actions and should've stopped himself. However, he says he didn't know how to be a father because his own father didn't teach him how to be one.
After spending more time with Donny, Todd soon imitates his father's behavior, ultimately having the wedding rehearsal at the church cancelled by engaging in a fist fight with Father McNally (James Caan), the parish priest, who begins to speak in an obscure language after being hit by Todd during the incident. Donny saves him from further embarrassment by convincing the in-laws to move the wedding rehearsal to a different location because Todd is still recovering from the explosion in a church that his parents died in when he was young.
Donny joins Todd and his friends at Todd's bachelor party, a relaxing day at a spa. However, Donny offends the employees and guests and eventually convinces the guys to attend a strip club where Todd bonds with Brie. The group gets drunk and high and commits various acts of debauchery. Over the course of the evening, Todd bonds with his father and agrees to meet his mother (Susan Sarandon) at the prison. Donny, knowing that a TV crew will be waiting, tries to stop the meeting from happening, but Todd goes to the prison anyway. Todd, Donny, and Mary are ambushed by the film crew and a disgusted Todd leaves without signing a release form, leaving Donny without any money.
Donny overhears Jamie on the phone with Todd's boss, Steve Spirou, having a conversation that implies they've been sleeping together behind Todd's back. He tries to warn Todd, but Jamie comes up with a convincing cover story. Later, Donny discovers Jamie having sex with her younger brother Chad (Milo Ventimiglia) at a hotel room. Realizing that she could lose Todd if Donny tells him about her sexual affair with both Chad and Steve, she gives him a $50,000 check in order to keep him quiet.
After receiving a conciliatory present from Todd, an oven mitt he used to cheer him up when he was younger, Donny decides that in spite of Jamie's hush money, he has to stop the wedding. He teams up with his friend from his brief celebrity days, Vanilla Ice, in a desperate bid to get to the wedding in time. At the ceremony, he reveals himself to be Todd's father and rips up Jamie's check. He forces her to admit her infidelity to Todd. Jamie reluctantly does confess by whispering in his ear about her sexual relationships with both his boss and Chad. A disgusted Todd breaks up with Jamie and calls off the wedding. He then tells his boss that he quits his job, acknowledging Donny as his father and even taking back his birth name of Han Solo Berger.
The following day at the strip club, Han reveals that he is dating Brie and offers Donny the money to help pay for the unpaid taxes. However, Donny refuses Han's offer, stating that it's time for him to grow up and accept responsibility for his own actions. Donny is preparing to go to prison and rekindle his relationship with Mary, when a bet he placed wins him enough money to satisfy the IRS. The film ends with Donny and Han celebrating with the rest of their friends.
- Adam Sandler as Donald "Donny" Berger.
- Justin Weaver as 1984 Donny Berger
- Ian Ziering as TV Donny
- Andy Samberg as Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger, Donny's son
- Leighton Meester as Jamie Martin, Todd's fiancée
- Susan Sarandon as Mary McGarricle, Donny's middle school teacher and Todd's mother
- Eva Amurri Martino as 1984 Mary McGarricle. Martino is Sarandon's real-life daughter
- Ciara as Brie, a bartender and Donny's friend, Todd's secondary love interest
- Luenell as Champale, a stripper and Brie's mother
- Vanilla Ice as himself, Donny's best friend
- Milo Ventimiglia as Chad Martin, Jamie's younger brother, who is a modern jazz dancer posing as a Marine
- Rex Ryan as Jim Nance
- Peggy Stewart as Grandma Delores
- Tony Orlando as Steve Spirou, Todd's boss
- Alan Thicke as Donny's father on TV
- James Caan as Father McNally
- Dan Patrick as Randall Morgan
- Will Forte as Phil
- Rachel Dratch as Phil's wife
- Abdoulaye N'Gom as Father Shakalu
- Blake Clark as Gerald
- Colin Quinn as Strip Club DJ
- Nick Swardson as Kenny
- Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Ravensdale
- Todd Bridges as himself and old woman
- Baron Davis as Gym teacher
- Dennis Dugan as School janitor
- Jackie Sandler (Sandler's real-life wife) as Masseuse
A red-band trailer was released on March 1, 2012. A green-band trailer was later released on March 5, 2012. On June 1, 2012, the whole cast sat down with MTV on the City Walk stage to discuss the film, their individual upcoming projects and also participated in a Q&A with the audience. The film was also promoted through the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, where Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Leighton Meester were presenters for Best Kiss.
The film opened on June 15, 2012, grossing $13,453,714 in its opening weekend, ranking #4 behind the second weekends of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus, and the opening of Rock of Ages. This was Sandler's worst opening weekend since Reign Over Me in 2007, which had a significantly lower budget.
Reviews for That's My Boy were generally negative. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 20% based on reviews from 112 critics, with a rating average of 3.4/10. The consensus states, "While it does represent a new foray into raunch for the normally PG-13 Sandler, That's My Boy finds him repeating himself to diminishing effect – and dragging Andy Samberg down with him." Metacritic gives it a weighted average score of 31% based on 27 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Online review show Half in the Bag called the film "pathetic", it went on to criticize Sandler as a comic, including his inability to create real humor that isn't based on childish jokes. Bob Fishbach from the Omaha World Herald gave the film one out of four stars, saying it was "...worse than Sandler's previous stinker, Jack and Jill." Richard Roeper gave the film an "F" rating, calling it "an ugly, tasteless, deadly and mean-spirited piece of filmmaking,” while Alonso Duralde gave the film a scathing review, calling it "vulgar, trite, sexist, misogynist, hacky, tacky, gross, sentimental and stupid, with occasional flourishes of racism and veiled homophobia thrown in to boot."
|Houston Film Critics Society||Worst Film||Won|
|33rd Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Picture||Nominated|
|Worst Actor||Adam Sandler||Won|
|Worst Supporting Actor||Nick Swardson||Nominated|
|Vanilla Ice (as himself)|
|Worst Director||Sean Anders|
|Worst Screenplay||written by David Caspe, uncredited rewrites by Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Robert Smigel, David Wain, and Ken Marino||Won|
|Worst Screen Couple||Adam Sandler and either Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg, or Susan Sarandon||Nominated|
|Worst Ensemble||The entire cast of That's My Boy|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Movie: Comedy/Music||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Male||Adam Sandler|
|Choice Summer Movie Star: Female||Leighton Meester|
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