That's My Boy (2012 film)
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|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|
|Box office||$57.3 million|
The film is about an alcoholic slacker named Donny Berger (Sandler) who fathered a son (Samberg) with his school teacher. Donny owes $43,000 in back taxes to the IRS and will have to serve a three year sentence in prison if he does not pay it off by the end of the weekend, which happens to be his son's wedding weekend.
It was released on June 15, 2012 by Columbia Pictures and was a critical and financial failure, grossing $57 million against a $70 million budget.
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In 1984, Donny Berger's teacher, Mary McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino), begins a sexual relationship with him. When this relationship is discovered, she is sentenced to a maximum penalty prison term where she is revealed pregnant. The unborn child is given custody to Donny's abusive father until Donny turns 18 to assume full custody.
In 2012, Donny (Adam Sandler) is a broke alcoholic slacker who spends his time with his friends, bartender Brie (Ciara) and her stripper mother Champale (Luenell). Donny is now separated from his son (Andy Samberg) who, embarrassed by Donny's immaturity, has changed his name to Todd Peterson. 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. However, Nance has him place a $20 bet on an 8000:1 contestant named Tubby Tuke in the following Monday's Boston Marathon. In spite of this, Donny realizes that he may need a back-up plan should Tubby Tuke lose. 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. Todd had previously told people his parents were dead, so he introduced Donny as an old friend. Donny quickly becomes well-liked by the others, at the expense of Todd's popularity. Donny tries to convince Todd to see his mother at the women's prison, without revealing that it is for a TV show, but he refuses. Todd fights constantly with Donny about his father's immaturity, Donny replies by saying he was young and didn't know how to be a father. Todd eventually imitates his father's behavior, including engaging in a fight with Father McNally cancelling the church rehearsal.
Donny joins Todd and his friends at Todd's bachelor party, a relaxing day at a spa. However, Donny convinces the guys to attend a strip club where over the course of the night, Todd eventually agrees to meet his mother at the women's prison. Donny, knowing a TV crew will be there tries to stop the meeting, but Todd goes anyway. Mary, Donny and Todd are ambushed by TV crew, forcing a disgusted Todd to leave 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 that fools Todd. Later, Donny discovers Jamie having sex with her 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.
Despite Jamie's hush money, Donny has to stop the wedding. With help from his friend from his celebrity days (Vanilla Ice), they make it to the wedding in time. Donny reveals to be Todd's father, rips up Jamie's check and forces her to admit her actions behind Todd's back. Todd, disgusted breaks up with Jamie and accepts Donny as his father and takes back his birth name of Han Solo Berger.
At the strip club the following day, Han reveals to be dating Brie and offers Donny the money to pay for his unpaid taxes. However, Donny refuses, stating it's time for him to take responsibility for his actions. He prepares to go to prison and rekindle his relationship with Mary after his term, as the bet he placed on Tubby Tuke won him $160,000, keeping him out of prison.
- 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 and Mary's biological son
- Leighton Meester as Jamie Martin, Todd's unfaithful 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
- Rex Ryan as Jim Nance
- Peggy Stewart as Grandma Delores, Steve's mother
- 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
- Baron Davis as Gym teacher
- Dennis Dugan as School janitor
- Jackie Sandler (Sandler's real-life wife) as Masseuse
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In many countries, the film was edited for less restrictive ratings, most notably being originally rated NC-17 by the MPAA due to its non-stop explicit sexual content, making the film Sandler's only attempt at an NC-17 rated film. The film was later re-rated R on appeal for "crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use". It was his seventh movie to be given that rating with the other six being Going Overboard (his film debut), Shakes the Clown, Bulletproof, Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me and Funny People.
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.
The film grossed $36,931,089 domestically and $57,719,093 worldwide and failing to recoup its $70 million budget, making it a financial failure. This was Sandler's fourth box office failure, with the other three being Little Nicky, Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me.
That's My Boy was panned by critics and has a "rotten" score of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 113 reviews with an average rating of 3.4 out of 10. The critical 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." The film also has a score of 31 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
The film was criticized for making light of statutory rape, incest and child neglect. Online review show Half in the Bag called the film "pathetic" and "painful", and 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 that 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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