Blu-ray Review: ‘That’s My Boy’ is More Mediocre Than Disastrous

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CHICAGO – Perhaps it’s that I had heard SO many negative things about Adam Sandler’s comedy bomb “That’s My Boy” that by the time I finally got around to watching the Blu-ray I didn’t find it to be that awful. It’s certainly better than his trifecta of crap in 2012 - “Just Go With It,” “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” (which Sandler produced), and “Jack and Jill.” Although lower standards doesn’t forgive the fact that this flick has definite problems. Just not as many as you may have heard. Blu-ray rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

Sandler and Samberg have reasonable comic chemistry, a good timing together, and the movie moves at a strong pace for its first hour. It’s in the second one when things start to go really awry, as Vanilla Ice and Rex Ryan get way too much screen time and we’re subjected to things like a drunken Samberg banging his wife’s wedding dress before puking on it. “That’s My Boy” starts at such a high gross-out degree that it has nowhere to go. And I’ll never understand why Sandler keeps casting so many non-actors in increasingly large roles. It’s indicative of how seriously he takes comedy — which is not very.

This is the biggest bomb of Sandler’s career and so it’s not surprising that the Blu-ray is a bit mediocre in terms of special features. There’s the requisite gag reel & deleetd scenes but the featurettes are truly for fans only and there probably aren’t many of those.

That's My Boy was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16, 2012
That’s My Boy was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16, 2012
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While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent 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. Co-starring Leighton Meester, and featuring incredible cameos from a cavalcade of stars including Vanilla Ice, Susan Sarandon and James Caan.

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Special Features:
o Deleted Scenes
o Gag Reel
o Who Are All These People?: Celebrity Cameos
o Greetings From Cape Cod
o Classy Rick’s Bacon And Leggs: Go Inside The Strip Club To See Champale’s Moves On The Pole

“That’s My Boy” stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, and James Caan. It was directed by Sean Anders. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16, 2012. content director Brian Tallerico

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