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Big Daddy (A Movie Review)

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

BIG DADDY (1999)

Starring Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Josh Mostel, Rob Schneider, Kristy Swanson, Joseph Bologna and Steve Buscemi. 

Screenplay by Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler.

Directed by Dennis Dugan.

Distributed by Columbia / Tri Star Pictures.  93 minutes.  Rated PG-13.

I don’t ever dismiss a movie out of hand.

After all, even the worst movies come from hard work and sweat of dozens of people… And who am I to dismiss their toiling?

With that in mind, I have to say Big Daddy sucks.

It has no redeeming value whatsoever. It isn’t funny. It isn’t heartwarming. It isn’t anything.

Adam Sandler doesn’t even try to portray a character (which isn’t beyond his grasp, he was pretty good in The Wedding Singer.) The story of a lazy degenerate (Sandler) who turns a cute little five-year-old boy into… well… a five-year-old lazy degenerate, Big Daddy is poorly-plotted lowest-common-denominator filmmaking.

Don’t bother with this piece of garbage. (6/99)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright © 1999 All rights reserved. Posted: June 17, 1999.

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