Big Daddy movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This comedy with some decent jokes, silly thoughts and just a likeable theme is best for Adam Sandler fans. In Big Daddy, he adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but he ends up bonding with the young boy.


Sonny, a lazy law school graduate with no real goals in life, adopts a 5-year-old kid to prove to his girlfriend he is responsible. However, things take an unexpected turn when the two start to bond and he becomes an unlikely foster father.

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Movie details

Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Joey Lauren Adams, Leslie Mann, Jon Stewart, Rob Schneider, Josh Mostel, Steve Buscemi
Writer: Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Release Date (Australia): 16 September 1999
Runtime: 93 minutes/1h 33m
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

Themes in the film include crude humour, rude behaviour and adoption.

Violence (G)

The film includes scenes of very mild slapstick violence and people being hit with objects.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film features use of the words “ass”, “s**t”, “crap”, “hell” and “damn”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film occasionally features comedic verbal drug references throughout.

Sex (PG)

The film includes sexual innuendo and mild crude references to sex and genitalia.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for language and some crude humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

There’s jokes presented in a very Adam-Sandler fashion, there’s plenty of silliness and the story isn’t great, it’s just okay; it’s an acceptable Adam Sandler comedy. This movie about a lazy, aimless and usually jobless slacker taking responsibility of caring for a young child is targeted at Adam Sandler fans.

Big Daddy will obviously give them everything they want. What else can you really say? If you’ve seen all of Adam Sandler and know an abundance about him, this film is obviously predictable from beginning to end for you. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not everyone’s favourable taste. Firstly, Sandler is just his typical self in this movie. He’s silly, but generally likeable and tries to make some points relating to the dad-themes in this movie.

If you don’t like him or his humour, simply just don’t watch, case closed. But his fans are in for a treat with the silliness but also the emotional-ness of the plot, usually around the second half. Big Daddy succeeds in delivering silly laughs, but it kind of tries to touch you by involving a big parody of an “official adoption” court sequence. It’s charming, but there’s nothing special or new. It’s just enjoyable in an okay way.

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