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That's My Boy also known as “I Hate You, Dad”

MPAA Rating: R for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.
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June 15, 2012 (wide)
DVD: October 16, 2012
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father son relationship

bad parenting


Featuring: Adam SandlerDonny
Andy Samberg … Todd
Leighton MeesterJamie
Vanilla Ice … Himself
James CaanFather McNally
Susan SarandonMary McGarricle (Present Day)
Milo Ventimiglia … Chad
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Director: Sean Anders
Producer: Columbia Pictures
Happy Madison Productions
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Distributor: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures

“The story of a child… and his son.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “While still in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up 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.”

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Negative—I like some of Adam Sandler’s past films—they had a certain charm and innocent romanticism. But this one was so sophomoric and crude, I had to get up and leave the theater after the first 30 minutes—and during that time I continually fought the urge to leave, but tried to see it through. And believe me, I’m no stick-in-the-mud self-righteous prude. I’m so disappointed in Sandler. He’s really let me down with this trash. I don’t think I could ever trust going to see one of his new films, in the future. This film should not only be completely avoided by Christians, but also by any decent person with even a shred or morality in their DNA. Yes, it’s THAT bad!
My Ratings: Moral rating: / Moviemaking quality:
—L.J. Capobianco, age 70 (USA)
Negative—I am a big Adam Sandler fan, but this is a far cry from something like “The Wedding Singer” and “Click.” It glorifies men who refuse to grow up. I was hoping that Sandler’s character would have made a real effort to make amends with his long-lost son and change his own life in the process. All he really does is encourage him in drunken debauchery. Living in a drunken stupor is pretty much all the movie is about.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Janet R., age 38 (USA)
Movie Critics

“…Even with 87.5 years to go, the 21st century may never see a stupider comedy than ‘That's My Boy’…”
—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“…an Adam Sandler stinker… another bottom-of-the-barrel raunchfest… ‘That's My Boy’ is puerile, mean-spirited and charmless. The laughs are almost always at someone's expense or involve incredibly vulgar jokes about bodily functions. …”
—Claudia Puig, USA Today

“…Starting with the premise that statutory rape can be occasion for laughter, even applause, ‘That's My Boy’ is a shameless celebration of degenerate behavior, a work of relentless vulgarity and staggering moral idiocy. …Adam Sandler’s raunchiest star vehicle in years…”
—Justin Chang, Variety

“…wretched… It has beer, hot-for-teacher sex, beer, gross-out sex, beer, strip clubs, beer, lots of bodily fluids and, mostly, a family of blue bloods gaga over an uncouth man-child. …”
—David DeWitt, The New York Times

“…Adam Sandler hits a new low… the gags are about statutory rape, hookers, etc. I get it. It's transgressive. But in a culture as polluted as ours, transgressive isn't daring. It's become the opposite of that—repetitive and lazy. …”
—Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

“…the spark and wit of the wordplay that made him a star on SNL have vanished, too. …there are only so many times the actor [Adam Sandler] is going to be able to lean on celebrity cameos and fart jokes before even his most faithful audience abandons him. You know you’re in trouble when you draw fewer laughs than Tony Orlando — and he’s not even trying to be funny. …”
—Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald

“…I heard far more expressions of ‘ewww’ and ‘ick’ than any hearty chortles or guffaws in the screening I attended. … About 150 f-words. More than 40 s-words. …about 30 misuses of God's name (sometimes paired with ‘d__n’) and one or two abuses of Jesus' name. Middle fingers get a workout. …”
—Paul Asay, Plugged In

“…Sandler has made worse movies, but never one as grotesque as this…”
—Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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