There was a time, somewhere in my teen years when Adam Sandler was a silver screen god. There are those of you I am sure that missed that time and have to understand him only as someone who was kinda of funny pretending to be gay (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry), or horribly unfunny playing a brother and sister (Jack and Jill). And really no one, I mean mean NO ONE need ever speak of the horrid comedy abomination that was "You Don't Mess with the Zohan". But I assure you there was a time when films like "Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore" were simply too funny. The type of film that you and your friends watch with your first twelve pack and laugh till you cry. Indeed I have fondly looked back and thought to myself gosh they just don't make them like that anymore...
And it's true dammit. Like the Caddyshack, and Animal House (and the list goes on) before them those films have become staples of teenagers and young adults the world over. However, since that early magic, as is the case with many a screen funny man, the magic... it has gone the way of the Dodo. But, here now, I am telling you, this film is freaking funny!
The plot... and oh my this is a plot :)
13 year old boy knocks up his teacher. She goes to jail he becomes a early 90s pop icon. Years later he owes back taxes and needs to reunite with his estranged son to raise the funds to avoid jail. You will see many things in this film including; Nut shots, violent nut shots, boobs, at least 7 people getting bottled, attractive women in compromising positions, unattractive women in compromising situations, pee, Chicken nuggets in a plaid pocket, and the list goes and goes on.
This is not a film for people that just don't get why Adam Sandler and his gang of misfits has had the careers they have. I mean part of it is his audience understanding that they must be fairly intoxicated while creating most of their ideas (I give you GRANDMAS BOY anyone). This is a film for the people that still hold the early Sandler stuff in high regard. The same audience that over time has embraced films like "Grandma's Boy" and "Benchwarmers".
Adam Sandberg who I think has a lot of potential on screen is hilarious as Adam's grown son. The way he struggles so hard with his past, and with being accepted in the present is just comic gold. There are enough fantastic pee and fart jokes for the inner teen, and a few clever insider jokes for the struggling inner adult... or is that outer adult now? Hmmm.... also...The cameos are awesome. Rex Ryan (New York Jets coach) has some awesome lines in regards to his real life nemesis the Patriots.
I will say this... This one thing. If you are down with Vanilla Ice having a major role in this film. And Adam Sandler rolling up to his door and saying "Yo Ice, you still got that 5.0?"
If you get that, and it tickles you down somewhere in the depths of your man parts. This is your movie haha.
If not you should just stop...
This film will not be for you.
And yes there is just enough heart to really make you feel for Adam's character "Donnie". A young kid that became a legend for sexing his wicked high school teacher. And for the guys reading this, is there a better way to become a legend? Or would you think there was a better way at 13? I submit - Nay.
movie scale 2.5 out of 5 stars
Comedy scale 3.5 out 5 stars
This film will be bashed by critics and I'm sure the audience that loved Adam Sandler is now so jaded they might just pass, but I promise, it is easily the best comedy he has put out in years... many many years.
This is Charles "I danced with the penguin" Boonsweet signing off.