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Big Daddy (1999)
Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
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Editorial Reviews:
Gosh--kids. You gotta love 'em, right? Well, not necessarily-- particularly if you're Adam Sandler. But Big Daddy is about paternal devotion in its own oblique way. Sandler plays Sonny Koufax, a law-school grad who has been milking an accident settlement to cover his living expenses, while he continues to slack his way through life. But when his girlfriend threatens to dump him, he decides to show her he's serious about their relationship and pretends to adopt a little boy (in fact, his roommate's son from a one-night stand several years earlier, who shows up on their doorstep just after the roommate leaves town on a job). But after taking care of the tyke for a couple of days, Sonny finds that it's a little like feeding that stray dog that followed you home: Before you know it, you've grown attached to the little fella--and then what are you going to do? By turns crude and maudlin, Big Daddy has its share of laughs and will certainly entertain fans who like Adam Sandler best when he plays the case of arrested development with a smart-aleck retort for everything. --Marshall Fine

Product Details
  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams
  • Director: Dennis Dugan
  • Encoding: 1 (U.S. and Canada)
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2023
  • Running Time: 93
  • Language: English (Dubbed), English (Subtitled), English (Original Language)
  • ASIN: B00000K3UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 Based on 178 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 2843

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Big Daddy, Aug 9, 2023
If you like Adam Sandler you will love this movie. Very funny!!! My top three Adam Sandler movies are: Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, & The Wedding Singer.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5A must see, Jul 10, 2023
Let me start off my review by saying that Adam Sandler is my favorite comedian,and that I have all of Sandler's albums and I have seen and own a lot of his movies. Yes,BILLY MADISON and HAPPY GILMORE are both hillarious and classic comedy films-but what is the best movie Adam Sandler has made? In my opinion,that honor goes to BIG DADDY-which not only has everything an Adam Sandler film usually has to it and is,but it also has everything any kind of comedy film needs. Read on for my review of this:

This time,Adam Sandler is Sonny Koufax,a young male living in New York City who has never wanted reponsibility. Koufax works at a toll booth,and his dad,one of the most respected lawyers in Florida,has been,as Koufax puts it,hassling him his whole life to get a job. Koufax is a grown man,so he doesn't exactly have to do what his dad wants him to do now,correct? Correct-but there is a problem. The problem is that his girlfriend,Vanessa,is sick of Sonny being so lazy and is not sure whether or not she should stay with him.Oh no...what is Sonny going to do now?

Sonny is not exactly sure what to do to make Vanessa want to stay with him...but then,something happens that Sonny thinks could help him get Vanessa to stay with him. One morning,a five-year old boy named Julian shows up at his Manhattan apartment after he has been dropped off by an older kid who is probably about fourteen or fifteen years old. After one of Sonny's closest friends,Kevin(Jon Stewart)claims that Julian is not his son,Sonny takes responsibility for Julian-and after he finds out that Vanessa has left him for an older man,funny,sad,and heartwarming events continue on for about an hour or so.

BIG DADDY is one of the best "parenting" films ever made. Some parents say that they don't want their children watching this film because some of the things they(Adam Sandler and the two twins in this film who played Julian,Cole and Dylan Sprouse)do in this film are stupid--OK,so that may be true,but WHO CARES???!!! It's a film-and it's a hillarious film also. With this film,Adam Sandler brought out the goofy kid he played in BILLY MADISON and HAPPY GILMORE and helped make a film that already had a lot going for it really great,really sweet,and really funny.

This film,without question,is a must see film-no matter how old you are.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5Sometimes course, but genuinely funny and even heart-warming, Jul 10, 2023
Adam Sandler is always entertaining, but Big Daddy never really piqued my interest; looking back now, I think the previews of this film did it a disservice. Certainly, Big Daddy has its course moments, but it's an excellent comedy that just so happens to have a heart. Some would say this film sets a bad example for kids. First of all, this isn't one of those education films of the 1950s that tells you how to be a good parent. More importantly, though, what you have here is a guy who is more than willing to "grow up" and change his life in order to be a father to a kid he genuinely loves. Plenty of fathers in the world raise their kids to be little gentlemen and ladies, but often it's more about a father not wanting his son or daughter to embarrass him than it is about genuine fatherly love. To me, Big Daddy is - in its own quirky, Sandler-ish way - a tribute to all the fathers out there who genuinely love their children.

As usual, Sandler plays a character who has never really grown up; Sonny Koufax is a law school graduate, but he works in a toll booth one day a week and basically tries to live as if he is still an undergrad. His girlfriend Vanessa (Kristy Swanson) wants a man of means and goals, and he's trying to figure out how to get her back when little Julian (played by Cole and Dylan Sprouse) is literally dropped at his doorstep. It's not even his kid; the biological father is Sonny's roommate who has just left town on business. Sonny tells his newly-engaged buddy that he will handle everything, initially planning just to keep the kid until Social Services opens the next day - but he can't let little Julian be tossed into an orphanage. He doesn't exactly follow Dr. Spock's rules for parenthood, but Sonny soon comes to love the little tyke - even after it becomes clear that he and Vanessa are through. When Social Services finds a family for Julian, Sonny can't give him up - until he's forced to. The fact that he posed as the kid's biological father doesn't stand him in good stead when he tries to get custody of the kid, but he's determined to try.

Sonny teaches Julian a lot of dubious things, but he also does the kid right when he realizes that his laissez faire parenting method isn't what is best for the child when it comes to schoolwork and the like - and he comes up with some pretty ingenious ways to inspire Julian. Before this film is through, there are actually a few heartwarming moments - which are accomplished without sacrificing any of the comedy. The cast is great (even Jon Stewart isn't all that bad); Joey Lauren Adams in particular brings a special something to the film as Sonny's new girlfriend.

I don't, as a rule, enjoy comedies built around children doing some of the disgusting things that children do, but Big Daddy was a pleasant, very entertaining surprise. You can't really go wrong with a Sandler movie - laughs are guaranteed, and there's almost always much more to the story than you might expect.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5My Favorite Sandler Movie., Jul 5, 2023
Big Daddy is a movie in which Adam Sandler stars as a toll booth guy ( Sonny Koufax ) trying to raise a kid on his own to impress his " girlfriend " Vanessa (Kristy Swanson).

Big Daddy is my favorite Sandler movie, and one of my favorite ever movies, simply because of its humor and simple enough story. Some people think that some intended humor in this movie was pointless and stupid, but I highly dissagree. There are jokes throughout this entire movie, even sometimes during "emotional" times. if you haven't seen this movie by now, I feel bad for you, because this movie even has Rob Schneider (Nazo), Sonny's "best friend", who is a delivery guy, and is funny throughout the movie. Steve Buscemi is also in this movie, playing the Homeless guy, who also adds some humor into the already funny movie.

Why do some people say "this is a movie that creates bad examples for kids"? Well, yeah it might, but they also must forget the fact this is rated PG-13, so kids if they don't wanna shouldn't watch it then.

Anyways, obviously buy this movie. If you don't; " I'll give you a crew cut mister. "

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

3Fairly descent..., Jun 29, 2023
I own this DVD and I have to admit that I NEVER watch it. It was an ok movie but it's not aa good one to buy. It's a great rent with some very funny jokes that you'll laugh about for a while. But, because of the lame plot, and because it's lame at time and not funny, and because it's not a good but, I'm giving it 3 stars. The movie's about a guy that adopts a child to please his girlfriend. But she dumps him after cheating on him and doesn't care. The man doesn't have a big bond with the kid but it starts to develop. The man teaches his son a lot of bad habits like peeing in public, eating like a pig, and lets him name himself.
The movie has some funny jokes but the movie kind of is lame and very childish and pointless at times. I guarantee that it will deliver some laughs but I don't think that this is one to own. Like most of Sandler's movies, they're good rents but not usually good buys.


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