The magical R-rating is both a gift and a curse to Adam Sandler's signature brand of lowbrow humor. In That's My Boy the comedian returns to the dim-witted roots that made him a star in early outings like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (complete with high-pitched mushmouth accent) but with a ramped up "ew" factor. Unrestrained Sandler piles on as many expletives and gross-out scenarios as a two-hour movie can hold — and it works out quite well. With costar Samberg nailing the disgusted straight man role Sandler's penchant for acting like a fool is enhanced by the sick stylings of director Sean Anders (Sex Drive) and only occasionally teetering into truly offensive territory. Laughs aren't guaranteed but the movie provokes (which is a big step up from Jack and Jill).
Back in the '80s Donny had a secret relationship with his teacher Ms. McGarricle that resulted in a son Han Solo (he's a middle schooler what do you expect?). The torrid affair put McGarricle in jail Donny into celebrity tabloid spotlight and Han Solo in the hands of a tween father. Thirty years later everyone's screwed up: Donny (Adam Sandler) is a drunk on the brink of jail time for tax evasion McGarricle's still in jail and Han Solo (Andy Samberg) now "Todd " is a successful number-cruncher with severe social issues. On the weekend of Todd's wedding Donny reenters his life hoping to bring revive their relationship and reunite him with his mother — that is on camera so Donny can make $50 000 from a gossip TV show and stay out of the slammer. Posing as Todd's long-lost best friend Donny stirs up trouble becoming buddies with Todd's friends and family and acting like a imbecile.
The wedding setup is overdone but always prime for comedy: plenty for a numbskull to screw up logical progression (there's a wedding at the end!) and a bachelor party scene to squeeze in the most disgusting bits and have them make sense. That's My Boy makes the most of its conventions — including what we all know and expect from a Sandler comedy — by continually one-upping itself. After a night of heavy drinking at the local strip club/omelette bar that results in do-it-yourself ear piercing and robbing a convenience store with Vanilla Ice Todd returns home to expel the night's worth of drinking all over his fiancee's wedding dress. Then he makes love to the dress. Then his fiancee (Leighton Meester) wakes up to find the dress. Then it goes even further than one would care to imagine. Grossed out yet? Amazingly lower-than-low brow material is handled with clever timing and great delivery. It's just that the foundation is bodily fluids.
That's My Boy falters when it throws in gags that serve zero purpose to the story. Strange racist humor a mentally retarded bar patron played by Nick Swardson (a Sandler mainstay) random allusions to Todd Bridges' drug habits — barrel-scraping one-offs that have nothing to do with the movie. At two hours the movie needs slimming and the fat is apparent. Thankfully the main ensemble goes to great lengths to make the hard R comedy click with Sandler and Samberg playing well off each other (although Samberg doesn't have the making of a leading man after this movie) and SNL alums like Will Forte Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer driving by to bring the funny. Even Vanilla Ice's extended cameo fits the anything-goes tone playing a version of himself that befriended Donny in his celebrity days. Now he works at an ice skating rink.
After a few lame ducks That's My Boy is a return to form for Sandler. It wavers in quality but it has energy and color. A cash-in this is not and for any Sandler fan with a stomach for hardcore bathroom humor it's a must-see.
It seems like just yesterday Adam Sandler was in Billy Madison talking like a child; now he’s got two of ‘em!
The Sand Man reported Tuesday on his Web site that his wife of five years, actress Jackie Titone, gave birth over a week ago to their second daughter.
He wrote: "Jackie and Adam had a beautiful baby girl, Sunny Madeline on November 2 Everyone is happy and healthy."
The couple’s other daughter is 2-year-old Sadie.
Sandler was last seen on screen this summer in the hit comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan and will be back on Christmas Day with the family comedy Bedtime Stories.
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Funnyman Adam Sandler is to be a father for the second time--his wife Jackie Titone is three and a half months pregnant.
The You Don't Mess with the Zohan star, 41, and Titone, 33, will welcome the new addition to their family in October.
Sandler went public with his baby news during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night.
He said, "We're having another baby. (Jackie) is pregnant. She's very sick...she vomits a lot.
"She's three and a half months and she's a bigger girl now."
Sandler and Titone's first child, Sadie, was born in 2006.
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Hollywood funnyman Adam Sandler has become a father for the first time after wife Jackie Titone gave birth on Saturday.
The Big Daddy star posted an excited note on his website declaring, "Sandler had a kid!! Kid is healthy!! Wife is healthy!!"
It is the couple's first child together and People magazine speculates the new arrival is a baby girl, born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Sandler, 39, and his model/actress wife, 30, married in 2003.
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Top Story: Sandler Ties Knot
As Adam Sandler's Web site states, "Sandler got married: Woopity Doo!" The Associated Press reports the comedian wed his girlfriend, actress Jackie Titone, on Sunday in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, Calif. Photographs of the nuptials showed Sandler in a black tuxedo and white yarmulke, and Titone in a white gown with spaghetti straps, standing among hanging pale rose bouquets and chairs draped with pink satin, AP reports. Even Sandler's dog, Meatball, got in the action, dressed up in a black tuxedo jacket. It is the first marriage for Sandler 36, and Titone, 28.
Lil' Kim's Jewelry Swiped at JFK Airport
Lil' Kim claimed she was robbed of $250,000 worth of jewelry when one of her bags was tampered with at the John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport Friday. AP reports the hip-hop artist's Louis Vuitton bag, which carried as much as $500,000 in jewelry, was mistakenly mixed with her regular luggage before boarding a morning flight to Los Angeles. When the bag was retrieved, it was found to have some jewelry missing, including her signature "Queen Bee" necklace. A spokesman for the Port Authority said Lil' Kim "filed a report for lost jewelry, and the incident is under investigation by the Port Authority police."
Harry Potter Book Flies Off Shelves
And the phenomenon continues. The release of the fifth Harry Potter installment Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Saturday set publishing records all over the world, including in the U.S., where on the first day alone an estimated five million copies were sold, AP reports. "We expected to sell 1 million copies in the first week and we sold that many within the first 48 hours," Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio told AP Sunday. Amazon.com shipped out more than a million copies of the new book, making Saturday the largest distribution day of a single item in e-commerce history, AP reports.
2003 Idols Gear Up for Tour
Ticket sales for the upcoming American Idol tour--which features the second season singers, including winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken--are already surpassing the sales from the first Idol tour, Billboard magazine reports. Expanding to 41 dates from 30 in 2002, the tour starts July 8 at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and wraps Aug. 31 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets range from $25-$45 apiece, the same as last year, Billboard reports.
Nelly Sets Up Bone Marrow Search for Sister
Nelly has formed a bone marrow campaign in search of a donor for his sister, Jackie Donahue, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. AP reports the Grammy-winning rapper was on hand for a drive in St. Louis, Missouri over the weekend. "It's not just a one-day event and you'll never hear from us again," Nelly told AP. "It could be a match for somebody else's brother or somebody else's sister."
Playwright George Axelrod Dies
Writer George Axelrod, best known for writing The Seven Year Itch, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Manchurian Candidate, died Saturday of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 81.
Cedric Show Yanked for Now
Fox Television has stopped production on the variety and sketch comedy show Cedric, starring Cedric the Entertainer but plan on running the remaining unseen episodes in the fall, Reuters reports. Despite Cedric's mediocre ratings, Reuters reports Fox originally wanted the show to return for a second season in the fall in hopes to keep the comedian in its fold until the network could develop a more suitable scripted comedy for him.
TV Movie About Fugitive Rapist Changes Ending
Producers of the Lifetime television movie A Date With Darkness: The Trial of Andrew Luster, about real-life fugitive rapist Andrew Luster, are having to rewrite the ending six days before wrapping due to Luster's capture Wednesday in Mexico. Reuters reports Luster, who was confined to house arrest during his trial on charges of drugging and raping three women, escaped five months ago but was apprehended by an American bounty hunter in the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta. The heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune had been sentenced to 120 years in prison.
Role Call: Portrait of Dali To Hit Screens
Director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) has signed on to helm Dali, a biopic on famed artist Salvador Dali. Variety reports the film will focus on the artist who captivated the American art scene with sex, sin and surrealism only to fall eventually into scandal and misfortune.
Davey Stone (voiced by Adam Sandler) was once a JCC junior league basketball star but in the 20 years since then he's become a fall-down drunk and the abhorred town ass. When he gets busted for a dine and dash at a Chinese restaurant the judge is ready to send him to the state pen but fortunately for Davey Whitey (also voiced by Sandler) steps in and changes his fate. The 4-foot-tall junior basketball league referee with severely mismatched feet and insane amounts of fluffy white body hair offers to rehabilitate him through basketball--and the judge agrees. Davey continues to act like an incorrigible idiot. More poop jokes ensue. But when Davey's trailer is torched he moves in with Whitey and his bald owl-like twin sister Eleanore (also voiced by Sandler) and Davey's transformation begins in earnest with (what else?) a song. There's also a love interest Jen (Jackie Titone) Davey's childhood sweetheart who now thinks--not erroneously--that he's an utter jerk. She's raising her son Benjamin on her own because her husband has left her--and naturally her son likes basketball. Benjamin bonds with Davey his new male role model who teaches him valuable lessons about sportsmanship--for example when you win shout "Eat that nut strap bee-yatch!" You go big daddy.
Sandler takes on the three major roles in Eight Crazy Nights: Whitey Eleanore and of course Davey who has quite a hot bod' for a cartoon character. Sandler also voices several extremely talented deer that lend their assistance at key points in the story. Early on Sandler's extremely whiney Whitey voice is strident enough to give new meaning to the phrase "Kill Whitey " but the little guy grows on you. Part elf part Santa Claus his kindness to everyone--and especially his sister Eleanore--is touching. Sandler gives Eleanore a similarly annoying voice that goes perfectly with her owl-like glasses really large teeth and wide variety of wigs. These are definitely two holiday-movie characters we haven't seen before. Davey on the other hand is much more familiar; he's an infinitely more grotesque and nasty version of the depressed George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. The three characters work well together not surprisingly since Sandler's calling all the shots and one of the high points of the film comes when all three characters do a rollicking musical number called "Technical Foul " in which Whitey and Eleanore explain the rules of their household to Davey.
Eight Crazy Nights is holiday movie with a flavor that's standard Sandler: It tastes good goin' down but it tends to repeat on you. At its best moments the movie reaches great satirical heights; at its most grotesque it's typical Sandler fare that will no doubt have die-hard fans of the former SNL regular roaring with laughter at all the requisite poop jokes flying snot and gastric disorders--and believe me when I tell you there are a lot of them. But all this scatological fun springs from your basic holiday plot--bad guy turns good with the help of a few friends--and that's where the film becomes problematic. It ends up spewing as much sentimental crap as it does puke. Witness this lyric from the climactic musical number fittingly sung in the mall by various signature logo characters including the Panda Express panda the Foot Locker guy two toy soldiers from Kaybee Toys and so on: "It's time to cry Davey…deal with the pain…Let it out Davey." Ugh! Despite the scene's trenchant commentary on holiday commercialism the lyric is absolutely puke-inducing.