A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is too ludicrous to have any real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Comedic pratfalls. Characters fall down, hit their heads. To make a child laugh, the lead character jumps in front of a moving vehicle and gets hit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes referencing sex. Humor mined out of two men being gay and expressing it through comments and kissing. Sign in bedroom reads "Live Nudes."
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Frequent profanity. The adopted child of the movie copies Adam Sandler's character and uses phrases such as "the goddamn Jets," "Is that the guy with the old balls?," "cut the crap," and "a--holes." Adults use variations on "s--t," "d--k," "hell," "a--hole," and "damn." Use of the middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Frequent product placement: McDonald's, Hooters, Pepsi, Frito-Lay products, Yoo-hoo, SpaghettiOs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
For comedic effect, a homeless man makes reference to taking too many mushrooms in the 1970s. Beer and alcohol drinking. A father reminds his son of the time he found a bag of marijuana in his desk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Daddy is a 1999 Adam Sandler film in which Sandler plays an irresponsible man-child who "adopts" a young boy under false pretenses. There is frequent profanity; humor is mined from a 5-year-old saying things like, "Is that the guy with the old balls?" and "But I wipe my own ass." Adults use variations on "s--t," "d--k," "hell," "a--hole," and "damn." While the humor is on the whole typical goofy and obnoxious Sandler fare, jokes are made at the expense of overweight people, and the very idea of two men falling in love and showing their affection by flirting and kissing is seen as something awkward. There is an incredible amount of product placement, and characters repeatedly mentioning McDonald's, Hooters, Pepperidge Farm, Pepsi, and assorted Frito-Lay products. For comedic effect, a homeless man makes reference to taking too many mushrooms in the 1970s. Expect beer and alcohol drinking. A father reminds his son of the time he found a bag of marijuana in his desk. Overall, for those who enjoy Adam Sandler movies, this is typical of the formula he used to great success in the 1990s, and by this point, you either like it or you don't. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Big Daddy has all the unavoidable elements of an Adam Sandler film: slapstick humor, gross jokes, bodily functions galore, spectacular pratfalls, and more than a sprinkling of sexual innuendo. Yet it's a welcome return to the sweetness and heart of The Wedding Singer after the numbing dopiness of The Waterboy, and the tasteless portions (about 90 percent of the film) are played in such a broad and obvious way that there's little risk teens will mistake this for acceptable behavior.
This is not a profound movie, but adolescents (and those who like adolescent humor) will enjoy it. Sandler has a light-enough touch that the movie doesn't become sentimental or lose its sense of humor by adding some heart to the characters. Like the character he plays, Sandler is beginning to learn that you can be responsible and funny at the same time.
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