Big Daddy



Typical Adam Sandler -- charm mixed with crude humor.
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  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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A few tussles


Some vivid references.


Strong language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are a number of sexual references -- some quite vivid -- and a range of the usual PG-13 naughty words and potty humor.

What's the story?

BIG DADDY centers on Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler), a shiftless young man who is wasting his life, much to the chagrin of his parents, friends, and girlfriend. One day, 5 year old Julian (played by twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse) is abandoned on his doorstep through a mix up. Rather than place the boy in an orphanage, Koufax agrees to take care of him for a few days, thinking it will help him win back his ex-girlfriend. At first the two have fun behaving irresponsibly together, but gradually Koufax comes to love the boy and realizes that he wants to keep him. He also realizes that if he wants to keep Julian, he will have to begin to accept some responsibility. He sees the consequences of his slacker lifestyle in the influence he has on the child, and in the risk he runs of losing him. Koufax fights the Department of Social services in court when they come to take the boy back.

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 is 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) are played in such a broad and obvious way that there is little risk that teens will mistake this for acceptable behavior.

This is not a profound movie, but adolescents (and those with adolescent humor) will enjoy it. Sandler has a light enough touch that the movie does not 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of silly comedies like this one. Where is the line between funny and offensive?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 25, 1999
DVD release date:November 2, 1999
Cast:Adam Sandler, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse
Director:Dennis Dugan
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, sexual references, and potty humor

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Kid, 11 years old July 29, 2010

For older kids definitely no one under 10

LOL. By far one of if not THE funniest movies I have ever seen. fair amount of language and sexual content though.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Written byAnonymous October 8, 2010


Why? Common sense, why? My parents were perfectly okay with me seeing this at age 9. Or was it 10? Honestly, this movie is no where near as bad as CSM makes it out to be. It's actually pretty tame. This site is STRICT.
Kid, 12 years old June 12, 2010

Great for young kids to grandparents.

Great movie i watched it when i was very young. Not a good role model setting with a bum livingg in a cruddy apartment, and working in a toll booth. But it does have a very positive message where he fights to win the kid over. Overall great movie appropriate far almost all ages. Absolouetly two thumbs up. :)
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