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Big Daddy (1999)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 55

Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 18

Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.



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Prospective parents everywhere, meet the world's least likely paternal role model: Adam Sandler! In Big Daddy, Sandler plays 30-year-old bachelor Sonny Koufax, a carefree slob who has never much taken to adult responsibilities; he works one day a week as a tollbooth collector, and spends the remainder of his time living off of a $200,000 reward he collected from an auto accident. All told, the life suits him just fine. However, as his old buddies start getting married and drifting away, Sonny


Comedy, Kids & Family

Steve Franks, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Mar 6, 2001

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (55) | DVD (17)

This light yet earnest drama starring Adam Sandler deals openly with one of the most insidious elements in popular filmmaking -- the male screenwriter's relationship with his own father.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This lightweight, bubblegum caper synthesises robust, physical humour, self-deprecation and witty one liners. The main problem, as with most other dumb boy pictures, is that the supporting characters are underwritten.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Funny-sweet, understand, not bleccchh sweet.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Worst of all is the way Sandler wants to have it both ways: to muck around in gross-out humor one minute and then turn schmaltzy the next minute with some fraudulent business about how much he loves the kid.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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How's this for a novel complaint: Big Daddy just isn't stupid enough.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's no doubt Sandler is talented, but if he persists in believing that, like Elvis, his presence alone covers a multitude of omissions and inconsistencies, he will squander his gift and make a series of forgettable films in the process.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Typical Adam Sandler -- charm mixed with crude humor.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The heavy-handed sentimentality provokes a most violent gag reflex.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

Ending is predictably gooey but Sandler's edge staves off the sludge for long enough in an otherwise fresh and funny piece.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Those expecting another run of the mill Sandler film will either be pleasantly surprised or disgusted by this foray of his into new and different territory.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Another genial Sandler opus.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

However simplistic Big Daddy is, it is also easy viewing.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Things roll along quite charmingly, until the action hit the courtroom and gets bogged down in a boorish, maudlin custody case.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An essentially mean-spirited comedy.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Sandler continues to bring a sweetness, irreverence and unpredictability to the screen that make hits out of his films.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Though there are several truly funny moments in Big Daddy, they're all included in the trailer, so if you've seen it, that's all you need.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Not so bad.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer just might wind up with a new found respect for Sandler.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Don't expect La Dolce Vita and you'll love Big Daddy.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

I still enjoyed myself at Big Daddy, but I didn't leave the theater marveling at how Sandler is able to make me laugh every time.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Just when you thought it was safe to see another Adam Sandler movie, along comes Big Daddy.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The best and worst that can be said about "Daddy" is that it probably won't do any permanent damage to the careers of anyone associated with it.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Big Daddy

Of all the movies from Adam Sandler's prime era, this is probably the one I'd say is both the best, and my favorite.

Perpetually slacker/idiot manchild Sonny doesn't want to grow up.He starts to see the need to change as all of his friends begin to move on, including his latest girlfriend who demands he make some changes. Conveniently enough, a little kind named Julian is left on his doorstep. A letter he's carrying claims that he's the biological son of SOnny's roommate Kevin. Kevin is out of the country on business, and, given his girlfriend's ultimatum, Sonny decides to pass himself off as Kevin and adopt Julian as his own.

When things fall apart with his girlfriend, Sonny finds himself now stuck with Julian, and is forced to finally become a responsible adult.

Despite the fact that this film is tonally uneven at times, and has a climactic courtroom scene whose conclusion and change is a tad too rushed, this is a pretty funny, sweet, and enjoyable film.

Sandler's shtick hadn't yet gotten too tiresome at this point, and the film does feature his character make legitimate changes, even if, as I said, some of it is uneven. It's not totally buyable, but it's more convincing here than in something like Chuck and Larry.

Many Sandler regulars show up here, and they do decent jobs with what they'e given. Rob Schneider is enjoyable as a restaurant delivery guy of vague Eastern European origin, and Steve Buscemi is a scene stealer as a homeless guy. I can't remember the guy's name, but the actor who plays the old drunk man is a riot, and he's easily my favorite character here.

As Julian, twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse are quite good, and you really can't tell who is playing the character at any given time, which is impressive since they traded off every other scene. Leslie Mann is a delightful bitch, and Joey Lauren Adams is a sweet love interest for Sonny.

Like a lot of Sandler productions, there's a vast amount of product placement, and here, the recurring one is Hooters. There's also heavy motifs involving lawyers and Styx. Overall, I think these things work, and don't stick out in a distracting way.

The film is filled with great quotes and memorable moments, many of which have become prevalent inside jokes between a good friend and myself, namely "Hell yes!", "capetiller", "that's a shitload of piss", and many, many more.

All in all, this is a decent movie. It's not perfect, but it manages a passable mix between sentimentality and crudeness, even if it isn't totally balanced.
April 16, 2014
Chris Weber

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What can you say about Adam Sandler? He's funny and he provides entertaining content. In case you're wondering, I'm talking about the 90's Adam Sandler. Adam Sandler today is just...well...shit. Big Daddy was obviously the last of Sandler's films that were mildly fun to watch, so let's get to it. Big Daddy has Sandler playing Sonny Koufax, a guy who's been dumped by his girlfriend for being immature. But when his roommate's biological son shows up at his doorstep by accident, Sonny decides to keep him to try and show his girlfriend he's responsible. The thing about this movie is that there are parts that are laugh out loud funny. Most of the humor is based off of Adam Sandler being himself, but it's still pretty funny. But there are parts where the humor felt too low brow and there were some parts where the laughs are suppose to come off slapstick jokes, but I didn't find those too funny. As a matter of fact, there was more slapstick then I would've wanted. Since it's an Adam Sandler movie, it has the cast that you would expect like Rob Schneider and Steve Buscemi. I actually liked Buscemi's character for some reason. I don't know why, I just liked watching a homeless guy and his need for a sausage McMuffin. The rest of the characters were just meh. Rob Schneider's character was kind of funny, and the kid Sandler ends up with did some funny things. Sandler's character you root for right away mainly because it's Adam Sandler playing him. The main problem with the movie is that it's really predictable. I knew where the film was heading and in the end, the movie just ends with some emotion that's really forced and empty. 90% of the movie is just comedy stuff, but near the end the director tries to shove a whole bunch of emotion and sadness into your face, but it doesn't work. The film is funny at times, but the funny parts are overshadowed by all the unfunny slapstick and low brow humor. Adam Sandler had a good run in the 90's. He was on SNL, he made some funny movies, but this film marks the beginning of when his films start to become dumb and unwatchable.
August 22, 2012
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

Sonny: I had a mother lined up for him, but she's bangin' the Pepperidge Farm guy and the kid won't stop peeing and throwing up, he's like a cocker spaniel. 

"Nature called. Look who answered."

Big Daddy is one of the better Adam Sandler comedies. None of his standard comedies are as good as the drama/comedies of Punch Drunk Love or Funny People, but he has made a few good ones(despite what everyone says). Sure his brand of comedy is the same in every film and that brand isn't incredibly intelligent, but their not meant to be. I'm not the biggest fan of Sandler, but I hate how everyone just rips on him constantly. Who gives a shit if he makes dumb comedies. Don't watch them. Many of his movies I don't like either, but he's gotten rich as fuck with this brand of comedy. I wouldn't stop making the same movie either. 

Sonny is a 30 year old man who works one day a week and never gets up early enough to have McDonald's breakfast. His girlfriend is getting fed up with him. He does nothing, living off $200,000 that he got when his foot was ran over by a taxi. One day a kid shows up at his door. The letter says the kid is Sonny's roommates kid. Since his roommate is out, he decides to take care of him over the weekend until he can get him with a lined up foster family. Then, after spending time with him, he decides the kid may be exactly what he needs right now.

The drama is predictable and the comedy is the same. Still, the movie doesn't have Sandler acting too ridiculous or sporting a dumb, supposedly funny, voice. The relationship with the kid isn't done intelligently, but still comes off as somewhat touching in a different way. There's more comedic scenes that work in Big Daddy then some of Sandler's other average works. 

If you can just enjoy an unimportant and less than original comedy for an hour and a half, this isn't too bad. It's not going to win any awards, but it should entertain. There's much better comedies out there, but there's also much worse. I know there's a lot of people out there that think Sandler is the worst thing in the film industry, but he just isn't. 
June 20, 2012
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Unapologetic manipulative schlockfest with Sandler playing a layabout man-boy who adopts a child to show his girl how he's matured after she turns him off at the pump. Then the film "apologises" with some spiel about really loving his dad. Harmless twaddle.
June 1, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Sonny Koufax: Douchebag kangaroo...
    – Submitted by Dan K (23 months ago)
    1. Homeless Guy: Yes.. Considering we're in America, I mean if you don't like spaghetti and meatballs, why don't you get the hell out.
    – Submitted by Dan K (23 months ago)
    1. Julian: Electricity.
    2. Sonny Koufax: Very Good.
    3. Julian: Constitution.
    4. Sonny Koufax: That's it.
    5. Julian: Philadelphia.
    6. Sonny Koufax: Smart. Good.
    7. Delivery Guy: FIsh? Pony? Hip...Hiphop...Hiphopanonymous? Damn you! You gave him the easy ones!
    – Submitted by Bo L (2 years ago)
    1. Delivery Guy: [trying to sound out hippopotamus] Hip, Hip Hop, Hip Hop anonymous? Damn you! You gave him the easy ones.
    – Submitted by Christiana S (2 years ago)
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