Big Daddy

on June 25, 1999 by Annlee Ellingson
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Usually it's advisable that you get your life together-get a job, get married, buy a house-before you bring a kid into it. Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler), on the other hand, gets a kid and then gets his life in order.
Just when his roommate (Jon Stewart) gets engaged and his girlfriend Vanessa (Kristy Swanson) takes some time out to think, a kid named Julian (Cole and Dylan Sprouse) shows up on Sonny's doorstep by mistake. Sonny-who went to law school but refuses to take the bar exam as he lives off of a $200,000 settlement from when a cab ran over his foot-decides that this is exactly what he needs to prove to Vanessa that he's ready to settle down. You can imagine her reaction, and Sonny is subsequently stuck raising the kid on his own.
This Sandler/kid combo oozes cuteness as the duo wanders around New York City, tossing branches in the paths of Rollerbladers, eating packets of ketchup and peeing against buildings. There's a priceless Sandler moment when Sonny-whose parenting technique consists of letting Julian do whatever he wants, including going by the name of Frankenstein, and covering up messes of any kind with newspaper-realizes that he's made Julian into the smelly kid at school.
The sentiment gets a bit saccharine when Sonny bonds with his own father during his courtroom battle to keep the kid, causing all the guys present to jump on their cell phones to let their dads know they love them. But for the most part, Sandler has captured the charm he exuded in "Wedding Singer" and packaged it with the crude humor that will lure fans of "The Waterboy." Starring Adam Sandler, Cole and Dylan Sprouse, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart and Rob Schneider. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Written by Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. Produced by Sidney Ganis and Jack Giarraputo. A Columbia release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for language and some crude humor. Running time: 87 min
Tags: Starring Adam Sandler, Cole, Dylan Sprouse, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart and Rob Schneider. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Written by Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler, Produced by Sidney Ganis, Jack Giarraputo, Columbia, Comedy
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