Hey- this is what Adam Sander does. And this time Sandler out-Sandler’s himself!! You could just see him saying to himself, “How far can I take this??” The latest from the man-child is the second movie of the weekend to feature an 80’s jukebox with some 90’s tuneage as well.
The movie begins with every schoolboy’s fantasy: an 8th grader is seduced by his hot teacher, resulting in a Mary Kay Letourneau situation with a hugely pregnant Eva Amurri sent away for 30 years leaving Sandler’s Donny to raise their son as a single parent til his Todd (Adam Samberg) turns 18. The two reunite on the eve of Todd’s wedding to Leighton Meester.
Man does this one earn its “R” rating. We get everything from incest to granny-sex to mastering your own domain to many a crotch shot. Never mind sophomoric humor. This is more freshmoric.
Andy Samberg anchors it all with a very sympathetic , sometimes sweet performance. There are some crazy cameos (I won’t spoil) and you can see how much Jets coach Rex Ryan thoroughly enjoys his acting debut as a Patriots-obsessed lawyer , trying to keep Donny out of jail for tax evasion.
If smutty slapstick if your thing , you’ll be in Adam Sandler movie heaven this weekend. But even for fans, close to 2 hours is about a half hour too much Sandler.
1 and a half stars