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Big Daddy (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 June 1999 (USA)
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A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

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Dennis Dugan

Writers:

Steve Franks (story), Steve Franks (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Sonny Koufax
Joey Lauren Adams ... Layla Maloney
Jon Stewart ... Kevin Gerrity
Cole Sprouse ... Julian 'Frankenstien' McGrath
Dylan Sprouse ... Julian 'Frankenstien' McGrath
Josh Mostel ... Arthur Brooks
Leslie Mann ... Corinne Maloney
Allen Covert ... Phil D'Amato
Rob Schneider ... Delivery Guy
Kristy Swanson ... Vanessa
Joseph Bologna ... Lenny Koufax
Peter Dante ... Tommy Grayton
Jonathan Loughran ... Mike
Steve Buscemi ... Homeless Guy
Tim Herlihy ... Singing Kangaroo
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Storyline

Sonny Koufax is 32 years old. He's a law school graduate. He's got a nice apartment in Manhattan. There's just one problem. He does nothing, except sit on his butt and live off an investment that was the result of a meager lawsuit he won a year ago. But after his fed up girlfriend leaves him, he comes up with the ingenious idea to adopt a five year old boy to showcase his newfound maturity. But things don't go as planned, and Sonny finds himself the unlikely foster father that will change his perspective on just looking out for himself. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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Nature called. Look who answered. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guy Gets Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,536,370, 27 June 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$163,479,795

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$234,801,895
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Footage from the hockey game Sonny is watching when Julian asks to change the channel to the kangaroo show is a January 10, 1999 match-up between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The game never went into overtime as depicted in the film, as the Rangers won 5-2 in regulation. See more »

Goofs

When "Frankenstein" vomits on the floor, it is partially on the floor and partially on the carpet. Later, it is totally on the floor with none on the carpet See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Hey! You just made the biggest mistake of your life, baby. I know you're gunna be missing me when you have that big, white, wrinkly body on you with his loose skin and old balls... gross! Ugh!
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Crazy Credits

This movie is dedicated to our fathers. Thanks for putting up with all our crap. We love you. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on TV, some scenes were altered, like:
  • When Sonny finds out McDonalds stopped serving breakfast at 10:30, his scream of "horseshit!" was changed to "Noooo!";
  • The word 'ass' was changed to 'butt'; the word 'shit' was altered or worked around;
  • The names of Sonny's snacks when he's watching hockey were blurred out; Sonny's line of "the money I got in the cab accident is kicking ass in the stock market" was altered.
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Referenced in Està passant: Episode #1.18 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Passing Me By
(LP Version)
Written by Tré Hardson (as Trevant Hardson), Imani Wilcox (as Emandu Wilcox), Romye Robinson, Fatlip (as Derek Stewart), J. Swift, Steve Boone, and John Sebastian
Performed by The Pharcyde
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl
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More Adam Sandler Foolishness
29 October 2002 | by sorannoSee all my reviews

Casting five year old twin boys as Adam Sandler's costars in this 1999 Columbia Pictures release was a very good idea. After all, Sandler's usual man-child character had to have somebody that he could relate to. Sandler portrays Sonny Koufax, a man who just might be the pure epitome of somebody who's not responsible. However, if that theory wasn't tested then there would be no film. In an effort to possibly win back his girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) who has left him because of his being irresponsible and has since taken up with another man, he offers to be a guardian for his traveling roommate's (Jon Stewart) son, Julian (portrayed by twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse). Agreeing to assume full responsibility for a child makes Sonny think that Swanson just might change her mind about leaving him. It doesn't happen and now child services won't let him return Julian. Sonny learns to grin and bear the situation by attempting to bond with Julian and in so doing, he gradually begins to feel more like an actual responsible father figure. Of course things get complicated when Stewart eventually returns home and a custody battle begins (Julian has grown attached to Sonny by this time). Even this dramatic seeming scene evolves into more adolescent comedy. Sandler's fans should enjoy this film but since I was never especially a fan of Sandler, I consider it to be just another crumbled up piece of paper in the sorry recent film comedy wastebasket.


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