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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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Taglines:

Natureza chamado. Olha quem respondeu. (Nature called. Look who answered.) (Brazil DVD) 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

Working title was "Guy Gets Kid". See more »

Goofs

When Sonny and Julian are shopping at the store, Sonny starts denting Spaghetti Os cans to save money. The second can dropped moves from the left of sonny to the right. At both times before the shot the can was stationary. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Hey man, who won the Knick game?
Angry Guy: Who cares?
Sonny: Don't worry. He can't hold you down forever.
Angry Guy: What are you talking about?
Sonny: You know what I'm talking about.
Angry Guy: You're a loser.
Sonny: You're mad at your dad, not me. I forgive you.
Angry Guy: [walking away crying] I am. I hate my father.
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Note to Cozy's: Adam also likes your hamburgers 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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References Show Boat (1929) See more »

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What Is Life
Written by George Harrison
Produced by George Drakoulias
Performed by Shawn Mullins
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Adam Sandler vehicle - nuff said
15 June 1999 | by Shiva-11See all my reviews

Big Daddy- Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) is the irresponsible guy - he has no manners, and no clue. Although Sonny has somehow managed to get a girlfriend, she is tired of his aimless ways, and gives him an ultimatum - do something with your life or I leave. Fate steps in with a ready-made 'solution': Sonny will raise the little boy who was dropped off at the apartment with a note proclaiming his roommate (Jon Stewart) the father, his girlfriend will realize his newfound responsibility, and all will be well. Plausibility this movie doesn't have. But we are talking about Adam Sandler, the man who has given us such brainteasers as Happy Gilmore, and Billy Madison. Sandler's frat-boy humor - childish and, scatological - has however, drawn a huge following as evidenced by The Waterboy's huge box office, (a movie that I myself enjoyed and will surely be pilloried for). I expected one thing from this movie - a good laugh. And it delivered. The obligatory tearjerker scenes were painful, but thankfully few and far between. If you are in the mood for some humor-light on cheap Tuesday, give this movie a chance.


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