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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sonny Koufax
... Layla Maloney
... Kevin Gerrity
... Julian 'Frankenstien' McGrath
... Julian 'Frankenstien' McGrath
... Arthur Brooks
... Corinne Maloney
... Phil D'Amato
... Delivery Guy
... Vanessa
... Lenny Koufax
... Tommy Grayton
... Mike
... Homeless Guy
... Singing Kangaroo
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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 »

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

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25 June 1999 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Julian, Sonny and the delivery guy, while on the couch watching t.v., they were watching an episode of Columbo (1971). Dennis Dugan, this film's director, played a detective on an episode ('76) of "Columbo". See more »

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When the skater coming down the path in the park hits Sonny's stick, he careens down the hill into the pond between two large rocks. The smaller rock on the right lifts and floats a little to the right. See more »

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[at McDonald's]
Sonny: Okay, what do you want?
Julian: Cheerios.
Sonny: Cheerios? They don't got Cheerios. What else?
Julian: Lasagna.
Sonny: Lasagna? What the hell is the matter with you? Um, we'll take hot cakes and sausage...
Employee: Sorry, sir, we stopped serving breakfast.
Sonny: What are you talking about? We're FOUR seconds late.
Employee: No, you're 30 minutes and four seconds late. We stopped serving breakfast at 10:30.
Sonny: Aw, HORSESHIT!
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This movie is dedicated to our fathers. Thanks for putting up with all our crap. We love you. See more »

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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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A Profanity-Laced, Urine-Soaked Wasteland
4 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Big Daddy" has the misfortune of premiering in 1999, when the field for Most Pathetic Film of the Year is loaded with flicks like "Idle Hands" and the runaway winner so far, "Baby Geniuses". But give Adam Sandler credit: He took a decent budget, backing from a historic studio and a couple of well-respected co-stars and managed to come up with the most disgusting, stupid and unwatchable piece of cinematic garbage this summer.

"Big Daddy" is a profanity-laced, bodily-fluid-soaked wasteland of a film with no redeeming value whatsoever. Instead of thoughtful, amusing or touching scenes and dialogue, the viewer is treated to an endless display of urine and vomit cascading forth from the confused little lad at the centre of the proceedings. Basically, this film is a ruder "There's Something About Mary", only this time the butt of jokes is five years old. There's something more than a little disturbing about masses of adults and teenagers paying $8.50 to laugh at a little boy vomiting.

The only reason this film got made, of course, is because it serves a higher purpose as 90 minute recruiting video for Hooters restaurants. The Hooter Girl and "big bust" jokes are funny for the first five minutes, but quickly grow tiresome as Sandler uses them over and over.

Sadly wasted in this film are the significant talents of Rob Schneider and Steve Buscemi, both of whom perform admirably in minor roles. Unfortunately, the two are onscreen far too briefly to provide any sort of counterweight to the sorry mess created by Sandler and co-stars Joey Lauren Adams and Leslie Mann. Adams, who possesses a voice reminiscent of a hysterical toddler, tries desperately to be lovable, but falls far short. Mann's Corrine--whom we are supposed to believe worked her way through medical school as a Hooter Girl--provided the greatest levity of the evening. Her character is far too malicious to have ever succeeded as a waitress, and a Hooters job at that? I've seen a bigger bustline on a Bulgarian gymnast.

Whatever creativity and humanity Adam Sandler had in films like "The Wedding Singer" has been completely lost. With "Big Daddy", he has shown he is completely out of ideas.


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