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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse (Julian) lost baby teeth during production and had to be fitted with temporary replacements. Dylan Sprouse's tooth fell out in the middle of a take. Near the end of the movie, just after entering Hooters for his birthday, Sonny (Adam Sandler) makes a reference to Julian about dealing with a missing tooth while holding him, "Hey, You! Still missin' that tooth?"). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Homeless Guy: Yes, considering we're in America! I mean, if you don't like Spaghetti and Meatballs, why don't you just get the hell out?
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Crazy Credits

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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Connections

Referenced in Scream Queens: Warts and All (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

What Is Life
Written by George Harrison
Produced by George Drakoulias
Performed by Shawn Mullins
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Humor aimed at Low IQs
15 January 2000 | by Evan-35See all my reviews

Boy, did this movie suck. Even though it's only 90 minutes, it felt like it lasted 4 hours. Happy Gilmore was OK, but Sandler's other works have really blown. One reason i didn't like it is that Sandler's character is a jerk. He yells like a moron in a McDonald's, harasses a man (the film's director) in his apartment, spoils the kid, and causes bodily harm to skaters.

And it wasn't funny. We're supposed to laugh just because he and the kid p**s on the side of a building. bodily functions are not funny. They were when I was a little kid, but I've grown out of that. Anyway, that little kid was pretty annoying ("Pweese pway da tape"), and far from being cute. The majority of today's comedies seem to be aimed at immature people with low IQs whole will laugh at anything. I miss edgy, satirical, intelligent comedies like Dr. Strangelove. Watching Big Daddy was like being tied to a pole and beaten with a wet sock. I guess other people like that experience.


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