Big Daddy | Chicago Reader

Big Daddy

This light yet earnest drama starring Adam Sandler deals openly with one of the most insidious elements in popular filmmaking—the male screenwriter's relationship with his own father. Sandler is disarming and compelling as Sonny, a law-school graduate dissed by his dad because he's not ready for a career, though he proves eager to be a father when he meets a boy in need of one. He experiments happily with laissez-faire parenting until the results prompt him to consider a different approach—a bit of moralizing handled by director Dennis Dugan with admirable gentleness, even as the script by Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, and Sandler struggles with bigotry and political correctness, resulting in stabs at sensitivity as persuasive as a frat boy's pickup lines. With Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Allen Covert, Josh Mostel, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran, Leslie Mann, Rob Schneider, and Cole and Dylan Sprouse.

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