Despite their assorted vulgarities and lack of polish, the films of Adam Sandler are remarkably consistent in their own particular way. This one’s no different: Sandler plays a booze-swilling loudmouth who became a media sensation after he knocked up his science teacher in the eighth grade but is now facing prison time for tax evasion. Seeking a cash grab, he reaches out to his estranged son (Andy Samberg, a veritable Sandler-in-training), a yuppie hedge fund manager on the verge of making millions. The film bears all the marks of a Sandler farce, including satirical jabs at upper-middle-class snobbery and a narrative framework contingent on the actions of his character. Lewd and crude as he is, Sandler’s primary function as a comedian is to stand in opposition to a cultural standard, a style that takes obvious cues from Jerry Lewis—but with, you know, more dick jokes. Sean Anders directed.
Director: Sean Anders
Producer: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Allen Covert, Barry Bernardi, John Morris, Dennis Dugan and Tim Herlihy
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Vanilla Ice, Tony Orlando, Will Forte, Milo Ventimiglia, Susan Sarandon, Blake Clark, Nick Swardson, Eva Martino, Meagen Fay, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, Peggy Stewart, Justin Weaver and Todd Bridges