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That’s My Boy Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:40: 1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • List Price: $35.99

Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:2.5/5]

Adam Sandler movies usually elicit a mixed response from viewers, and That’s My Boy provides no exception to this rule. The premise is very simple. Donnie Berger (Sandler) is a precocious youngster who gets seduced by his middle school teacher, Mary McGarrigle (Eva Amurri Martino)  who conceives their child, Han Solo, AKA Todd Ferguson (Andy Samberg). Donnie becomes a child celebrity and then fades from view. Years pass, and Donnie’s son becomes a successful financier about to marry the right girl Jamie (Leighton Meester). Needing a bunch of money to stay out of jail, Donnie concocts a deal with a reality network television to reunite Todd with his birth mother at the women’s prison. But…Donnie has to reinject himself into his son’s life and this proves challenging since Todd has changed his name and refuses to acknowledge his father. However, there is no obstacle too great to overcome, and Donnie involves himself in the wedding party. The rest may not be history, but is the essence of the movie. The impending nuptials give a lot of “what ever happened to” actors a chance to get some face time, including Tony Orlando (Steve Spirou, Todd’s boss), James Caan (Father McNally, the combative priest), Vanilla Ice (as himself!), and Todd Bridges (as himself, too). The plot is contrived and the effort to make a credible father-son offbeat movie gradually falls off the cliff as Todd is “rescued” from making a “big” mistake by his dead-beat dad.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The cinematography is one of the better aspects of this film with clear close-ups and, whether you wanted it or not, atmospheric shots of the Classy Rick’s pole-dancing emporium.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]


The soundtrack is crisp DTS-HD Master Audio and while the music may not be memorable, it does not get in the way of the onscreen proceedings.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

There is a simple menu of items that will be of principal interest to those who did not get enough of the main feature:

  • “Who are all these people?: Celebrity Cameos: A list of the famous faces that graced this film.
  • Greetings from Cape Cod
  • Classy Rick’s Bacon and Leggs: Go Insider the Strip Club to See Champale’s Moves on the Pole: as if we did not get enough from the film itself
  • Deleted Scenes: when you watch, you will agree with the cutting room decisions.
  • Gag Reel

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

That’s My Boy amounts to one frustrating watch. Adam Sandler has chosen so many mediocre scripts that when the occasional sunshine breaks through, like it did on Big Daddy, viewers hold out hope that more good films will follow. Unfortunately, That’s My Boy, drops the baton and becomes another dull paycheck piece. The premise of a father and son reconnection sounds promising but Sandler’s caricature of a person wears thin rather quickly. Perhaps more disappointing is Andy Samberg’s failure to create a credible screen creature.  The greatest interest generated here is in the supporting roles of the bride’s grandmother, a stunning turn by 88 year-old Peggy Stewart, the walk-on priest, James Caan, and Susan Sarandon as Donny’s now middle-aged paramour.  To spare potential viewers, almost every “funny” bit in this film is a rehash of others like the Bachelor Party, The Hangover, and, well, you get the point. The Sandler groupies will probably flock to this one like lemmings but everyone else should be advised to keep their distance from the ledge. After all, there is a limit to how much continual beer swilling a body can take.

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]


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