Commentary

June 15, 2012

In Theaters

Fly Over: ‘That’s My Boy’

by Macario Mora

In “That’s My Boy” Donny Burger (Adam Sandler) conquers the Mount Everest of adolescent quests – his math teacher Ms. Mary McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino). An educator preying on her student is a serious crime, but then again what teenage boy hasn’t fantasized about a teacher or two? The difference between Donny and the rest of us – he actually fulfills his fantasy.

The two are eventually ousted, as is always the case, in the most unfortunate of circumstances. Ms. McGarricle is tried for her crime, but as she stands to receive her sentence it becomes very obvious their affair has produced a little Burger. Fourteen-year-old Donny is a father and instant celebrity.

Flash-forward a few decades and Donny is a washed-up 1980s heart throb who owes $43,000 in back taxes to the IRS. His attorney (NY Jets coach Rex Ryan) informs him that’ll he’ll be headed to jail the following week unless he’s able to pay what he owes.

After a brainstorming session – minus the brain – Donny decides to invest $20 on an obese runner to win the Boston Marathon and track down his long lost son and convince him to participate in a reunion with Ms. McGarricle at a Women’s Penitentiary – she received 30 years – for a reality T.V. show.

Turns out Todd (Andy Samberg) – originally Han Solo Burger – is a star hedge fund manager in New York preparing for a wedding with an easily dislikable Jamie (Leighton Meester). Todd has worked for years to disguise his past and distance himself from Donny – he tells everyone his parents died in an explosion.

Donny, using an announcement in a local paper advertising the wedding, is able to track down Todd and shows up unannounced and certainly unwelcome to Todd’s boss’s beautiful Cape Cod beach mansion – the bride and groom are staying there for the wedding.

The rest of the story plays out in typical, albeit hilarious, fashion as Donny, despite being an alcoholic buffoon stuck in the 1980s, tries to win back Todd’s trust and affection. It is evident Donny loves his son, but as most can imagine it’s rather difficult raising a child as a child. Donny’s past parental mishaps are hysterically brought to the forefront, but ultimately the two begin to bond through a series of adventures and an eventful bachelor party.

But, Donny messes up again and the two are at odds with seemingly no chance at reconciliation. Donny does some soul searching, and comes upon some very disturbing information. Any more would be a spoiler.

“That’s My Boy” is wildly inappropriate throughout and certainly not a family-friendly affair. Adam Sandler is at his crudest and finest, which doesn’t make up for the dreadful “Jack and Jill” but certainly helps to heal the wounds of his lost comedic credibility after a series of pointless and humorless films. A plethora of stars from the 1980s well past their 15-minutes of fame make cameos throughout the film, which adds to the fun.

If you’re into low-brow comedy filled with raunchy adult humor then don’t pass up “That’s My Boy,” because as parents began escorting their children out of the theater the rest of the audience was rolling with laughter.

The film is rated R for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.



About the Author

Macario Mora
Macario Mora
Macario Mora believes there are two types of movies, those that are intellectually stimulating and those that were made for pure entertainment value. His favorite movie is "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. Gondry and Kaufman are also his favorite director and writer.


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