I like Adam Sandler. I donít especially like him when he acts
more like Jerry Lewis than Adam Sandler. The ads for Big
Daddy suggested Sandler would be in Lewis-like form, but to
my relief, Adam was just being Adam and that meant an enjoyable
experience. The material is thin and itís truly a one-joke
movie, but there are enough funny moments to make it worthwhile.
Big Daddy is predictable and does let you down in its
saccharine serious moments. Thankfully, comedy is what Big
Daddy is about and Sandler can make the average Joe a
Sonny Koufax manages to live off the proceeds of a modest
$200,000 auto accident claim by parlaying the bucks in the stock
market. Sonny basks in his slovenly eccentricity and laziness.
His unlikely circle of friends are all college mates who have
achieved professional success to varying degrees. Sonnyís girl
friend has come to the end of her tolerance and his life is
about to change. Enter a five-year-old boy that is delivered to
his apartment door for care by the supposed real father,
Sonnyís roomie Kevin. Conveniently, Kevin is at the airport
about to embark on a China trip, and Sonny takes the kid in for
the night before contacting social services about him. The
set-up is something like Three Men and a Baby, but
interaction with a charming five-year-old provides more
opportunities for Sandlerís brand of childish humor.