Director: Sean Anders
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte, Rachel Dratch, Nick Swardson, Vanilla Ice, James Caan, Ciara
Release date: June 15
Revisiting the dumbass comedy favorite Billy Madison, or even Happy Gilmore, should be an enjoyable experience, not a depressing one. Yet, the latter adjective is precisely how we’d describe the feeling that comes with watching an old Adam Sandler movie these days, doing so with the knowledge that the hilarious younger man you see on screen will eventually stop giving a damn and start making painfully unfunny money-makers like Grown Ups or, gasp, last year’s Jack & Jill. Frankly, it’s torture.
But it’s also extremely tough to resist a new Sandler movie when it also stars Andy Samberg as his son, and when it’s directed by someone who has no ties to Sandler’s all-inclusive circle of mostly inferior friends (John Anders, one-half of the writing team behind the slept-on comedies Sex Drive and She’s Out of My League).
So, as potentially masochistic as it may be, we’ll be the first in line to see That’s My Boy come June 15th; hopefully come June 16th, the aforementioned Billy Madison isn’t on par with Requiem for a Dream or We Need to Talk About Kevin on the downer scale.