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Prospective parents everywhere, meet the world's least likely paternal role model: Adam Sandler! In Big Daddy, Sandler plays 30-year-old bachelor Sonny Koufax, a carefree slob who has never much taken to adult responsibilities; he works one day a week as a tollbooth collector, and spends the remainder of his time living off of a $200,000 reward he collected from an auto accident. All told, the life suits him just fine. However, as his old buddies start getting married and drifting away, Sonny realizes that if he doesn't do something soon, he could end up all alone for the rest of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This light yet earnest drama starring Adam Sandler deals openly with one of the most insidious elements in popular filmmaking -- the male screenwriter's relationship with his own father."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Worst of all is the way Sandler wants to have it both ways: to muck around in gross-out humor one minute and then turn schmaltzy the next minute with some fraudulent business about how much he loves the kid."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Typical Adam Sandler -- charm mixed with crude humor."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Those expecting another run of the mill Sandler film will either be pleasantly surprised or disgusted by this foray of his into new and different territory."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Things roll along quite charmingly, until the action hit the courtroom and gets bogged down in a boorish, maudlin custody case."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"This lightweight, bubblegum caper synthesises robust, physical humour, self-deprecation and witty one liners. The main problem, as with most other dumb boy pictures, is that the supporting characters are underwritten."
‑ , Time Out
"How's this for a novel complaint: Big Daddy just isn't stupid enough."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The heavy-handed sentimentality provokes a most violent gag reflex."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Another genial Sandler opus."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"An essentially mean-spirited comedy."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Funny-sweet, understand, not bleccchh sweet."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"There's no doubt Sandler is talented, but if he persists in believing that, like Elvis, his presence alone covers a multitude of omissions and inconsistencies, he will squander his gift and make a series of forgettable films in the process."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Ending is predictably gooey but Sandler's edge staves off the sludge for long enough in an otherwise fresh and funny piece."
‑ , Film4
"However simplistic Big Daddy is, it is also easy viewing."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Sandler continues to bring a sweetness, irreverence and unpredictability to the screen that make hits out of his films."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
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