Big Daddy (1999)

DENNIS DUGAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1999.  , .  Story by , Screenplay by Steve Franks, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 plays a shiftless layabout who loses his girlfriend () to his lazy ways, but gets the chance to make up for it in the form of an abandoned child (, ) in this sappy but winsome comedy. Taking care of the youngster proves to be difficult, not to mention hindering to his new romance with , but with a lot of plucky resourcefulness and easy attitude on the child’s discipline, the job is accomplished; keeping the adoption service people and the child’s natural father at bay proves to be more of a challenge. Sandler’s mix of feel-good schmaltz and slapstick comedy doesn’t always melt together the way that it’s intended (he succeeded better in The Waterboy), but the movie’s feeling is positive and the atmosphere is bouncy enough. Adams is delectable, and all the actors in smaller roles (, , , ) do their job more than ably.

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