This affair leads to a pregnant Ms. McGarricle being sent to prison. Donny, left with a celebrity status and a boy to raise makes the rounds on the talk show circuit, making good on himself, for a while. Fame is a double edged sword.
Donny (Sandler) blows through life and all the money made over the years doing appearances on talk shows, even having a TV movie of his torrid affair (Nice cameos by Alan Thicke and Ian Ziering as Donny) made and shown time and again aren't enough to stop slacker Donny from becoming broke.
Donny's son, Hans Solo (Played with charm and appeal by Andy Samberg) meanwhile abandoned his father's humiliations, ran away and has made good of himself, changing his name to Todd. Todd is on the eve of marrying his socialite fiancé Jamie (Leighton Meester) and become part of her screwball family. Donny, needing money to pay back taxes and to avoid a lengthy prison stay, concocts a plan to exploit his son and save his own skin in the process.
Many great cameos, mostly from former SNL alum and a good supporting cast including NBC's now defunct Heros heartthrob Milo Ventimiglia beefed up and exposing a lot of flesh carries this film from mediocrity to genuinely funny, and I'm using the word funny loosely.
If your a fan of Sandler's films then you're sure to be pleased. If, like myself are a virgin to his work, much like his young Donny character was when lead astray by his teacher, this is a much better film to cut your teeth on then Sandler's box office bomb, Jack and Jill, released earlier this year.
My doctor friend, an anesthesiologist has enlightened me to move beyond my film snobbery and to keep an open mind to this type of vulgar, boyish humor. I'm glad he did for all in all, I enjoyed That's my Boy. Still, having said that he would need to anesthetize me for me to sit through the rest of Sandler's backlog of films. No regrets though, That's my Boy is a fun, vulgar experience.
Rated R by the MPAA for crude, sexual behavior throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.
Running time: 114 minutes.