The showbiz rag VARIETY is still considered by the movie Industry as the Hollywood’s bible…
And it went out of its way Thursday to slam Adam Sandler‘s latest cinematic offering. The trade topped its review of THAT’S MY BOY with the following headline:
"Adam Sandler’s raunchiest star vehicle in years is a work of relentless vulgarity and staggering moral idiocy. All in all, it could have been worse."
Followed by this sub-header:
"Puerile, crotch-fixated and very occasionally, inanely funny, Adam Sandler’s raunchiest star vehicle in years has a small saving grace in Andy Samberg‘s performance as a teacher-student love-child—an oasis of sympathy surrounded by Sandler’s usual walking punchlines (minorities, obese people, women. Some outraged reactions can be expected; so can be sold B.O. (boxoffice.)"
The trade publication sums it up by noting that "Xenophobic, misogynist humor in a Happy Madison production is of course no more surprising than the pic’s multiple gags involving erections, ejaculation, public urination and vomiting. Nor is it especially shocking that Sandler plays another deplorable man-child slob with his signature high-pitched vocal inflections, as though channeling a brain-damaged sock puppet."
So do you think VARIETY liked it? Probably not.
As for my take on Sandler’s new comedy, at least it’s got some laughs at the screening I attended. That’s more than I can say about his previous offering JACK & JILL, which in my book was the worst film released by a major studio during all of 2011.
And hey, he’s finally back doing his raunchy schtick and getting off that lame supposed "family film" crap he’s been dishing out the past several years.
I’m not saying that THAT’S MY BOY is anything to write home about, but it’s delivering for its target audience.
And who IS Sandler’s target these days? You figure it out.