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Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) is a qualified lawyer who hasnít found any direction in his life. He sleeps all day, orders take-out food incessantly and is generally goofing off. His girlfriend Vanessa (Kristy Swanson) challenges him to do something with his life; and the opportunity to do that arrives in the form of Julian (Cole & Dylan Sprouse), apparently the son of his room mate Kevin (Jon Stewart). With Kevin in China on business, Sonny takes on Julian as his substitute father, but his new responsibilities donít seem to change his slacker ways. Then he meets Layla (Joey Lauren Adams), the sister of Kevinís fiancee.

"While there may not be much by way of additional features, Big Daddy is a surprisingly fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. It's schmaltzy, contrived, unbelievable and predictable, yet immensely watchable. Excellent quality and sound in the widescreen or full screen formats make for quality viewing, while good packaging allows for easy storage. It's a shame there's no director's commentary, as this kind of goofy comedy would benefit from some further insight into its making. I'm not sure exactly what is Adam Sandler's appeal, but his deadpan delivery and understated responses are without doubt the key to his success. I flicked to the German language option just for fun and suggest this as a desperate measure in the wee hours after a late party - or for those of you whose first language is German. Snadler's German seems perfect. As for the cute little boy (played delightfully by identical twins Cole & Dylan Sprouse Ė born in Italy and raised in Southern California), he will capture your heart. There are two trailers (US and international), a very short (and dissatisfying) behind the scenes featurette with a couple of interview grabs with Adam Sandler and director Dennis Dugan and music videos by Sheryl Crow and energetic Garbage. You can jump to the scene of your choice, or just relax and chill out watching the movie Ė on your own or with a group of friends who have never wanted kids."
Louise Keller


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CAST: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Rob Schneider, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Leslie Mann

DIRECTOR: Dennis Dugan
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes
DVD RELEASE: March 2000
DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar
RRP: $39.95

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