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      10.01.2010 11:26
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      Overall not that great

      I am an Adam Sandler fan but for me Big Daddy was not one his best movies. I still think he is pretty funny himself but this film did not have too much of a plot and didn't really make me laugh out loud particularly at many of the parts in it. The simple plot to the film surrounds a likeable loser and slacker adopting an adorable little kid. Adam Sandler plays the main character Sonny Koufax who is a law student who works one day a week as a tollbooth clerk and the rest of the time doesn't do much but just sits around. His girlfriend Veness played by Kristy Swanson finally gets fed up with him and walks out on his life. Things get more complicated for Sonny the next day when a 5 year old little boy called Julian is dumped on his doorstep. He is desperate to prove to his ex-girlfriend that he is capable of acting responsibly, so on impulse decides to 'adopt' the kid. Although the pair spend a lot of time together and have a lot of fun, Sonny has no idea how to be a parent and look after a kid. There are moments between the two that are quite funny in parts so it's not all bad. However, that's not the end of the story as he may lose the kid to a social worker despite bonding to some degreee and he has to fight to keep him. The movie tries to illustrate the change in Adam Sandler's character from lazy slacker who has no idea how to be responsible to someone who bonds with this kid and looks after him to the best of his abilities and somewhat unorthodox methods. So we focus on briing up a child where the rules that apply are slightly different and sometimes there seems there are no rules. I guess all of us have things to learn about being a parent. Adam Sandler produces his normal mix of antics that he does in most films he appears in him, it's just in this particular movie I didn't think it was as hysterical as others. Overall if you love Adam Sandler you may well enjoy this one but for me it wasn't one of his best ones and was a bit too stupid.

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        21.09.2009 23:13
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        Will please Sandler fans

        note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room Adam Sandler is famous for his crude comedy films, and whilst this is a very childish and lewd outing, it's also surprisingly heartfelt and quite charming, even if Sandler just plays the same washout goofball loser that he's always played. Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is a barely employed slob who lives off of a $200,000 compensation he recieved after a van ran over his foot. He hangs out with a nice delivery man Nazo (Rob Schneider) occasionally, but mostly bums around his apartment watching TV. Whilst his friends are all moving on, he is stuck in the same rut, and his girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) has become fed up with him, leaving him for a far older man. However, soon enough, things take a turn, as it is realised that his roommate, Kevin (Jon Stewart) has fathered an illegitimate child, who has been delivered to his door by the mother, who can't look after him anymore. His name is Julian (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), and to complicate things, Kevin is in China on a business deal, meaning that Sonny is forced to look after him. Whilst things get off to a rough start, Sonny soon takes a liking to the kid, and raises him in his image, allowing him to do pretty much whatever he wants. However, he ultimately attempts to shape him as a good person, taking him to school and helping him learn. However, he will have to contend with Social Services, who aren't too far away, and know that he's not really the father's child. Big Daddy is an interesting mix - it is essentially an amalgam of Adam Sandler's usual schtick and a family comedy. Strangely enough, whilst parents may not approve, it's a funny mix and I very much enjoyed it

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        12.09.2009 20:46
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        Another great film from Adam Sandler

        Big Daddy is a comedy film that was released in 1999. It is rated 12 due to bad language and some comedy violence and the film is 93 minutes long. With only a $32 million budget, Big Daddy was a huge financial success, making over $234 million worldwide. Plot Sonny Koufax is a loser. A few years ago he got awarded $200,000 after he was in a car accident and since then he has done nothing but be a lazy slob. Sonny actually has a law degree but hasn't taken the bar exam so it is pretty much useless. One day while on the phone to his father, who is complaining about his lack of responsibility, Sonny's girlfriend, Vanessa, also decides she's had enough and breaks things off. While Sonny's friend Kevin is on a business trip in China, his illegitimate son who he didn't know existed, is dumped on the doorstep and it is up to Sonny to take care of him until either Kevin gets back or Social Services do something. Sonny has no idea how to look after a child and treats Julian just like he would any one else and eventually brings him out of his shell. Parenthood seems easy for Sonny at first but Julian proves to be a difficult child at times and Sonny has Social Services to contend with at the same time. Cast Sonny Koufax - Adam Sandler Julian "Frankenstein" McGrath - Dylan and Cole Sprouse Layla Maloney - Joey Lauren Adams Nazo - Rob Schneider Corrine Mahoney - Leslie Mann Tommy Grayton - Peter Dante Arthur Brooks - Josh Mostel Phil D'Amato - Allen Covert My Opinion This is one of my favourite Adam Sandler films and it never fails to make me laugh. Sandler is fantastic as Sonny and he really comes into his own when Julian is dumped on the doorstep. While Sandler sometimes plays a lot of the same kind of role, I thought this one was a little bit different for him but that was mostly to do with the storyline. Sonny and Julian have a wonderful relationship and it's really funny watching how they both cope with each other. I really loved Julian and he made the film for me. Julian was played by twins and each of them were so good and without knowing this, you would never be able to tell that it was two different people. Both of the little boys are amazing actors and to be in something as big as this film, especially with Adam Sandler, must have been quite hard for them. Cole Sprouse played Ross Geller's son in friends and now both of the boys star in the Disney Channel's The Suite Life. Watching Sonny and Julian learn to get along with each other was hilarious because apart from feeding him, Sonny has no idea how to look after Julian. There are some great moments when Sonny has to deal with bed wetting and teaching Julian how to interact with other people. While the film is quite predictable towards the end, that doesn't stop it from being extremely entertaining. The story moves along nicely and there are no parts that were boring at all. If you haven't seen this one yet, definitely give it a go!

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          12.09.2009 01:32
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          entertaining/funny and at times charming film

          Introduction Following on from my Waterboy movie review is another Adam Sandler comedy, Big Daddy. Again Sandler is quite succesful in what he does best which is making people laugh. There are some slightly emotional moments which make a change to most of his movies but these are not a regular theme in the movie. This film was released in 1999 and was very successful at the box office although film critics were not so kind with some of their reviews. I enjoyed it, as will I think most Sandler fans. Plot The film is about Sonny Koufax (Sandler)who is 32 years old and is a law school graduate but he chose not to take the bar exam and instead works as a toll booth collector part time. He lives in a nice apartment in Manhattan which he obtained after a win in a lawsuit($200,000) which he won a year ago. He also uses this money to live off. He is a bit of a loafer and his fed up girlfriend decides to leave him due to his immaturity and lack of ambition. When his friend Kevin is on a business trip in China, Sonny discovers that Kevin has a son. In an attempt to help, Sonny offers to take care of the child, thinking it will help win back his old girlfriend and show her his new found maturity. In the process of looking after the child he forms a bond and tries to get custody for him. Opinion This might sound like a cheesy feel-good film but with Sandler involved you can expect plenty of laugh out loud moments and comedy which is low-brow, but often hilarious. The film does also offer a few touching scenes between Sandler and the kid but these are thankfully not too much of a common theme. Sandler does what you would expect and is supported well by the boy and his delivery guy friend played by Rob Schneider. The story does come across as having a positive message and trying to think about being moral and responsible but this is sometimes lost in all the comedy. The plot is also at times a little unreliastic and predictable.Its not a clever film or even comedy but it will keep you entertained/laughing and takes you away from life for 90 minutes. Film details: Directed by: Dennis Dugan Produced by: Joseph M. Caracciolo Allen Covert Michelle Holdsworth Adam Sandler Robert Simonds Mary P. Winn Jack Giarraputo Alex Siskin Written by: Steve Franks Tim Herlihy Adam Sandler Starring: Adam Sandler Joey Lauren Adams Jon Stewart Rob Schneider Dylan Sprouse Cole Sprouse Leslie Mann Steve Buscemi Peter Dante Josh Mostel Music by: Teddy Castellucci Distributed by: Columbia Pictures Release date(s): June 25, 1999 Running time: 1 hr and 29 mins.

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          24.08.2009 17:11
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          A Good Solid Comedy

          Big Daddy is an American comedy that came out back in October of 1999. The film was a big success for the director Dennis Dugan and has been a popular film over the past decade that is often shown on TV. Its a film I enjoy and while I wouldn't say it's anything special, it is just a good watch. The film stars Adam Sandler who plays a young man who is basically a bit of a waster. One day I child shows up on his doorstep and Adam Sandlers character sort of adopts him for a while. Sonny (Adam Sandler) finds it hard enough looking after himself so to look after a young child. So the shows basically follows the relationship that develops between the two and how Sonny and Julian get along. There are plenty of great little performances in this film. Sandler is in his usual role which he pulls of very well. There are many people who often appear in Adam Sandler films who make an appearence and add to the film. The most noticeable is probably Rob Schneider who plays the delivery guy who just hangs round at Sonny's house. There is also a love interest in the film which gives the film some warmth and feeling. Its nothing special but does add to the story. There are plenty of funny moments in the film and it does seem to be one of those films you can watch over and over and always enjoy. The film is rated as a 12, and there is some moderate swearing in there but nothing to serious and I doubt anything sould really offend anyone to much. The film runs for 93 mintues which is probably just about right, it does not drag and yet there is always something going on to keep the viewer interested. The DVD itself is nothing special really. Has standard features like trailers and things. To be honest I never tend to bother with any of these anyway, I buy DVDs for the film, not the extras. If your looking for a break through comedy that pushes new boundaries and is something really special, would have to say this is not it. However if your looking for a good fun film that is not to challenging and is easy to watch, this is perfect. Its just a good old fashioned American comedy. This is certainly not one of my favorite films, but it is one that I am quite happy to sit down and watch every now and again. So give this film a try and am sure you will enjoy it.

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            01.08.2009 11:53
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            Great movie, easy to watch and easier to share!

            This is a feelgood comedy that will have you laughing and crying within moments of each other. The movie follows Sonny (adam sandler) who is a bit of a layabout, graduated as a lawyer but got a hefty payout after being hit by a car. Now he has no job and his girlfriend has dumped him for not being commited enough. Then, out of nowhere, on his doorstep appears Julian, a five year old boy, whose mother has left him. It turn out that Sonnys roommate conceived a child on a wild night out, and the fruit of his loins is on sonnys doorstep. His flatmate is in japan with his company and Julian has noone. Lightbulb moment for sonny who decides to keep julian and claim that he is his father in order to get his girlfriend back. Ensues some great father son adventures from peeing the bed to puking after eating too much rubbish, firts day at school and the likes. Sonnys initial view is to let the child do what he likes, which results in him changing his name to Frankenstein, and wearing fisherman hats to school. This backfires when he starts falling behind at school and is known as the smelly kid... Sonny takes a more proactive approach and becomes a great dad. Meanwhie meeting and falling in love with the girl of his dreams. Then, predictably, it all unravels and they discover that Sonny is not Julians Dad. He then petitions for adoption and a comedic court battle ensues. The ending is not as predicatble as you might expect, with a bit of a twist, but its definately a feelgood factor movie. Typical sandler humour, with his lazy drawl that I tend to find a bit irritating. Julian is the cutest little boy, and most of the funnies come from him, and the Indian takeaway guy (who is sonnys best friend!) who is hilarous...watch out for the scene when they are learning to read! The thing I like about this movie is the moral behind it. My partner is a step-dad, and I really think of him as big daddy, who would fight for the child who isnt his! No bloopers on the DVD, which I think would have been hilarious! but there is a featurette and fimlogrophy which is pretty interesting. No amazing special features though.

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            25.07.2009 20:15
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            Adam Sandler embarks upon an epic journey (with a child)!

            Big Daddy is an amazing film! Its one of those films that it doesn't matter how many times you have seen it, it is still funny! It stars Adam Sandler as Sunny, who lies about his identity to become the legal guardian of a child to make his girlfriend love him. This decision back fires as his girlfriend has already found an "older man" to date. This leaves Sunny with a young child to care for, and this great film is about the adventures they share together. The film demonstrates the responsibility of parents in a comedic and enjoyable way, although there is a very moving scene towards the end of the film where Sunny tries to gain legal custody of the child which does remind us not to take our parents for granted. To sum up I think this film is outstanding, i would definitely recommend this to anyone, who enjoys Adam Sandler films, or who enjoys a good laugh!

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              07.07.2009 03:48
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              Good without becoming a classic

              Big Daddy is another in Adam Sandler's long list of comedy films. It follows an average lazy guys journey through adoptional parenthood when he is left with small child Julien who grows to love him. The film has all the makings of a comedy but also grabs a few tears too from the light hearted viewer. The film has a good mix of characters from different backgrounds which adds to the story, the circumstances of the adoption becoming a big part of the storyline which quickly adapts. I felt very emersed in the relationship shared between the two characters from the moment they met. Some very funny scenes involving the two, especially on Adam's part as he struggles to fit the role of a stereotypical father figure, you you start to see this wear off on Julien. The story contains little backplots aswell which means you arent bored on the same storyline throughout. Though it doesnt distract your focus too much which is good. Overall without spoiling anything i found it to be very enjoyable and managed to fit the bill of comedy very well but without quite reaching classic status. Still a very good movie, and though it says 12 i'd say this is suitable for PG audience.

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                01.07.2009 17:43
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                Watch Sonny grow up and care for a small child, so sweet!

                Big Daddy is a comedy film starring Adam Sandler as Sonny the main charcter. Sonny leads a very carefree life and sooner rather than later his girlfriend gets fed up with it and leaves him. Shortly after Sonny hosts a party for one of his leaving friends and a young boy (approx 4) turns up on the door step, abandoned. The boy is the son of one of Sonnys friends who is leaving to work abroad so reluctantly Sonny agrees to care for him as a temporary measure. At first he visits social services repeatedly to try and get the child rehomed. Soon Sonny has so much fun with him and his caring side really develops that he decides he wants to keep him. The only problem is he then has to convince social services to allow him to keep him. This film is very much like all Adam Sandlers films, it follows the same rough storyline and has a lot of the same charcters in. With these films the comedy is the greatest element and Big Daddy does not let you down, it really is a laugh a minute. The storyline is relatively weak, yet very heart warming as Sonny really grows up and looks after this very needy child. Most importantly they begin to have fun, and really care about each other. This is a great comedy to watch if you want easy to watch, heart warming and funny. You will not be let down.

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                25.06.2009 13:39
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                A fantastic comical film starring Adam Sandler as he deals with 'parenthood'.

                Big Daddy is an American based comedy which was directed by Dennis Dugan & starring Adam Sandler & Joey Lauren Adams, amongst others. The plot of the film follows Sonny Koufax (Sandler) who is a layabout who lives off a large payout he received several years ago after being hit by a car. He appears to be a lazy slob on the surface and this makes him seem a little stupid also but he has actually got a law degree but is lacking the effort and motivation to take the bar exam and make something of his life. He has quite a few friends who he has met through being lazy or just from when he was studying for his exam and he does actually have a part time job where he works collecting toll fees and letting vehicles through to the toll bridge. He has realised that he is one of the only one of his friends who is not moving forward with his life as he has no relationship, no children and no real job. He does briefly have a girlfriend near the start of the film but she soon gets sick of the way he behaves and does a flit near the start of the film. While hanging around his apartment one day there is a knock on the door and somebody has dropped off a child with a note stating that he is the son of Sonny's friend & roommate, Kevin, who has just left to go on a trip to China and doesn't want to come back. Sonny contacts Kevin who tells him to go to social services and it initially appears that Sonny is going to do this but then he realises that he likes the company of the child and he tries to keep him but of course all does not go to plan and this is what the majority of the film is based around. Adam Sandler is very funny in this film and he works extremely well with Kevin's son, Julian, and I think that they make a very comic duo when they are teaching each other new tricks or deciding what they're going to do for the day etc. I really enjoyed this storyline and it's one that I've actually watched a couple of times now. I love Adam Sandler in most films and his character does not disappoint in this one as he strives to become a father figure to Julian whilst letting him make lots of decisions in life and they get a really strong bond which is one that seems unlikely to be broken. It's a steep learning curve when you suddenly have a small child on your hands and Sonny shows this throughout the film and we really get to see him muddling through and trying to do the best that he can with some very comical affects. The film runs for 89 minutes and this is just the perfect amount of time to make it short enough to enjoy in the afternoon when I only want to kill a little time between programmes or chores and it's available from Amazon.co.uk for just £2.98 which is an absolute bargain. This film is very fun and it's one that I would recommend, Sandler makes it what it is and he's supported by a very good cast who play his family and friends. The ending is very ncie and one that makes me feel a little soppy everytime I see it! I am rating this film 5/5 as I adore watching it and it's a real feel good movie time and time again.

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                  03.06.2009 19:19
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                  An excellent film that provides some great entertainment, highly recommended!

                  Big Daddy is a superb film that I really did fall in love with upon first watching it. I found it to be really entertaining and really well delivered into a film that can be enjoyed by all. I lobved the story line and I thought it really fitted in well with the styles of the actors. The film stars Adam Sandler and Cole Sprouse who really are oustanding during the film and make the film a real pleasure to watch. I would really recommend this film because I think it will provide some excellent entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Big Daddy is a film released in 1999 and it shows the importance of fartherhood. A friend of the dad called Kevin is on a business trip and rather strangely Sonny finds out that his friend Kevin actually has a son. As a form of a good gesture whilst he is away, Sonny says he will take care of him. During the time that Kevin is away Sonny develops a great relationship with his son. The story line I found was very good indeed and it really is entertaining throughout. I found the soundtrack to be very much average, nothing special. Overall, I found the film to be very well produced and I felt that the excellent actign coupled with a good story line made this film well worth seeing, as a result of this I would really recommend it. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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                  16.04.2009 12:27
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                  Worth watching!

                  This is one of the really hilarious, famous, typical Adam Sandler films. If you have not seen this film as yet and want a good laugh, I highly suggest you rent / buy this film. I loved it so much that I bought this film on DVD and have watched it several times since then. The film is about Adam Sandler (Sonny Koufax), whom looks after a child and takes the child in his care, after it showing up unexpectedly on his doorstep. The child claims to be the son of Adam Sandler's friend, whom is currently on holiday at the time. Adam Sandler starts to get really attached to the child and learns the basics of fatherhood. He also starts learning things about himself and does things that he most probably would have never done if the child was not around. The rest of the film is up to you to watch and enjoy! Have fun and have a laugh.

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                    17.02.2009 16:20
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                    An enjoyable movie that i would watch again

                    Big Daddy released in 1999 is a comedy focusing on Sonny Koufax, an immature, scrounging slob who happens to take a young boy into his care. What follows is a hilarious 90 minutes of comic genius. Adam Sandler plays Sonny Koufax a law graduate who, as a result of a $200,000 payout has decided he doesn't need to work. All of Sonny's mates have begun to grow up and move on with their lives but Sonny has remained carefree and devoid of responsibility, much to the dismay of his Girlfriend who wants Sonny to make something of his life. Sonny hatches a plot to adopt a kid (played by the twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse) who is left at his door. The kid is meant for Sonny's housemate Kevin (John Stewart) who has no recollection of producing a child, in fact he hasn't even been to buffalo where the child was supposedly conceived. Sonny decides that if he adopts the kid his girlfriend will stay with him. However she is busy banging "old balls" and so Sonny's plan backfires. Sonny takes the "Frankenstein" back to social services but instead of allowing him to enter a home decides to look after him himself. The rest of the movie shows the comic outcomes as Sonny takes care of the child, allowing the child to make his own decisions. I won't spoil the ending but it is characteristically soppy and to be honest quite predictable. Adam Sandler does well as Sonny, a role made for his persona. The Scenes including Rob Schneider as Sonny's delivery man friend are particularly entertaining. Overall the movie is an enjoyable watch, the plot is quite fresh and unique and I don't think you will be disappointed.

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                      A fantastic film for Sandler fans.

                      Big Daddy is a fantastic film full of laughs but the story is very predictable. I am not going to ruin the story line but it is about Sandler taking care of a little boy who lives next door so he doesn't go into care. It is very predicatbel but also very easy to understand making it easy for everyone to watch. It contains lots of twists which keep you watching and the film will make you laugh all the way through. I had to rewind some parts as they were just so funny. However, the jokes are similar to other films of his so if you hate his style, you should give this one a miss. The film is very touching and will sometimes bring a tear to your eye, taking you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The DVD extras are ok but it only contains a behind the scenes video but this is still very informative and funny. Overall, a great DVD for all Adam Sandler fans as you will laugh all the way through. However, the film is very predictable and the jokes are similar to his other films, so if you hate him, give it a miss. If not, it should be in everyone's DVD collection.

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                      24.10.2008 11:54
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                      awesome film

                      what can i say other than this film is awesome !!!! when im having a really naff day nothing cheers me up more than kicking off my shoes, grapping a cuppa and the popcorn and sitting down to watch the 1999 film BIG DADDY the fabulous adam sandler plays 'jack the lad' sonny koufax , a not very mature man who thinks that 'adopting' a kid is the best way to save his failing relationship. his girlfriend however dumps him before she finds out about the child, so he finds himself in charge of the poor child that he cant return to the adoption agency watching his journey with a typical 5 year old 'julian' ( played by cole and dylan sprouse) always has me in stitches , from laying paper on the bed to contend with nighttime accidents, teaching the boy to pee in public, and the realisation that having a kid isnt all fun and games, right through to the happy ending where he really does fall in love with the kid but has to give him back to his rightful father. this really is a feel good film that has just the right amount of sensitivity thrown in to a proper comedy. if you havent already watched it i suggest you buy it now, i promise you wont regret it. this film bears a '12' certificate so is only suitable for persons of 12 and over to view. and runs for approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes. every minute of which is enjoyable and will be over before you know it the dvd also contains special features, these being :- featurette :- filmographies :- music videos :- trailers subtitles are available for the movie only in the following languages czech, danish, english, finnish, german, greek, hebrew, hindi, hungarian, icelandic, norwegian, polish, swedish and turkish.

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                      Gosh--kids. You gotta love 'em, right? Well, not necessarily--particularly if you're Adam Sandler. But Big Daddy is about paternal devotion in its own oblique way. Sandler plays Sonny Koufax, a law-school grad who has been milking an accident settlement to cover his living expenses, while he continues to slack his way through life. But when his girlfriend threatens to dump him, he decides to show her he's serious about their relationship and pretends to adopt a little boy (in fact, his roommate's son from a one-night stand several years earlier, who shows up on their doorstep just after the roommate leaves town on a job). But after taking care of the tyke for a couple of days, Sonny finds that it's a little like feeding that stray dog that followed you home: before you know it, you've grown attached to the little fella--and then what are you going to do? By turns crude and maudlin, Big Daddy has its share of laughs and will certainly entertain fans who like Adam Sandler best when he plays the case of arrested development with a smart-aleck retort for everything.--Marshall Fine