Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Dennis Dugan (1999)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This "adoption-by-proxy" comedy is a perfect example of how a sparkling central performance can make even the most crudely sentimental fluff hilariously palatable. Thanks to Adam Sandler and his infectious goofball sweetness, this film works like a charm, even though the story springs few surprises. Sandler doesn't stray far from his slacker persona here, playing a lazy loafer who takes his flatmate's love-child under his wing. They bond, and, thanks to parental responsibility, he's a changed man, even attracting the interest of Miss Right, Joey Lauren Adams. Yes, it's contrived, mawkish and manipulative, but Happy Gilmore director Dennis Dugan's effortless handling of the tale and Sandler's confident puppy-dog demeanour ensure that it delivers huge laughs. Sandler haters beware, however, he alone gives Big Daddy its big heart.


An immature 32-year-old is heartbroken when his girlfriend walks out on him. In a plan to win her back, he volunteers to look after his flatmate's five-year-old son, thus demonstrating he is finally ready to grow up. However, his ideas of childcare prove unconventional and chaos quickly ensues. Comedy, with Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Josh Mostel, Leslie Mann, Rob Schneider and Kristy Swanson, alongside Steve Buscemi in a cameo role.

Cast & Crew

Sonny Koufax Adam Sandler
Layla Joey Lauren Adams
Corinne Leslie Mann
Kevin Jon Stewart
Vanessa Kristy Swanson
Mr Brooks Josh Mostel
Homeless guy Steve Buscemi
Delivery guy Rob Schneider
Julian Dylan Sprouse
Julian Cole Sprouse
Director Dennis Dugan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video and DVD