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Big Daddy Review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Recycling the regressive humor of his (Sandler’s) previous films, it piles on so much sentimentality that you wonder how anyone could consider him a renegade. [25 June 1999, Friday, p.A]

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    There's some heavy-duty Oedipal stuff going on underneath all the running gags about Hooters restaurants. [25 June 1999, Life, p.8E]

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Go to this movie for the cheap laughs and bodily fluid jokes -- those are its strengths.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Much of Big Daddy looks like it was made up on the spot, but Sandler, with his bad-dog eagerness to get caught in the act of misbehaving, pulls you through it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Typical Adam Sandler -- charm mixed with crude humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are a number of sexual references -- some quite vivid -- and a range of the usual PG-13 naughty words and potty humor.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of silly comedies like this one. Where is the line between funny and offensive?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not applicable

What to watch for
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    Violence: A few tussles

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some vivid references.

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    Language: Strong language.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable