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R: ARCHIVE, S: MOVIES, D: 11/04/1999,

Big Daddy

(Columbia TriStar)

No surprises about what happens when loser law-school grad Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) adopts a five-year-old boy named Julian (Cole and Dylan Sprouse) to impress his girlfriend: guy gets child but loses girl, guy bumbles through child-rearing process, guy gets attached to child as he learns about the value of fatherhood, guy goes to court (and uses all the tricks he learned in school) to try and keep child as his own. Sandler has only two working facial expressions, amusement and anger, so he wisely avoids any serious emoting until the very end. In the meantime, he trusts that people will laugh as he teaches a young, impressionable child to pee on walls and injure rollerbladers. And laugh they do.