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Film: That's My Boy

That's My Boy is a 2012 comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The film centers on the character of Donny Berger (Sandler), a 12-year-old who becomes a national celebrity in the year 1984 after it's discovered that he's in a sexual relationship with his hot 22-year-old teacher, Mary McGarricle. Mary becomes pregnant from the affair, causing Donny to become a very young single father after she is sentenced to 30 years in prison. Flash forward to present day, where Donny is a washed-up loser who spends most of his time hanging out at the local strip club and is facing prison time for tax evasion (having not paid his taxes since the early 1990s). When he learns that his millionaire son, Han Solo Berger (Samberg) is getting married, he makes a deal with a reality TV show host to reunite Han Solo with his mother so that he'll have enough money to avoid going to jail. But first, Donny must make amends with his son, whom he has not spoken to in years.


That's My Boy provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Susan Sarandon has played Samberg's Mother.
  • The Alcoholic: Donny almost always has a beer in his hand, and stashes bottles and cans of Budweiser everywhere.
  • Artistic License - Law: No one would ever be given 30 years for this degree of statutory rape in real life.
  • As Himself: Vanilla Ice, and Todd Bridges.
    • Although the film version of Vanilla Ice differs from the real life version. In the film he's portrayed as a washed-up rapper who now works at an ice skating rink, while in real life he's a successful motocross racer who has made considerable amounts of money from his winnings.
  • Badass Grandpa: Father McNally.
  • The Bartender: Champale's daughter, Brie, works as the bartender in Donny's favorite strip club.
  • Between My Legs: Seen when Grandma Delores seduces Donny.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Inverted. Jamie says that Chad is half the size of Han but is a much better lover. Then again, he's probably had years of practice doing what she likes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jamie at first seems like a sweet, if somewhat neurotic girl. As the film goes on we learn that she is shrill and controlling towards Han, and then we learn that she's having an affair with her own brother.
  • Brick Joke: Father McNally prohibits texting, phone calls or "that game with the birds" in his church. Later in the film, the replacement pastor is on his phone, grumbling "Fly farther, stupid bird!"
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Han carries an extra pair of underwear at all times after soiling himself as a child. Later in the film he soils himself again after being tazed.
  • Brother-Sister Incest
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early in the film Donny bets $20 on a fat man running the Boston Marathon, whose odds of winning are 8000-to-1. At the end of the film the fat man wins the marathon, causing Donny to win $160,000 and pay off his debt to the IRS.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Delores
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Donny spends one entire evening doing this to Grandma Delores.
  • Disco Dan: Donny still dresses likes it's the 1980s, and he still has a cassette tape player in his car (along with a large collection of mix tapes from 80s bands like Van Halen and Def Leppard).
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Played with, Donny is cheered on by the school for having sex with his teacher and enjoys the experience, but it IS treated seriously in-universe, as the presiding judge says that despite some people not thinking of Donny as a victim, what the teacher did was still a serious crime, and the fact that she showed no remorse leads the judge to give her the maximum sentence of thirty years in prison.
    • However, the movie portrays the relationship between Donny and his teacher as being born out of genuine love, not to mention showing that being raped by the teacher as being best thing that ever happened to him because of the money he got.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Han's entire back is covered by a New Kids On The Block tattoo.
  • Fanboy: Donny likes Star Wars so much that he named his son after Han Solo. Also, Donny's accountant is a die-hard New England Patriots fan.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Vanilla Ice now works the snack bar at an ice skating rink.
  • Fan Disservice: One of Donny's only friends is Champale, an obese, middle-aged stripper.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Donny is an expert at using a beer bottle as an improvised weapon, and never fails to knock his target unconscious.
  • Hot for Teacher: 12 year old Donny Berger has an affair with...
  • Hot Teacher: Mary McGarricle
  • Hypocritical Humor: Jamie is disgusted when she learns that Han is the result of an underage boy having an affair with his teacher... despite the fact that she's involved in an incestuous relationship with her brother.
  • I Banged Your Mom: The reason why Vanilla Ice has been angry with Donny for several years.
  • Interrupted Intimacy
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Donny was a lousy parent to Han, it was more out of ignorance than anything else. He genuinely cares about his son and wants him to be happy.
  • Man Child: Donny.
  • Made-for-TV Movie: An in-universe example. Donny's life was the subject of a television movie called The Donny Berger Story.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Han's brawl with Father McNally is one of these until Donny intervenes.
  • Oh Crap: The look on Jamie and Chad's faces when Donny shows up at the wedding to voice his objections.
  • Papa Wolf: Donny when he knocks out Jamie when she's about to knife Todd.
  • Poor Man's Porn: In one scene, Donny has A Date with Rosie Palms over a pair of photographs of Grandma Delores; one as a young woman in a vintage swimsuit, and one from the present day as an elderly woman.
  • The Pornomancer: Donny. The fact that he had an affair with his attractive teacher when he was only 12 years old causes many of the male characters in the movie to view him as a sex god. He also seems to have little difficulty hooking up with other women, such as Grandma Delores and the manager at the Men's Spa.
  • Product Placement: Donny is seldom seen without a bottle or can of Budweiser (and the label is always facing toward the camera). Also, one of the film's gags references the "Wassup!" Bud Light commercials from the late 1990s.
  • Really Gets Around: Grandma Delores has sex with Donny and Vanilla Ice in the same night.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Todd starts a relationship with Brie at the end.
  • Rule of Three: Donny hitting people with a bottle.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Jamie attempts to bribe Donny with enough money to keep him out of jail as long as he keeps quiet about her affair with Chad. But in the end, Donny decides that he'd rather go to jail than let his son marry somebody like Jamie.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Donny somehow raised his son as a teenager while his mother is in jail.
  • Stripper With A Heart Of Gold: Champale, who seems to honestly care for Donny's well-being.
  • Tap on the Head: Donny delivers a few of these during the film.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: After Todd whacks Chad with a bottle, he has the perfect rejoinder. "At ease, bitch!"
  • Timeshifted Actor: The young version of Mary McGarricle is played by Eva Amurri Martino. The middle-aged version of the character is played by Martino's real-life mother, Susan Sarandon.
  • Title Drop: Donny says "That's my boy" a couple of times. Todd even says "I hate you, Dad" which was the film's original title.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Jamie tries to attack Todd with a cake knife at the end, only to be knocked out by Donny.
  • Villainous Incest: Near the end of the film, Donny walks in on Jamie having sex with her brother, Chad.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: A drunken Han Solo pukes on Jamie's wedding dress after his bachelor party. Also, Donny throws up after discovering Jamie and Chad's incestuous relationship.
  • Vulgar Humor: Constant cussing, nonstop crude sexual content involving masturbation, oral sex, semen, penis size, incest, even statutory rape among other things, and urine and vomit gags to top it all off. Yup, this movie's got it all.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Donny's fine with hitting Jamie on the head with a beer bottle.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Inverted; this movie is about a father attempting to win the approval of his son.


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