YMMV / Big Daddy

  • Acceptable Professional Targets: Despite Hooters getting a very prominent Product Placement, working for the restaurant is depicted as the single most demeaning and humiliating occupation someone can possibly hold, seeing how it's used as a constant subject of ridicule for Corinne and treated as Vanessa's Laser-Guided Karma at the end of the film.
  • Anvilicious: The courtroom climax gets a bit preachy.
  • Awesome Music: "When I Grow Up" by Garbage definitely counts. It became a Top 40 hit after the film's release.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Sonny briefly hangs out with some of Julian's friends in the schoolyard, slyly questioning them to try to find out if they're "smoking dope" or "drinking rum." They aren't. Unusual as this scene is the punchline from a previous scene. Layla mentionned that she heard one of the biggest influences on a child is who s/he hangs out with and the such, and then makes a joke about how she hopes Julian isn't hanging around drugheads at school. She sees his reaction, assuming it's concern, but the ensuing BLAM reveals it might be shame.
  • Designated Villain: Deliberately invoked with Arthur Brooks. He's just doing his job - and is completely justified in doing so since Sonny lied to him - but in the context of the film he comes off as somewhat mean.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nazo, to the point where he made The Cameo in Mr. Deeds.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sandler was a Toll Booth man in a scene. Sounds familiar?
    • The McDonald's scene will seem weird to future viewers since the restaurant started serving breakfast all day in 2015.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Sonny is described both by Corinne and by himself as "fat." We never see Sonny without his clothes on, and he's not likely to be in very good shape due to his sedentary lifestyle, but to call him "fat" is an exaggeration.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Played straight with Arthur Brooks. The social services agent who brings suit against Sonny for fraudulence and kidnapping appears to be heartless when he drags a frightened, begging Julian out of Sonny's apartment. However, he sincerely has Julian's best interests at heart and was right to bring Sonny to trial. When it appears that he is going to lose his case, instead of becoming bitter he is so moved by Sonny's testimony that he immediately takes out a cell phone and calls his own father (along with most of the rest of the cast).
    • The characters are aghast when the judge rules that Sonny is to be jailed for "kidnapping" Julian...which is more or less what he did.