YMMV: Big Daddy

  • Anvilicious: The courtroom climax gets a bit preachy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Subtext: The cute waitress who serves Julian a root beer at the sports bar? It's Jackie Titone, who became Mrs. Adam Sandler just a few years later.
  • 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.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Sonny mentions to Julian that McDonald's did not have breakfast items when he was Julian's age, and that he remembers the day that Egg McMuffins were first introduced. (That was in 1973, when Sonny would have been about two years older than Julian.)
    • In the penultimate scene, Nazo invites Sonny to his place, where "I've got Spice Channel." That adult pay-per-view network would later be renamed the "Fresh" Channel.