I Don’t Know How Anyone Who Worked On The Racist, Misogynistic, Incestuous That’s My Boy Can Sleep At Night

It was only about three-quarters of the way through That’s My Boy, when my friend turned to me and said, “Wow, you look like you’re having a great time,” that I realized just how hard I had been clenching my jaw for 100 minutes.

It is only right now, inspecting the official list of Adam Sandler’s movies, that I realize this is only the second one I’ve ever seen. The first was The Wedding Singer. Yeah, yeah, so crucify me. I know what I like, and his movies have never even come close to falling into that category.

I had no idea.

Going into That’s My Boy, I knew it would be horrible and I knew I was extremely unlikely find it funny (I smiled twice during the film), but I thought I would simply be able to make sarcastic comments about how stupid it was. Instead, I left the theater disgusted and enraged. Let’s start with the premise itself, shall we?

Imagine this: A screenwriter walks into a movie executive’s office and says, “Hey, I have this great script for a comedy about a 13-year old girl who is raped by her teacher at the beginning of the movie, they start a relationship resulting in a child, and hilarity ensues.” That screenwriter is escorted out before you can say “I hate everyone involved in the making of this movie.”

So why is it acceptable — and not just acceptable, admirable – for a 13-year old boy to be raped by his teacher? In That’s My Boy, Miss McGarricle (Eva Amurri, playing the younger version of mom Susan Sarandon‘s character) takes little seventh grader Donny into detention, pulls the panicking child into her office, and rapes him. When they’re caught having sex, Donny gets a standing ovation from the entire middle school. He’s treated as a hero, not just by other students, but by the media, who put him on magazine covers and talk shows to discuss what a legend he is. Even as an adult, Donny Berger garners high fives wherever he goes for “living out every middle school kid’s fantasy.” This is so far beyond not okay.

A young boy having sex with a teacher, male or female, young or old, attractive or not, is called statutory rape, and That’s My Boy consistently and overtly calls a child abuse victim a hero. I just cannot imagine what universe people are living in to think that’s funny. And people did laugh, so if you have no soul, you will probably enjoy this film.

Okay, so we’ve already objectified children…let’s move on to women!

You can reach this post's author, Kelsey Manning, on twitter.
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    • Maggie

      Possibly the worst part of it is that this movie will make millions of dollars and people will find it funny. I think it’s time for Adam Sandler to retire and go away, because his recent movies have been (Jack and Jill anyone?) are trashy, pathetic money grabs that reinforce disgusting stereotypes.

      • Kelsey Manning

        I know, it’s really depressing. I was in a large theater of people laughing, so you’re probably right

    • Jenni Maier

      At this point, unless he’s going to make Wedding Singer 2, he needs to retire.

    • porkchop

      Yikes! I know that movies are going to use misogyny to sooth men who will never exceed the mental age of 12, and I accept it, but freaking child rape? WHAT!! I feel like critics aren’t being hard enough on that.

    • McSnuggleFuggle

      God what a load of crap. Kelsey Manning you sound like a deprived female turned sexist after not getting humped enough.. a wallaby without an owner. Shit if a bunch a kids with down syndrome got placed together in a room there would be a lot of hugging and humping but you’re too moronic and porcine to even manage that. A serious feminist. Feminist being fucking ugly bitches. Seriously, when have you ever seen a hot feminist. You’re obviously a girl who can’t get laid and wants to take it out on the rest of society by claiming ridiculous bullshit like, “Models create unrealistic body images,” and “Women should have equal rights.”… next time why dont you do something productive and stay in the kitchen making us all sandwiches… and if you can’t manage that, then just stick to giving blowies during the movie.. i don’t see why you were watching thats my boy in the first place.. its for men and women come to keep us company with a mouth and i dont mean their vocals.

      • Jenni Maier

        I like your style McSnuggleFuggle. If you’re interested in writing for us, please shoot an email to tRoLlPaTrOl@crushable.com

      • Maggie

        Have fun living in your Mom’s basement your whole life, because you will definitely never find a woman that you don’t have to pay to sleep with you.

      • Gerry

        Yup, anyone who points out your racism and sexism isn’t getting humped enough! Good insight, ad hominem toad! Oh and imagine thinking “women should have equal rights”. What a concept! Do you still believe the earth is flat too? Can’t compete friend? Women getting the best of you? Wa wa wa all the way back to your widdle cave. Big tough man. Won’t even let you have your own brand of cough cough humor. So you hate women, that’s old stuff my repressed little man. Wait a minute what was that grunting. Oh, you’re horny and can’t get enough blood to the littler brain in your head to make a real sentence. Don’t bother replying since once you told everyone you liked the cough cough humor in this movie, you blew your entire load….done! That politically correct enough for you?

    • Nancy

      I haven’t seen this movie because (though I loved his older movies!) his newer movies look totally stupid. BUT from some of the ways you described the issues, it kind of sounds like they were doing it ironically (maybe subtly ironically?). Like this: “(This comment actually gets said of housekeepers: “They aren’t from this country, so feel free to abuse the shit out of them”)”-seems pretty clear it’s not a serious opinion. And all the stuff you said about EVERYONE treating him like a hero…? Seems like the whole movie’s kind of a hyperbole. But again, I didn’t see it, I don’t know the tone. Maybe they tried for hyperbole but were too subtle and came off as serious?

      Anyway, I loved this line: “So, let’s talk about how many things this movie ruined for me—starting with jeans, because I inadvertently sat on a piece on gum at the theater and blame Adam Sandler for that too. “

    • Sebastian

      This is greatest comedy ever!!! (and i am not joking!) – Kelsey, you must be one helluva stuck-up prude who can’t get laid… Or seriously is a feminist who has no clue about society. I would give this 10 stars if i could! I’m seeing it again, and would happily pay to see it a 3rd time! PS: I saw Citizen Kane last week for the first time, and really liked that too.

      What does that say about me??

      • Gerry

        I’d say it makes you schizophrenic. It was predictable that someone would say anyone disgusted with this film is simply prudish as a counter point to the fact that anyone that would like this film is ten notches below a neanderthal. Once you get the point that the film is meant to shock by crossing all politically correct boundaries, it is absolutely boring. So here’s the distinction you can’t make. There is a difference between laughing at political correctness, and laughing along with misogyny and racism. This film revels in the latter attitude. In fact, the fact that you laugh at these lame jokes proves that you are the real prude. Only a real prude would continue to be aroused by the prospect of crossing the political correct threshold. I also suspect that your libido is linked to your racism and misogyny. Get some help!

    • Student-X

      man. just…damn. i saw this movie on HBO only recently. i saw the Happy Madison intro then thought that this could be a funny movie, because i remember the Adam Sandler movies from the past. but then those first few minutes. that detention part, then the teacher had intercourse with that kid?! seriously? i thought to myself , “are they really going with that? am i really watching this now?”. i couldn’t take it so i just searched for the whole plot. then to my surprise i read that the movie had a scene involving incest. at that moment, i gave up -.- and decided that this could be one of the disappointing movies i have ever seen.