- Cast: Adam Sandler, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Susan Sarandon, Milo Ventimiglia, Andy Samberg, Eva Amurri, Will Forte, Blake Clark, Ian Ziering, Dana Goodman, Todd Bridges, Ciara, Vanilla Ice, Meagen Fay, Colin Quinn, Luenell, Julia Lea Wolov, Rebecca Marshall, Dan Patrick, Abigail Klein, Zurab Matcharashvili, Brad Grunberg, Tony Orlando, Ella Jane New, Allen Zwolle, Diana Afonso, Kilo Alexander, Cassidy Alla, Stephanie Atkinson
- Directors: Sean Anders, John Morris
- Writers: David Caspe, Ken Marino, David Wain
- Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Adam Sandler
- Casting: Rachel Tenner
- Costume Designs: Kate Lombardi, Mem Macafee
- D.O.P.: Brandon Trost
- Editor: Farnaz
- Makeups: Carla Antonino, Ben Bornstein
- Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
- Production Design: Design: Aaron Osborne
The film follows a man who, as a teenager, fathered a son back in high school with his teacher. Years later, the man visits his son on the eve of his son's wedding and begins feuding with his son's bride.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Massachusetts, USA
- Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions
2012 Guide Analysis: "It's not sure what title this Sandler comedy is going by now as "I Hate You, Dad" was the working title, then it changed to "Donny's Boy" last month, now there's talk that it's back to 'Dad' again. Confusing.
Anders & Morris penned the comedies "Hot Tub Time Machine" and "She's Out of My League", but have earned their own fan base with their first directing effort "Sex Drive" which went places fairly crude but often quite funny. I'd expect this to be just as R-rated.
They are back in the big chair for this story in which Sandler plays a guy who fathered a son with his teacher during high school. Years later, the man moves in with his son (Samberg) on the eve of the young guy's wedding and begins feuding with the bride.
The film's original scribe, David Caspe, created ABC's "Happy Endings". That show surprised many by posting a big jump in its ratings in its second season, along with becoming one of the favourite regular series of last year of several noted TV critics. How much of Caspe's work remains intact isn't sure as "Role Models" and "Wanderlust" scribes Ken Marino and David Wain re-wrote it - in either case it's already looking like far better material than you'd come to expect from a Sandler comedy.
The draw here for audiences though is the teaming of Sandler and Samberg, ably supported by talents like James Caan, Susan Sarandon and even Vanilla Ice in a role said to be more than a cameo. It's the kind of film where Milo Ventimiglia's role for example is the bride's brother, an Iraq War veteran who is overly affectionate with his sister. At least it's not "Jack and Jill 2"."