Big Daddy

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Joseph M Caracciolo, Allen Covert, Michelle Holdsworth, Adam Sandler, Robert Simonds, Mary P Winn, Jack Giarraputo, Alex Siskin
  • Writers: Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Rob Schneider, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Leslie Mann, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, Joseph Bologna, Josh Mostel

Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is a carefree, unmotivated slob, who has declined to take on adult roles and responsibilities. He has earned a law degree, but has chosen not to even attempt to take the bar exam, since he was awarded $200,000 in an automobile accident years prior and lives off his restitution. He is employed, on a part time basis only, as a toll booth collector. His best friend is a kind-hearted delivery guy named Nazo (Rob Schneider) who stops by every so often. Sonny also has a habit of frequently harassing his roommate’s girlfriend, Corrine (Leslie Mann) about her previous employment at Hooters every chance he gets.

The film shows Sonny’s friends, all former schoolmates, are “moving ahead” in their lives. His roommate Kevin Garrity (Jon Stewart) decides to ask Corrine to marry him and that is another thing that irritates Sonny. Kevin decides to pop the question the day before he is leaving for China for his law firm. Two of his male friends from school, in contrast to their conduct in Sonny’s experience while at school, are now revealed to be homosexual and in a committed domestic partnership. Sonny’s girlfriend (Kristy Swanson), disgusted and perplexed at Sonny’s contrasting and inconsistent conduct decides to end her romantic relationship with him. Not to mention find a new much older man with more reliability.

One year, three months, and six days later, Sonny, now a lawyer and married to Layla with a child of their own, is surprised with a birthday party at Hooters attended by all his colleagues and friends, including Julian, but is more surprised to find his ex-girlfriend working as a Hooters girl and her boyfriend with his so called five-year plan working the grill.

Grown Ups

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert, Steve Koren, Barry Bernardi
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph

Five best friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade) and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph) and kids in town, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t always mean growing up.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck Larry

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Barry Fanaro
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames, Nick Swardson, with Steve Buscemi, and Dan Aykroyd, Nicholas Turturro, Richard Chamberlain, Mary Pat Gleason, Rachel Dratch, Matt Winston, Peter Dante, Cole Morgen, Shelby Adamwosky

Charles “Chuck” Levine (Sandler) and Lawrence “Larry” Valentine (James) are veteran FDNY fire fighters. Chuck is a bachelor who is living single, while Larry is a widower trying to raise two children, one of whom is somewhat effeminate.

During a routine sweep of a burned building, a segment of floor collapses and Chuck almost dies. He is saved by Larry, who shields him from falling debris. As they awaken at a hospital later, Chuck vows to repay his debt in any way possible.

This event prompts Larry to realize the fact that death can come for him at any moment, but he has difficulties naming his children as primary beneficiaries in his life insurance due to the death of his wife. One of the ways suggested for him to do so is to get married. Inspired by a newspaper article about domestic partnerships, Larry asks Chuck to enter a civil union with him. Although at first Chuck declines, he is reminded of his debt to Larry and finally agrees. The two become domestic partners and Chuck becomes Larry’s primary beneficiary in the event of his death. Soon, city investigators arrive to inquire about their partnership, suspecting fraud. Larry and Chuck decide to enlist the help of a lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel), who suggests that they become married. The pair then marries in Canada and move in together.

Unfortunately, with these revelations, the pair, along with all their fellow firefighters, are sent to prison, but they are quickly released after negotiating a deal to provide photos for an AIDS research benefit calendar. Two months later, Duncan and Alex’s brother, Kevin McDonough (Nick Swardson) are married in Canada at the same chapel as Larry and Chuck were. At the wedding party, Larry finally moves on after the death of his wife and talks to a new woman, while Alex reluctantly agrees to a dance with Chuck.

Happy Gilmore

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Robert Simonds
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Allen Covert, Frances Bay, Christopher McDonald, Ben Stiller

Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is an aspiring ice hockey player from Waterbury, Connecticut who masters a powerful, and dangreous slapshot that his late father taught him as a child. However, his aggression and poor skating ability render it impossible for him to make any hockey team. His grandmother (Frances Bay), with whom he’s lived almost all his life due to an unfortunate hockey-related incident which killed his father, has not paid her taxes for many years. As such, she owes $270,000 to the IRS and the house that Happy’s grandfather “built with his bare hands” is about to be seized. Grandma Gilmore is forced to temporarily move into a retirement home run as a sweatshop by Hal, the retirement home’s sadistic manager (Ben Stiller in an uncredited role). While repossessing Grandma’s furniture, a pair of movers challenge Happy to shoot golf balls, and his unorthodox hockey slapshot hits 400 yards three times, winning $40 as a result. This gives Happy the idea to go to the driving range to make money with bets on his swing. When ex-golf player and current Club Pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) (who was forced to retire when his hand was bitten off by an alligator) sees Happy’s shot, he talks Happy into entering a local tournament by convincing him he can make a lot of money. Happy wins the tournament and earns a spot on the PGA Tour. However, against Chubbs’ advice Happy joins the tour immediately after learning he can make enough money to buy back Grandma’s house.

Shooter is attacked by an angry mob of spectators after he steals the gold jacket from Doug in a fit of hysteria after Happy wins. The film closes with Happy being congratulated by the two-handed ghost of Chubbs, Abraham Lincoln, and the alligator (reference to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).

You Don t Mess with the Zohan

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Lainie Kazan, Rob Schneider

Zohan Dvir, an Israeli Special Forces soldier, leaves his vacation at Tel Aviv beach, agreeing to complete yet another mission of recapturing a key Palestinian terrorist, the “Phantom”, who had been freed by the Israeli government in a prisoner exchange. Later, as Zohan expresses his desire to leave Israel and become a hairdresser in New York City, his wishes are met with derision by his mother and father.

The disgruntled Zohan fakes his own death during the pursuit of the Phantom, who is tricked into believing he had killed Zohan. Zohan smuggles himself into a flight to New York City in a pet crate. Changing his hairstyle into a 1987 Paul Mitchell’s Avalon style, shaving his beard into a goatee and taking “Scrappy Coco” (Scrappy and Coco being the names of two dogs he befriended during the flight) as a new alias, he sets out to pursue his dreams in New York City.

Initially unsuccessful in getting hired at several salons, Zohan’s military expertise earns him a new friend, Michael, who gives him a place to stay. Zohan’s passion for disco (Discoth√ɬ®ques) runs him into a fellow Israeli named Oori, a Zohan fan who is aware of Scrappy Coco’s true identity but agrees to keep it a secret. Oori introduces him to a block in lower Manhattan filled with Middle Eastern Americans, who are split between a Palestinian side and an Israeli side of the street.

Zohan arrives and calms the Israelis and Palestinians, who each blame the other for the violence and fires. The Phantom then appears and confronts Zohan, but he refuses to fight and eventually convinces the Phantom to cooperate with him against the arsonists. As Zohan and Phantom work to save the block, Dalia appears, revealing that she is the Phantom’s sister. Zohan’s personal dossier technology allows him to discover the arsonists’ true identities as white racist rednecks hired by Walbridge to instigate an inter-ethnic riot between the Israelis and Palestinians and hopefully allow him to take over their stores more easily. Zohan and Phantom lead the united Israelis and Palestinians of the block to save their shops, defeating the rednecks, thwarting Walbridge’s plans, but damaging all of the shops on the block including Dalia’s salon. With the Israelis and the Palestinians united, the block is transformed into a collectively-owned mall called the Peace and Brotherhood Fire Insurance Mall, in which Phantom opens a shoe store and Zohan and Dalia open a joint beauty parlor.