Big Daddy

Synopsis: Sonny Koufax is 32 years old. He's a law school graduate. He's got a nice apartment in Manhattan. There's just one problem. He does nothing, except sit on his butt and live off an investment that was the result of a meager lawsuit he won a year ago. But after his fed up girlfriend leaves him, he comes up with the ingenious idea to adopt a five year old boy to showcase his newfound maturity. But things don't go as planned, and Sonny finds himself the unlikely foster father that will change his perspective on just looking out for himself.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Dennis Dugan
Production: Columbia Pictures
  8 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- Hello?

- Sonny, it's your dad You asleep?

No. Hey, man. I was exercising.

- Bullshit You were sleeping

- I wasn't.

This kid won't stop lying to me

You still act like you're six

Yeah, okay, Dad

I act like I'm six

Found a job yet, where

you work more than one day a week?

I've been looking

Looking won't pay the rent

All the money I won

from the cab accident

is kicking ass

in the stock market, so relax

- Don't blow it on worthless crap

- I won't

You should spend it on your bar exam

You're the lawyer

I ain't taking a bar exam

I got too much other shit going on

I don't know what happened to you

How're things going with

your girlfriend, Vanessa?

Things are going fine.


I gotta go.

Shit! You turned off

the alarm clock again.

No! I mean, yes, I did,

but I thought you needed more sleep.

I shouldn't have stayed here.

That was a jerk thing to do.

Why are you going to work?

It's Sunday.

I'm not going to work. I'm going to

brunch with potential clients.

That's how a party planner

gets business, by making contacts.

Meet with me. I'll order in

from Cozy's. We'll have fun.

I am sick of Cozy's.

You order in from there all the time.

The delivery guy's your best friend.

He happens to be pretty damn nice.

This is a rough patch in my life.

Syracuse is 0 and 3.

And I got those medical problems.

Medical problems?

A cab runs over your foot two years ago.

You're hospitalized one night.

First of all, that cab was huge.

And a jury decided that one night

of pain was worth $200,000.

- So there you go.

- Whatever.

Why are you being

so nuts to me lately?

You refuse to move on

to the next phase.

I'd like to have a family someday.

I need someone I can rely on,

not a playmate.

You need a father figure?

"Stop pulling your sister's hair!"

You know what? I'm gonna go to

Syracuse to see my mom.

- I'll be back on Wednesday.

- What are you talking about?

I had call for delivery, but it was

crank call. You want chocolate cake?

Come back later.

I'll Indian wrestle you.

You're going down, sucker.

We'll see about that.

Okay. Peace, out.

You're going to Syracuse?

I need time to think and so do you.

Think about what?

Your life and why I should

be a part of it.

All right.

While you're at it,

think about getting a real job.

I got a real job!

Patrick Ewing, nice shot.

- Hey, Sonny.

- What's up, buddy boy?

I'm out the door. Hey, pal.

- Where you going?

- Manhattan.

You wanna take me with you?

All right, I guess.

Hold onto your money.

Later on.

Okay, take care, Sonny.

See you.

Cadillac, I love it.


Just ignore him.

It's only Sonny. It's only Sonny.

Yeah, it's only me. It's only me.

- What's going on?

- Corinne's going-away party for Kevin.

She didn't tell me.

The roommate has a right to know.

She knew you'd ruin the surprise.

No, I wouldn't.

Hey, surprise.


What's going on?

We wasted the good surprise on you.

All right.

Is this your handiwork?

I guess.

See you in three hours.

Good to see you stiffs.

What've you been doing?

Last three weeks have been crazy.

I've been in Denver, Dallas...

I'm sleeping in the office.

We're going to trial on the fraud case.

Honey, it was a great surprise.

I was totally shocked.

No, you weren't!

And I worked so hard on this.

Need some help?

- Honey, your sister's here.

- Hey, sweetie.

I hate Sonny.

My client's out $7 million. All we

can sue on is breach of contract.

Maybe you can sue under

the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

I gotta get back to the office.

You're the king.

Mikey, a pleasure.

- I'll see you at home.

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Steve Franks

Steve Franks is an American screenwriter and musician based in Orange County, California. He devised the story for the 1999 comedy Big Daddy and wrote the screenplay with Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. Franks graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He also attended a graduate program at Loyola Marymount University.Franks created the USA Network original series Psych, and created the band The Friendly Indians, which recorded the show's theme song. He wrote several episodes of the series, and also directed many. Franks served as an executive producer and the showrunner on the CBS series Rush Hour, which was cancelled in May 2016. Franks co-wrote and directed Psych: The Movie, a two-hour USA Network TV movie, which aired on December 7, 2017. more…

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