Big Daddy | 1999

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

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Main Plot

A lazy law-school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.


  • Adam Sandler's character in Big Daddy is a lazy man who becomes a father figure to a young boy.
  • Joey Lauren Adams plays Layla Maloney, the love interest of Adam Sandler's character, who helps him mature and become responsible.
  • Jon Stewart's character, Kevin Gerrity, serves as the love interest and potential stepfather to Julian, the child Adam Sandler's character cares for.


In the ending of Big Daddy, Sonny, the main character, realizes his immaturity and decides to take responsibility for Julian, the child he has been taking care of. He fights for custody and successfully adopts Julian, proving his growth as a person. Sonny also reconciles with his girlfriend, Layla, and they start a family together. The film ends on a heartwarming note, showing Sonny's transformation from a carefree man-child to a loving and responsible father.

Dennis Dugan