In his first film since breaking into superstardom with The Waterboy, comic Adam Sandler finds himself teetering dangerously close to the precipice of seriousness that has swallowed many a wayward comedian. Although Big Daddy returns to the wild, random, boisterous absurdity that paid off in Sandler's earlier films, it also veers into awkward territory. Big Daddy is rife with a deadly precious sentimentality, as Sandler plays a lazy loser who tries to force maturity upon himself by adopting a child (played by twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse). Despite some of Sandler's funniest work, this is, alas, a learning movie, and in the hands of pedestrian director Dennis Dugan, that only means a cringe-inducing lesson in failure. Hopefully it will teach Sandler and most other comedians aching for dramatic roles to stick to laughs from now on. Also with John Stewart, Joey Lauren Adams, Kristi Swanson, Rob Schneider, and Steve Buscemi. Good transfer (1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen), DD 5.1 or Dolby Surround 2.0, HBO featurette, music videos by Sheryl Crow and Garbage.