‘Big Daddy’ follows Sonny Koufax (portrayed by Adam Sandler), a lazy law school grad, who adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, Vanessa (played by Kristy Swanson). However, things do not go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father. The film has a compassionate narrative that tells a wonderful, heartwarming story of friendship. A part of the gamut of films which made Adam Sandler one of the most successful actors of the 90s, ‘Bog Daddy’ is a movie that raises your spirits.
All the films that we are going to discuss in this article explore themes of friendship, family and companionship while expanding to a different narrative. Some might be dramas and some might be comedies, but all of them are similar in many ways. So, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Big Daddy’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Big Daddy’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. About a Boy (2002)
Co-directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, ‘About a Boy’ is a romantic comedy-drama. The film stars English actor Hugh Grant as Will Freeman, a cynical and immature man who is taught to start acting like a grown up from a young boy named Marcus Brewer, essayed by English actor Nicholas Hoult. The movie’s greatest USP is that it’s extremely likable. While actors Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult impress with their charming performances and showcase the camaraderie required for such a film, supporting actors Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz add on to the charm. The screenplay, co-written by the Weitz’s and Peter Hedges, complements the performances with a solid structure, for which it was also nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay”. On the whole, ‘About a Boy’ is a great watch and will definitely put a smile to your face.
9. Paper Moon (1973)
Adapted from Joe David Brown’s ‘Addie Pray’, published in 1971, ‘Paper Moon’ is set during the Great Depression, where Moses “Moze” Praya, a con man, finds himself stuck with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter. However, as the narrative goes forward, the two forge an unlikely partnership. The film was cited as one of the best films of 1973. With brilliant performances by both Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal, the film is a great watch for those who are looking for a child-adult friendship. Tatum O’Neal went on to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the youngest winner in the history of Academy Awards.