Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Feb. 27
Rape Victim Gives Adam Sandler's That's My Boy a Ringing Endorsement!
The same day Andrew Sarris -- the Dean of American Film Criticism -- passed, cinephiles were presented with a new exacting voice to consider: Vili Fualaau.
For those of you who didn't pick up a newspaper in 1997, Fualaau was a 13-year-old middle school student caught having a sexual relationship with his teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau.
Letourneau, who became an overnight media celebrity, served six months in jail after being found guilty of statutory rape. She agreed to no longer have contact with Fualaau, a promise that was broken in 1998. Letourneau was jailed for another 5 years.
By the time she was released, her boytoy had blossomed into manhood. They were married in 2005 after a judge allowed granted the couple permission to see each other again.
Did Adam Sandler use the scandal to form the basis for his latest "comedy," That's My Boy?
TMZ reports, the "former student believes the movie is all about him and his naughty teacher ... and he loves it!"
Fualaau has yet to see the movie, but he and his bride have every intention of catching the flick.
Letourneau must have screwed some sense into the lad. "Maybe this movie won't suck as bad as the last few films (Adam Sandler) made," Fualaau tells TMZ adding, "We're talking about my life and a young boy banging his hot teacher ... what's not to like about that?!"
In the case of That's My Boy, plenty!
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