Is Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" Inspired By The Mary Kay Letourneau Scandal?

4:26 PM EDT 6/22/2012 by Amanda Remling, Celebeat Reporter

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In the late 1990's elementary school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, then 34, made headlines when it was discovered that the married mother of four began an affair with her 12-year-old sixth grade student, Vili Fualaau. Birthing two more children through her affair with Fualaau, Letourneau spent seven years in prison for second-degree rape of a child. Released from jail in 2004, the couple is now married...and is claiming that Adam Sandler's latest flick "That's My Boy" is based on their life!

Sandler's "That's My Boy" is about a 12-year-old boy who is seduced by his female tutor. The tutor ends up pregnant, leaving Sandler's character to care for it when he was just a boy.

The plot line sounds very similar to that of the story of Letourneau and her now husband Fualaau. Fualaau isn't upset about the film's similarities to his real life, in fact the 29-year-old told TMZ that he loves the idea of the film.

While Fualaau and his wife of seven years have yet to see the flick, they are going to plan a date night to see their story with a creative twist.

"Maybe this movie won't suck as bad as the last few films he made," Fualaau told TMZ. "We're talking about my life and a young boy banging his hot teacher...what's not to like about that?"

Critics actually have a lot "not to like" about "That's My Boy."

A critic for Variety magazine wrote about the film, stating: "Starting with the premise that statutory rape can be occasion for laughter, even applause, 'That's My Boy' is a shameless celebration of degenerate behavior, a work of relentless vulgarity and staggering moral idiocracy."

Richard Roeper of Richard stated that the movie was: "Vulgar, tasteless, mean-spirited and most offensive of all -- not funny."

Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post went as far as to say that: "The script sometimes seems to have been written by a 13-year-old."

Critics might agree that "That's My Boy" isn't entertaining, but its safe to say that Letourneau and Fualaau's affair was tabloid gold when their scandal broke in 1996.  Mary Kay Letourneau had been a 34-years-old teacher, and married with four children when she conceived a child with 12-year-old Vili Fualaau. Letourneau had been out on bail in 1997 when she gave birth to their first daughter, Audrey. Although the former teacher pleaded guilty in a deal to receive only six months in prison, Letourneau continued her illegal affair with the student. The two were caught having sex in her car in February 1998, sending her back to jail. While in prison Letourneau gave birth to their second child, Alexis.

Letourneau was released from prison in 2004. The couple got married in May of 2005, and according to the Daily Mail, occasionally host 'Hot For Teacher' event nights in Seattle.

Hopefully Letourneau and Fualaau will dig the movie, because according to the Daily Mail the movie is Adam Sandler's worst opening since 2007's "Reign Over Me." "Opening weekend "That's My Boy" only brought in a measly $13 million.

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