Don’t believe everything you read in USA Network ads.
For its network premiere showing of “Big Daddy” starring Adam Sandler, USA boasted that the PG-13-rated movie would run “uncut” and “in its original theatrical form.”
But during that “Big Daddy” airing March 17 at 7 p.m., one expert in broadcast standards monitoring the USA version, who requested anonymity, said he came across six instances during which the censors substituted the word “butt” for the word “ass.”
Two other times, an actor in the movie exclaimed, “God damn,” but the re-edited soundtrack had him saying, “Gosh damn.”
When, during one scene, the little boy asked, “Is that the guy with the old butt?,” the boy’s lips were clearly mouthing, “Is that the guy with the old balls?”
In two other scenes, even an inattentive lip reader would’ve detected that when one of the characters said, “I can’t believe this…” he was really saying, “I can’t believe this shit.” The soundtrack discreetly disappeared for that last word.
And “She’s foolin’ around with a Pepperidge Farm guy” was USA’s delicate gloss on the line from the movie, where the “f” word was quite a bit stronger than “foolin’.”
Finally, the soundtrack spared viewers the sound effects of the scene where Sandler and the little boy pee against a wall.