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Like Father Like Son (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 2 October 1987 (USA)
A mysterious potion switches the personalities of a buttoned up doctor and his laid back son.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ginnie Armbruster
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Dr. Amy Larkin
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Dr. Larry Armbruster
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Clarence / Trigger
Camille Cooper ...
Lori Beaumont
Micah Grant ...
Rick Anderson, Lori's Boyfriend
Bill Morrison ...
Trigger's Uncle Earl
Skeeter Vaughan ...
Medicine Man
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Navajo Helper
Tami David ...
Navajo Girl
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Phyllis, Hammonds' Housekeeper
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Dr. Roger Hartwood
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Dr. Mike O'Donald
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Storyline

Dr. Jack Hammond has best chances to become medical superintendent in the clinic. So he's completely absorbed in his work and has no understanding for his teenage son Chris' problems with school. By accident one of them drinks a brain-exchanging serum, and it switches their identities. This leads of course to extraordinary complications in school and at work, but also to insight in the problems and feelings of each other. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Chris and his dad have accidentally changed bodies - but no big deal. Chris gets the Jag and the Gold Card. Dad gets the fake ID and the bio final.

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Comedy | Fantasy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tal padre tal hijo  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$34,377,585 (USA)
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Reaffirming his casting choices of Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron, producer Brian Grazer said: "I absolutely envisioned Dudley as Dr. Jack Hammond. He's a unique personality in that he's an adult and a child at the same time. And that's what is great about Dudley as an actor, he has so much youth, mischievousness, and boyishness about him, that he was simply the perfect guy for this part". Grzaer added: "As far as Kirk's role, we were looking for a really good young actor that could do comedy. There aren't many of them and Kirk was both a natural and an Ideal choice". See more »

Goofs

Multiple members of the crew are reflected off the glazed pictures on the wall when the cleaning lady comes to tell Dudley Moore he is going out for groceries. See more »

Quotes

Trigger: The name's Trigger, as in "horse," as in "hung like."
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Soundtracks

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty
Performed by Omar & the Howlers (as Omar Dykes)
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A very underrated comedy
28 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I personally liked this film and really compare it to a similar comedy I enjoyed called "Vice Versa" where father and son exchanged places to create a very similar scenario.

There was a lot to like about this movie and think the ratings overall for whomever saw this movie were disappointing to me but this is life.

I gave this 8 out of 10 stars and deserving. The acting was pretty good for this type of comedy where Daddy is a doctor and his son has to take on his role as they exchange places for a day or so.

Dudley Moore as a doctor is very humorous and his son trying to take on his normal roles as doctor is hilarious.

I really like these kinds of comedies and hope to see more similar in the future. Dudley really didn't act in a whole lot of movies I really enjoyed but this is one of them. Give it a try...think anybody who hasn't seen this movie will surprisingly like it despite ratings:)


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