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


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.


Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tal padre tal hijo  »

Box Office


$34,377,585 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Rod Daniel and producers David Valdes and Brian Grazer pointed to the benefits of teamwork in accomplishing the feat of turning around the production of a movie from conception to release within a year. In fact, Like Father Like Son (1987) started as a movie high concept late 1986 and wrapped principal photography on 20th May 1987 with some additional photography required for filming some additional scenes in late June 1987. The picture premiered on 2nd October 1987 less than a year after it was first discussed in studio meetings during November 1986. See more »


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 »


Chris Hammond: How can she stand to be so close to her own body without constantly feeling herself up?
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Edited into Left Behind: Like Son (2013) See more »


She Never Looked That Good For Me
Performed by Autograph
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The worst of the body switch genre
1 February 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I think I have seen every example of the "body switch" genre, at least all of those that have been made in the past 40 years or so, and "Like Father Like Son" is the worst of them. The first 20 minutes or so are painless mediocrity, but then soon after the movie collapses. What's the problem? I think the main problem is that the characters are stupid. If I was in their situation, I know I would be terrified and trying my best to not raise suspicion. If the movie had done that, it could have been funny seeing these people trying to do their best but making mistakes. But the movie's two main characters seem to be trying their best to blow the charade - not realistic. And the movie's sense of humor is really bad - we have such stuff as audiences falling asleep during lectures, a gag that's done TWICE. If you want to see a good example of this genre, see "Freaky Friday" (the original or the remake) or "Vice Versa".

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