5.1/10
4,537
20 user 11 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Steven L. Bloom) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vice Versa (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Corinne Bohrer
18 Again! (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

By means of an accident the soul of David and his swinging grandfather get swapped. While the grandfather's body is still in coma, he enjoys having a young body again and repairs some facts... See full summary »

Director: Paul Flaherty
Stars: Charlie Schlatter, George Burns, Tony Roberts
Loverboy (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedence ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki
Hiding Out (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A very successful stock broker is called to court to testify against a mob boss who was into some inside trading. They hide him because of death threats. He gets caught in a gun battle and ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Giraldi
Stars: Jon Cryer, Keith Coogan, Annabeth Gish
Project X (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Air Force pilot Jimmy Garrett joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X".

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, Willie
Maid to Order (1987)
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Holden Jones
Stars: Ally Sheedy, Beverly D'Angelo, Michael Ontkean
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Sean Astin, Jonathan Ward
Arthur (1981)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Gordon
Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan
Micki + Maude (1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A bigamist must keep his wives from meeting each other, which becomes tricky when they're both pregnant.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Dudley Moore, Amy Irving, Ann Reinking
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When an average-looking teenage girl gets a makeover, it's enough to turn make her father become overprotective of her.

Director: Stan Dragoti
Stars: Tony Danza, Catherine Hicks, Wallace Shawn
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tal padre tal hijo  »

Box Office

Gross:

$34,377,585 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore play dual roles in this picture. Their principal characters are son Chris Hammond and father Jack Hammond respectively but, vice versa, they also portray each other's character, as per the age swap / body switch nature of the movie's storyline. See more »

Goofs

When Chris (Dr. Hammond) is delivering the baby, he picks it up immediately after the birth to reveal that the umbilical cord has already healed, and the baby is perfectly clean and dry. See more »

Quotes

Trigger: The name's Trigger, as in "horse," as in "hung like."
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in American Dad!: Rough Trade (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

All in the Name Of...
Written by Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx
Performed by Mötley Crüe
Courtesy of Elektra / Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You are grounded dad
9 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the late 1980s there were several body swap teen comedies that emerged in a short space of time. Tom Hanks in Big was the big one and the others were judged against it.

Like Father Like Son is a likable comedy but drastically lacks a plot, wastes some of its actors and seems to be a series of sketches.

Kirk Cameron plays a high school teenager who with the aid of a Native Indian portion mixes his mind with his brilliant surgeon father, Dudley Moore.

Now its Moore who acts as the kid and Cameron goes to school with his adult know how which irritates the other students and his best friend, Sean Astin.

They both have to get used to their new bodies, Moore has to navigate a promotion but upsets his hospital boss by siding with a colleague to offer medicine to those without insurance and fooling around with his wife.

Moore is in his element when he is having fun as a teenager and Cameron is very good as the more uptight one after the body swap, maybe he was just being himself!

Patrick O'Neal and Catherine Hicks are rather wasted in this very 1980s comedy. Its sporadically funny and mildly enjoyable.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can't remember ANYTHING about this movie, except..... cryptical17
Freaky Friday? point-seven-mm
The Soundtrack... webmaster-2223
the accent jaws655
No DVD ?? mbrown118
Similar to Teen Wolf catlovercs
Discuss Like Father Like Son (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?