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Like Father Like Son (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  2 October 1987 (USA)
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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
Michael Horton ...
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 <>

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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  »

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$34,377,585 (USA)

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Jack's alma mater is Oxford, which was Dudley Moore's alma mater in real life. See more »


(Possibly deliberate.) The Hammonds' cat has a male name, "Seymour", but its patches of orange, black and white fur are hallmarks of a calico cat. Virtually all calico cats are female. See more »


Ginnie Armbruster: Well, well, well, who we have here?
Dr. Jack Hammond: We have... moi. Huh, me.
Ginnie Armbruster: You know when I first saw you a moment ago, a shiver ran down through my body. Do you think you have something to warm me up?
Dr. Jack Hammond: You mean, like, hot chocolate?
Ginnie Armbruster: I was thinking of something a little more personal and a lot more private.
Dr. Jack Hammond: Private as... as in... you and me?
Ginnie Armbruster: Can't think of anyone else I'd like to invite.
Dr. Jack Hammond: Okay.
Ginnie Armbruster: Okay?
Trigger: Ahh, this place is full of nuns.
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Referenced in Coach: Like Father, Like Daughter (1994) See more »


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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.

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