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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

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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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2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tal padre tal hijo  »

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$34,377,585 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer David Valdes paralleled the role switching premise of two of the film's lead personnel: Valdes explained: "Rod has produced television and I have directed, so we have both worn each other's hats. Having our respective past experiences was conducive to a good working relationship. I like to surround a good director and a good script with good technicians". See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Trigger: [Finding out that Jack and Chris have switched places] I do *not* fucking believe this!
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Like Mother, Like Daughter (2001) 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
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Stupid funny! I love it!
20 May 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I think this movie's great. There's lots of hilarious (and clean) sight gags, slapstick and laugh-out-loud situations.

Dudley Moore, obviously the far more superior comedian, is fantastic as a teenager stuck in an adult's body. He has many funny scenes and milks them for all they're worth, my favourite being the chewing gum/cigarette incident. The looks on his co-stars' faces is priceless. Watch also for Moore's date with Margaret Colin (that goes really badly) and when he does the rounds at the hospital.

Unfortunately, there are a few flaws. There's a bit of swearing and sexual reference (which would make it an otherwise very suitable film for kids). It wastes the talent of Catherine Hicks in a surprisingly pointless and unnecessary role and Sean Astin is super-annoying (as always) as the "wacky" best friend/sidekick. The film also resorts to schmaltz at the end when it goes for a warm and fuzzy finale.

Otherwise, a great film that's lots and lots of fun. Funky soundtrack and wonderful flashback to the delightfully tacky fashions and hairstyles of the '80s.


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