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  »

Box Office


$34,377,585 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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One of five body-swap movies all released around the same time. The others were Big (1988), 18 Again! (1988), Vice Versa (1988) and Dream a Little Dream (1989). See more »


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 »


Chris Hammond: How can she stand to be so close to her own body without constantly feeling herself up?
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Remake of Freaky Friday (1976) See more »


Dance All Night
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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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