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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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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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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

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 »

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

Edited into Left Behind: Like Son (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Put Something in My Drink
Written by Richie Ramone
Performed by Ramones
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Ebert was right
18 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with Roger Ebert on a lot of this movie. First, I agree that Dudly Moore has one good scene and Kirk Cameron has none. Second, I agree that the acting of the movie characters is way off.

This is another of the body swap comedies that came out in 1987-1988. This is the worst one of them. Dudly Moore and Kirk Cameron swap bodies when Kirk's friend Sean Austin sneaks some "mind transfer" serum into Dudley's drink. Then the two of them swap minds. At first of course, they're shocked and upset. After that, the way each one of them acts in each other's body is so way off and unconvincing. And they act very annoying on top of that. And neither of them act even remotely funny and amusing except for Dudly twice at the hospital. Once when he sees a machine next to a patients bed, and once when he smokes a cigarette at the board meeting. Every, and I mean everything else from both of them was stupid. Examples include Kirk in Dudley's reaction to Dudly in Kirk driving to school. Kirk in Dudley dancing and yelling to loud music. Dudly in Kirk arrogantly patronizing his classrooms until everyone completely turned againced him. Dudly in Kirk on a date at a rock concert. Kirk in Dudley painting the town red with Sean. And Dudley's forced irritating yelling such as his singing "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" and his yelling "I wanna be a doctor! I wanna be a doctor!".

Then for the supporting characters: the high school kids (the bully, the hot girl, the other cliques that wouldn't except Kirk) were just tired retreads of other 80s high school movies. The seducing woman from the hospital was so snobby. The chief executive boss at the hospital was a one dimensional jerk. Look at all of these different things here made this film something yet to be desired.


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