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Like Father Like Son -- Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron shake up the family tree in this hilarious role reversal comedy.


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Release Date:
2 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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.
A mysterious potion switches the personalities of a buttoned up doctor and his laid back son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dudley Moore ... Dr. Jack Hammond / Chris Hammond

Kirk Cameron ... Chris Hammond / Dr. Jack Hammond

Margaret Colin ... Ginnie Armbruster

Catherine Hicks ... Dr. Amy Larkin

Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Larry Armbruster

Sean Astin ... Clarence / Trigger
Camille Cooper ... Lori Beaumont
Micah Grant ... Rick Anderson, Lori's Boyfriend
Bill Morrison ... Trigger's Uncle Earl
Skeeter Vaughan ... Medicine Man

Larry Sellers ... Navajo Helper
Tami David ... Navajo Girl

Maxine Stuart ... Phyllis, Hammonds' Housekeeper

David Wohl ... Dr. Roger Hartwood
Michael Horton ... Dr. Mike O'Donald

Randy Lowell ... Dr. Spellner (as Randolph Dreyfuss)
Art Frankel ... Mr. Racine, Heart Patient

Christine Healy ... Hospital Administrator
Mary Jane Courier ... Operating Nurse
Debbie Zipp ... Nurse with Dying Patient
Teresa Bowman ... Nurse with Heart Patient

Brian Peck ... Intern with Heart Patient
Carol Swarbrick ... Norma, Hospital Secretary
Kedric Wolfe ... Sidney, Board Member
Robert Balderson ... Hal Gilden, Board Member

Dakin Matthews ... Old Man Morrison
Les Lannom ... Coach Ellis
Lorna Hill ... Mrs. Davis
John Stinson ... Math Teacher

Billy Stevenson ... Biology Student (as Bill Stevenson)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... Janice Stenfield, College Interviewer
Jamison Selby ... Rick's Friend (as Todd Selby)
Lloyd Nelson ... Teacher in Hall
John Tokatlian ... Student
Mark McCannon ... Student
Jan Duncan ... Student

Armin Shimerman ... Trigger's Dad
Kitty Swink ... Trigger's Mom

Lisa Robins ... Bartender
Richard Gonzales ... Paperboy (as Richard Gilberts)

James Lashly ... Freemont, Corky's Man
Corki Grazer ... Corky, Woman in Labor

Nancy Lenehan ... Waitress in Desert Diner
Edwin Brecht ... Newborn in Desert Diner
Johnathan Brecht ... Newborn in Desert Diner
Steve Plunkett ... Rock Concert Band Autograph
Randy Rand ... Rock Concert Band Autograph
Steve Lynch ... Rock Concert Band Autograph
Keni E. Richards ... Rock Concert Band Autograph
Steve Isham ... Rock Concert Band Autograph
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Autograph ... Themselves

Chera Bashor ... Hallway Nurse (uncredited)

Bonnie Bedelia ... Lady with Gum in Hair (uncredited)
Chris Robinson ... Bobby (uncredited)

Jack Starrett ... Coach Jennings (uncredited)
Carol Stoddard ... Emergency Room Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Rod Daniel 
Writing credits
Lorne Cameron (screenplay) and
Steve Bloom (screenplay) (as Steven L. Bloom)

Lorne Cameron (story)

David Hoselton 

Produced by
Brian Grazer .... producer
David Valdes .... producer
Original Music by
Miles Goodman 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lois Freeman-Fox 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
Set Decoration by
John T. Walker 
Costume Design by
Robert Turturice 
Production Management
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Kolsrud .... assistant director
Art Department
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator
David Goldstein .... location lead painter
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser
Kurt V. Hulett .... set dresser
Sound Department
Stuart Ablaza .... assistant adr editor
Petra Bach .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... sound recordist
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Hamilton Sterling .... sound editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Rocky Gehr .... special effects technician
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
Richard Drown .... stunts
Alexandra Kenworthy .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Pat Romano .... stunts
Nigel Stern .... stunts
Mike Tillman .... stunts (as Michael Tillman)
Jimmy Romano .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Tillman .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter N. Green .... camera intern
Lowell Peterson .... camera operator
Bruce D. Spellman .... best boy
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor: men
Editorial Department
Mallory Gottlieb .... associate editor
Richard Leeman .... first assistant film editor
Marilyn Madderom .... additional editor
Lucas Reiner .... apprentice film editor
Nicole Shugrue .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Travis McGehee .... music video
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Transportation Department
Shane Greedy .... production van driver
Craig Lietzke .... driver
Other crew
James Deeth .... helicopter pilot
Debra Ginsberg .... production secretary
Lynette Katselas .... dialogue coach
David R. Lawson .... medic
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Greg Knapp .... medic (uncredited)

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96 min | UK:100 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: (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 »
Trigger:The name's Trigger, as in "horse," as in "hung like."See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Generic body switch formula., 25 April 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

Like Father, Like Son is probably most appealing to 80s fans, presenting typical teen genre conflicts as well as 80s teen stars, Kirk Cameron and Sean Astin. Young kids might appreciate it simply for the story (despite it's lack of novelty) of a teenager getting all the priveleges of being an adult, while only having to change appearance and not attitude. The decade however, offering a nauseating selection of role switching comedies and parodies, may have the rest of us looking to avoid this repetition and searching for something else on the shelves.

Chris Hammond (Kirk Cameron) is a high school senior. He's an average student, a decent track team participant, and likes a girl at school who happens to be dating a psychotic jock bully. And, his dad, Jack (Dudley Moore) is breathing down his neck to get him an ivy league school to study pre-med, leaving Chris secretly wanting to tell his dad to just let him make his own decisions about what he wants to do.

Chris's buddy, Trigger (Sean Astin), has a wacky uncle who's staying with him. He lived in the desert for awhile, experimenting with body-switching potions. Trigger gets a hold of the brain transference serum and it switches Chris and Jack's brains so that Chris is Jack and Jack is Chris. There's a mistake here, in that their accents should've switched as well, since when Trigger tried it on the cat and dog, the cat barked at the dog and the dog meowed at the cat.

But, it makes for a whole lot of trouble. The incredibly boring and sometimes big-shot Dr. Hammond has to settle on being a teenager awhile. And Chris has to settle for being Dr. Hammond, both without screwing things up. For Dr. Hammond, he hopes to get the ordeal with over quickly; but for Chris, there's advantages to not having to show up for school, take tests, and the like. But, they each grow quite irritable of the situation as they tend to screw up each other's lives. Dr. Hammond has a few nasty run-ins with the bully as Chris. And Chris, involved in an affair with the boss's wife, not only sets the living room on fire, but also risks his father's chances of becoming chief of staff.

I still think it's a fun movie for kids and probably teenagers. Safe family fun for the most part anyways due to lack of sex, violence, and for the most part, language. However, Kirk Cameron did tend to get quite annoying at parts as the whiny teenager. Actually, Trigger was one of the best characters in the movie as a sort of slacker friend of Chris, except he's not in the movie all that much. I did like Chris as Dr. Hammond during the hospital scenes, when he had to take his med students on rounds, and didn't know what the heck he was doing. It has it's moments.

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