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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.
I enjoy this movie, I like it even better than Vice Versa, although Leonard Maltin gave it no stars. The biggest exception I noticed about his film, is how Kirk Cameron (Chris Hammond) was only 16, and a senior in high school, 17 in the movie. When in a majority of flicks the actors that age are in the early or mid twenties and look way too old. it's what a real high school looks like, and Clarence (Sean Astin-Samwise, Lord of the Rings Trilogy) his wacky, sarcastic friend, was in this when he was fifteen or sixteen, making him look actually a little young to be a senior. He is the one responsible for the body change, snatching an ancient potion from his archaeologist uncle. Chris' dad, Jack (Dudley Moore) is a heart surgeon, on the verge of being named chief of staff. And Chris is on his biology exam not seeming to have much of a clue what he's talking about, and is an average student. But then they switch bodies and Chris is in his dad's body and his dad has to go to school cause he's in Chris' body, and is really studious in his classes, even smarter than the teachers! While Chris in his dad's body doesn't have the slightest clue what he's doing as a heart surgeon, and has no sophisticated vocabulary, and parties like a child/teenager. Chris has bully problems at school and has to face up to a huge old looking kid who says "dickhead" And the kids at school think Chris is a dork, as his father, but the interns at the hospital think he's a lot of fun, chewing gum, driving a jeep, and taking them out for pizza and beer. The chief-of-staff's wife, a good 25-years younger than him, cheats on her husband and screws around with Jack' in Chris body, which leads to catastrophe. Anyway, I really like this movie. Here are some reasons why, and also why, I think it was superior to the others and should of gotten three stars, if not more. Despite the acting and script being considered inferior, this is the only one that makes me truly "happy" when watching it, it is set in southern California where the sun is always shining during the day. Sean Astin was in this at a young age, the kid is a teenager, and not a child, so there's two girlfriends in the movie. it is priceless watching Dudley Moore party and laugh watching MTV, and dance on the kitchen table to rock and roll. It teaches something about American History and how Okay became a word, through Chris' lecture in his dad's body at school. The interns have a bawl with Jack in Chris' body after work, eating pizza and drinking, Jack, Chris and Clarence go on a little vacation to get the antidote near the end of the movie, and he and his dad, hug each other and Cameron cries on cue, before the conclusion. Am I forgetting anything?
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
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.
Someone must have thought that all this movie needed to succeed was
Kirk Cameron to pull in the teenage girls and Dudley Moore to pull in
their parents. Somehow they forgot that Kirk is incapable of pulling
off anything in the way of depth in his acting and Dudley in a role
like this would get carried away with its silliness.
The premise was old, the dialogue poor, the situations strained, and the acting cartoonish. The result is a bad movie with a fading teen heartthrob and a fifty-something actor playing his Arthur character at the age of ten. If anyone finds this in a 'sale' bin for used videos, try to bury it farther down where it can be avoided and forgotten.
Like Father Like Son was made at the height of Kirk Cameron's bubblegum
popularity as teen idol, courtesy of his television series Growing
Pains which was dominating the ratings in 1987. Cameron was just
getting into his fundamentalist religion kick so the script couldn't be
As it is it's a mildly amusing comedy of the Freaky Friday vein, only this time it's a father and son, Kirk's father in this case being Dudley Moore. Kirk's your typical teenage kid, just looking for a good time and not too serious. Moore is a very serious and respected surgeon who would like to be the new chief of staff at his hospital to replace Patrick O'Neal's whose recommendation on a replacement will probably make or break a candidate.
Kirk's got some troubles of his own in the form of shapely Camille Cooper who's hitting on him. She's the girl friend of jock Micah Grant who hates Kirk and his friend Sean Astin.
In fact Astin's archaeologist uncle is the cause of all the problems that Moore and Cameron face. The uncle Bill Morrison has come back from a dig at the Navajo reservation with a body transference medicine that Astin thinks would be worth a few laughs, even experimenting with a dog and cat on it. But when the maid thinks it's a condiment and Moore and Cameron use it on the spaghetti, strange things happen.
Each lives about 36 hours in the other's bodies and the other's lives and generally make a mess of it. If you've seen both versions of Freaky Friday you've got a general idea of what's going to happen.
The film did reasonably well at the box office though it failed to make Cameron a movie star. That didn't happen until Kirk started playing on the Christian film circuit. Moore and Cameron and Astin work well together and it's still mildly amusing.
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Im not too sure about what the last reviewer was expecting to see...Citizen Kane? This was a great lighthearted comedy from the time I was graduating high school that anyone born in the late 60s-early 70's will enjoy. You will love the cornball fashion from the big 80's as well as the big hair. I thought they put a interesting plot in the freaky Friday theme using the brain transference juice. Also, Dudley Moore did an excellent job right after the switch acting like a freaked out 17 year old in a 47 year old's body. And of course, the comedy ensues as both struggle to jump into the others life, one in high school and the other at the hospital as chief surgeon. So if you want to come home and have a drink and relax and watch a lighthearted comedy from when you were in high school and remember the old days, this is definitely the movie for you.
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At the time (1987) this film was one of a spate of body transference
films on offer. Hollywood had found a new theme to play with. If Rod
Daniel's flick is any indication, none of the projects were very
Chris (Kirk Cameron) and his doctor dad (Dudley Moore) inadvertently swap bodies after a mishap with an American Indian potion. Comedy from here on in is strictly 'fish-out-of-water', as Chris and his pa must learn to cope and adapt to the other's life.
A few of the resulting situations bring a laugh, some just a smile. Mostly however, this is your average situation comedy. Lorne Cameron's story makes that common but dreadful mistake of going for a sentimental finale, which of course falls flat on its face.
It was films like this that abruptly ended Kirk Cameron's movie career; and this is probably one of his best. Dudley Moore has been infinitely better. Miles Goodman provides a bouncy score.
Monday, February 1, 1999 - Video
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The jokes did not quite take off in the first half of the film. I was
appalled by how bad the dialogue was, and how un-funny the lines that are
supposed to be funny are. Chris' best friend is perhaps THE most annoying
person in the first half; his lines are retarded, and so is he. Chris (Kirk
Cameron) is also very annoying, and so is his dad. After they switched
brains though, the film got a whole lot better. It's a riot to see Dr.
Hammond in Chris' body going to school and being a smart ass. It's even
funnier to see Chris in his father's body going to work. This movie is
basically something to entertain you for a couple of hours. It's not
over-the-top-ly funny, and it's very stupid, but it's all in the name of
entertainment. Great acting from Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron. Can't say
much for the rest of the cast 'cause I don't really remember what the heck
they did. A rather interesting plot as well, if you're not in the mood to
To sum it up, "Like Father, Like Son" is stupid...but it's fun.
Upon watching this film in the TBS Sunday movie context, dully and without vision for the 27th time, as if by exquisite divine intervention, it came to me. This movie is quite brilliant in its stupidity. Let's look at the average B 8o's switcheroo flick as if it were a slice of swiss cheese - the holes are meant to be there. It wouldn't be the cheese without it. One may not look any further than the montage of running sneakers and joyous looks of dumb amazement coming down the stairs at you to realize that what we have here is a little slice of heaven. I also particularly like the fact that the Chief of Staff's middle-aged wife is trolling around the singles bars on Sunset Blvd by herself on a random week night - where she just happens upon Dr. Hammond and his son's friend, Trigger (as in hung like). The fact that said bar seems to consist solely of single, attractive women doesn't strike anyone odd? The brilliance here is less subdued - this is obviously how Chris Hammond SEES the bar through his inexperienced, sheltered eyes. This is yet another scene where we get to see Dudley Moore dumbfounded and looking agog. As he surveys the scene, the camera again treats us with super-fast editing so that we can see his expression not once, but several times. I could wax on and on about the adventures of the Hammond's however, I often frighten myself.
I suffered through this film in jaw dropping disbelief.
First of all, who would cast Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron in the same film? Seriously? It's like mixing oil and water and just doesn't work. Especially if your cast Kirk Cameron as Dudley Moore's son. Who thought that would be believable? Hey, let's take two of the worst actors in the world that are complete opposites and cast them as father and son.
Then, to add to the puke factor, there's the 80's hair band background music. As if Cameron as son and Moore as father wasn't enough to induce projectile vomiting they pushed it one step further with the lame soundtrack.
Then there's the story line, the script. Were they taking mind altering drugs when they wrote this? If so, it was something that caused complete stupidity.
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