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Getting Even with Dad (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Family  |  17 June 1994 (USA)
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A thief's son cons his father into spending more time with him.


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Mr. Wankmueller
Melvin Thompson ...
Armored Car Driver (as Danny Hunter)


Ray, an ex-con and widower, is planning a coin heist with two accomplices to help him to buy his own bakery. However, he doesn't expect his son Timmy, who was living with Ray's sister, to show up at the house right in the middle of planning. Timmy is ignored and Ray and his buddies pull off the heist. Timmy gets his father's attention by stealing the coins and hiding them. To get them back, his father must take him to a number of different places and treat him like he enjoys his presence. They grow fond of each other but Timmy won't stay with his dad unless he gives up the coins. Written by <>

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coin | ex con | bakery | basketball | con | See All (18) »


...He's not getting mad, he's Getting Even With Dad. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Family

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acertando as Contas com Papai  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$18,438,164 (USA)

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Macaulay Culkin was given time to let his hair grow out in order to play Timmy Gleason. But as soon as filming was done, Culkin wasted no time in getting his hair cut back to the way it was. See more »


When Timmy Gleason is in the backseat of the convertible, the viewfinder on his camera changes positions between shots. See more »


Timmy: [finds a bra on the car seat and holds it up] Is this one of yours? Ooh la la!
Ray Gleason: [sarcastically] That's very funny.
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References Rocky and His Friends (1959) See more »


Do You Love Me?
Written by Berry Gordy
Performed by The Contours
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Motown Record Company L.P.
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Mediocre movie
27 December 2009 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

'Getting even with dad' is one of the last films staring Macaulay Culkin before he disappeared from the world of cinema for many years.

Here, Macaulay Culkin was in his early adolescence but didn't look much different than in previous films, except for the long hair. He actually looked great with that long hair.

Despite having, in my opinion, the most famous scream in film history, here Mac never screams. But he shows his beautiful smile as in other films. He could have had future as an actor, if his personal life hadn't become the mess it was.

The movie is by no means a copy of 'Home Alone' but some of its ideas have a certain similarity to those films - mostly the fact that Macaulay Culkin plays a character who outsmarts the crooks (in this case 3 instead of 2).

This is not a bad film but it's nothing great either. It's mediocre. It's only *really* worth for Macaulay Culkin. In fact, I only recommend it to fans of Macaulay Culkin. Mac, as usual, is great, but aside him no one else has particularly good actings in this film.

As for the crooks, Bobby is the worst of the three. He is way more aggressive than the others - and he has a sick sense of humor, such as when he grabs a rat. Carl is harmless comparing to the others - he's more of a poor devil than anything else and, unlike Bobby, he hesitates before doing anything and seems to redeem himself at the end.

Despite being a relatively poor film, it has its good moments, such as Mac dancing at the sound of the great song 'Do you love me?' (from the movie 'Dirty Dancing'). Also, being a car lover, I've gotta say this: I love that car which Mac has a ride in the beginning - a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. That is one heck of a car!

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