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My Father the Hero (1994)

A teenage girl on vacation in the Bahamas with her divorced father tries to impress a potential boyfriend by saying that her father is actually her lover.



(screenplay "Mon père, ce héros"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manny Jacobs ...
Jeffrey Chea ...
Pablo / 'The Baha Men' Band Member
Stephen Burrows ...
Mike Robinson ...
Robert Miner ...
Mr. Porter
Betty Miner ...
Mrs. Porter


Andre, a Frenchman divorced from his American wife takes his teenage daughter, Nicole, on vacation with him. She's desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy, she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with Andre being her lover. Andre is desperate to make Nicole happy and so plays along with her crazy games, and the stories they make up get increasingly bizzare. Written by Rob Hartill

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Fathers have just one problem with raising their daughters. They grow up!


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and elements of sensuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apám, a hős  »

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1.85 : 1
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Katherine Heigl says she is mortified about the white thonged swimsuit, and has said had she known then what she knows now, she would have refused to wear it. See more »


When the father is waiting up for Nicole, he sees her walking towards the house. He runs to the couch to pretend he was already asleep. When he kicks off his shoes, one lands on the floor by the couch while the other appears to bounce off the table onto the floor on the far side of the table. We see Nicole walk in. Then when we see the father again, the straps of one of his shoes can be seen on the table by the ashtray. See more »


Nicole: You know, one these days I'm leaving and I'm never coming back.
Megan: Fine. Go live with you father.
Nicole: Oh, you're such a bitch.
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References Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) See more »


Written by Fred Ferguson, Steve Greenberg, Curtis Jones, Herschel Small and Kendal Stubbs
Performed by The Baha Men
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. / Big Beat Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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being cool,a lesson learned the hard and funny way
17 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a funny comedy about a father and daughter vacationing at some tropical island,where the daughter falls for some boy and trying to pass for what she thinks is "cool",she makes up a preposterous story about her father. I read some of the negative comments,i think those people didn't get the main point of this movie,that exactly because the lie is so preposterous,all the situations are so funny. Besides the funny situations ,the movie has a few nice points to make,that young people often lie to appear "cool" but the only cool thing of course is to be who you are.Then,also it makes a nice point even though its exaggerated of course,what hardships good parents have to go through for their children's happiness.Also,that parents ,sometimes can also learn from their kids about their own life. Depardieu is great in this,and Heigl is also good.i don't agree that there is a huge difference between this version and the French one. In the French one,Depardieu has naturally some more facility with the language but he does a good job in English,also the American version has better production values than the french one and has some extra jokes about what Americans think about the French stereotype,which are funny and don't exist in the French version.

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