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Fathers' Day (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 9 May 1997 (USA)
A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.

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Jack Lawrence is a smart aleck lawyer who is one day visited by an ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid was his. Enter Dale Putley, a depressed goofball who is also a writer, meets with the same ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid is his. One day Jack and Dale meet and discover what had happened: they've been told the same story and now there's a question of who the real father is. They learn their son is following a rock band called Sugar Ray around. So Jack and Dale hit the road to Sacramento and find their drunk, love-struck son. Soon after they bring him back to their hotel room, their son escapes and Jack and Dale must use teamwork to find him again, bring him home, and find out which one of them is the real father. Written by Dylan Self <Robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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The reason why some animals eat their young. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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9 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,776,159 (USA) (9 May 1997)

Gross:

$28,659,604 (USA) (18 July 1997)
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Trivia

The concert was filmed at a park in Los Angeles. The scene took three days to film and involved playing the same song over and over for all three days. To show the energy of the crowd the extras had to cheer and "rock" to the music. On the first day everyone was up, yelling, jumping and punching their fists in the air, but by day three most were too tired to even lift their arms and many just remained seated. See more »

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Towards the end, when Jack and Dale are looking through the album of baby pictures, Dale says, "I want that one," and begins removing the plastic sheet covering a 5x7-ish portrait with a blue background. Jack slaps his hand and says, "You can't do that." When they turn the page, the photo has changed to a mostly red, full-page sized image. See more »

Quotes

[Trying out different ways to greet his son]
Dale Putley: [as a hippie] Dude, I'm your old man. I suppose you're wondering why your middle name is Rainbow.
[as a thug]
Dale Putley: Yo son, what's up, homes?
[as a New Age adept]
Dale Putley: I am your father. Hug me, and let us join our spirits.
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References Apollo 13 (1995) See more »

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The World Tonight
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
Courtesy of MPL Communications
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Sure it could've been better, but it's still an enjoyable film
6 December 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

When you put together the talents of Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, you bet your life people are gonna expect big things. I myself expected big things. The movie doesn't deliver on all levels. There are some badly written gags and lame dialogue ("He's having some problems with his testicles"). But throughout 80 % of the movie I was entertained and got a fair share of laughs. Naturally, Billy and Robin have incredible chemistry and I'm sure a lot of their stuff was ad-libbed. They just could've used a better script. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel wrote the great comedy "Mr. Saturday Night," so I did expect better from them. The two guys don't always seem secure with the material, and rightfully so, like with that lame running gag about "the whirl."

Nevertheless, "Fathers' Day" is a delightful comedy and it definitely has its moments. Some won't be as satisfied as others, but I myself was satisfied.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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