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Fathers' Day (1997)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  9 May 1997 (USA)
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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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One kid. Two dads. A who done it. 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:

Un papá de sobra  »

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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Some of Crystal and Williams' character dynamics were inspired by their HBO Comic Relief performances (with Whoopi Goldberg) of the late 1980s. 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 »

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Dale Putley: [Rehearsing his introduction to Scott] You know, Scott, when I was your age I was pulling on myself harder than a tractor pulling Arkansas.
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Put on a Happy Face
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Should have been a lot better....
29 November 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

You would expect that when the comic talents of Robin Williams and Billy Crystal are combined the results would be fairly amusing...unfortunately they are not. This is another failed attempt by Hollywood to Americanize a French movie which is everything that this film is not. One of the biggest problems with this film is that the boy is so unlikeable - probably a fault of both the script and the actor. You can't believe that anyone would care that this little idiot ran away from home, and that two people were desperate enough to be his father to chase after him. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss & Nastassja Kinski have very little to do in their respective roles, especially Kinski, whose role is more of a cameo than a role of any substance. The entire setting and story behind the boys disappearance is ridiculous, as is the sub-plot involving Kinski's husband trying to find the boy as well. The leads are just not up to scratch compared to their usual comic abilities. A real let down, and a total waste of time.


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