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Fathers' Day (1997)

PG-13  |   |  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 <>

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One kid. Two dads. A who done it. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un papá de sobra  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two 1997 films to star Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the other being Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997). See more »


When Dale and Jack are looking through the picture album, Dale starts to take a picture out of the book that's mostly dark (dark blue and gray) and Dale tells him not to. When they turn the page, that picture is mostly red. See more »


Jack Lawrence: This kid is a major pain in the ass, he's so damn annoying.
Carrie: You don't like anything that's annoying.
Jack Lawrence: Who does?
Carrie: [serious] No, I mean that's a special thing for you.
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Featured in HBO First Look: Father's Day (1997) See more »


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Written and Performed by Sugar Ray
Produced by McG
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I simply don't care! I liked it!
19 January 2003 | by (Shropshire, England) – See all my reviews

There are times when the critics crucify a movie and those who star in it, with no justification. I ignore critics completely because I know what I like. I find it particularly offensive when unjust criticism is levelled at young performers at the start of a career. For this reason I shall begin by mentioning Charlie Hofheimer's role in the film. This was his biggest part to date and brother it must have been hard. He had to play a straight role with no comic lines between the two old hands, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal who obviously ad-libbed from beginning to end. It is of enormous credit to him that he managed to keep a straight face at all. His character was a spoiled teenager who was at various times in love, in a drunken stupor, on the run from criminals and suddenly confused about who his father was. I fail to see how he could have carried this part off better than he did. Add to this the fact that at 15/16 Charlie was undoubtedly one of the most handsome young men in America.

Williams with his extravagant style and Crystal with the more subtle approach provided the perfect foil for each other. So the comedy flowed. Nor did all of the best comic moments happen when these two were involved. The third father's rescue mission was hilarious.

There was also a fair amount of pathos running through the film which made it into just the kind of happy/ sad mixture that I love.This was no Oscar nomination, but good, clean, harmless fun. Enjoy!

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