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Like Father Like Son (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 2 October 1987 (USA)
A mysterious potion switches the personalities of a buttoned up doctor and his laid back son.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Jack Hammond / Chris Hammond
... Chris Hammond / Dr. Jack Hammond
... Ginnie Armbruster
... Dr. Amy Larkin
... Dr. Larry Armbruster
... Clarence / Trigger
... Lori Beaumont
Micah Grant ... Rick Anderson, Lori's Boyfriend
Bill Morrison ... Trigger's Uncle Earl
Skeeter Vaughan ... Medicine Man
... Navajo Helper
Tami David ... Navajo Girl
... Phyllis, Hammonds' Housekeeper
... Dr. Roger Hartwood
... Dr. Mike O'Donald
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Storyline

Dr. Jack Hammond has best chances to become medical superintendent in the clinic. So he's completely absorbed in his work and has no understanding for his teenage son Chris' problems with school. By accident one of them drinks a brain-exchanging serum, and it switches their identities. This leads of course to extraordinary complications in school and at work, but also to insight in the problems and feelings of each other. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Chris and his dad have accidentally changed bodies - but no big deal. Chris gets the Jag and the Gold Card. Dad gets the fake ID and the bio final.

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Comedy | Fantasy

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2 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De tal padre tal hijo  »

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Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,377,585
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1.85 : 1
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The nick-name of Clarence Culpepper (Sean Astin) was "Trigger" aka "Trigger Culpepper". See more »

Goofs

(Possibly deliberate.) The Hammonds' cat has a male name, "Seymour", but its patches of orange, black and white fur are hallmarks of a calico cat. Virtually all calico cats are female. See more »

Quotes

Ginnie Armbruster: Well, well, well, who we have here?
Dr. Jack Hammond: We have... moi. Huh, me.
Ginnie Armbruster: You know when I first saw you a moment ago, a shiver ran down through my body. Do you think you have something to warm me up?
Dr. Jack Hammond: You mean, like, hot chocolate?
Ginnie Armbruster: I was thinking of something a little more personal and a lot more private.
Dr. Jack Hammond: Private as... as in... you and me?
Ginnie Armbruster: Can't think of anyone else I'd like to invite.
Dr. Jack Hammond: Okay.
Ginnie Armbruster: Okay?
Trigger: Ahh, this place is full of nuns.
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Edited into Left Behind: Like Son (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Put Something in My Drink
Written by Richie Ramone
Performed by Ramones
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Worthless and mindless...
27 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I could fill pages on why this film is such a pathetic attempt at the "kid/parent" switch comedies of the 80's but let me just give you a quick summary.

This film completely fails to portray how people put into this situation would behave. The best (worst) example of this is the scene when Dudley Moore, playing an 18 year old in a 40 something body, is staying at home alone. He's supposed to be a senior in High School and yet when left at home for 5 minutes he behaves like a 6 year old....playing loud music and jumping on the furniture. Obviously the director just couldn't resist having Dudley Moore jump around like an idiot for a few minutes.

Had the writer and director spent 30 seconds thinking about how people might really try to act in this situation it might have been entertaining...but then again this movie was made about 5 times in the space of 18 months in the late 80's anyway so I think the best idea would have been to get an original idea and not waste everybody's time.


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