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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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Rod Daniel

Writers:

Lorne Cameron (story by), Lorne Cameron (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Dr. Jack Hammond / Chris Hammond
Kirk Cameron ... Chris Hammond / Dr. Jack Hammond
Margaret Colin ... Ginnie Armbruster
Catherine Hicks ... Dr. Amy Larkin
Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Armbruster
Sean Astin ... Trigger
Camille Cooper ... Lori Beaumont
Micah Grant Micah Grant ... Rick Anderson
Bill Morrison Bill Morrison ... Uncle Earl
Skeeter Vaughan Skeeter Vaughan ... Medicine Man
Larry Sellers ... Navajo Helper
Tami David Tami David ... Navajo Girl
Maxine Stuart ... Phyllis
David Wohl ... Dr. Roger Hartwood
Michael Horton ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De tal padre tal hijo See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,377,585
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for his role in the film, actor Kirk Cameron, who at the time portrayed Mike Seaver on the hit television series Growing Pains (1985), became a people watcher. Cameron explained: "I spent a good deal of time watching older people. I was looking for any differences between a middle-aged guy and a kid . . . in the ways they move or how they walk or how they talk. And what I found was that older people are much more controlled, not as flippant as kids". See more »

Goofs

Multiple members of the crew are reflected off the glazed pictures on the wall when the cleaning lady comes to tell Dudley Moore he is going out for groceries. See more »

Quotes

Chris Hammond: How can she stand to be so close to her own body without constantly feeling herself up?
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Connections

Referenced in Motormouth: Episode #4.8 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

She Never Looked That Good For Me
Performed by Autograph
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Stupid funny! I love it!
20 May 2005 | by XaporaSee all my reviews

Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I think this movie's great. There's lots of hilarious (and clean) sight gags, slapstick and laugh-out-loud situations.

Dudley Moore, obviously the far more superior comedian, is fantastic as a teenager stuck in an adult's body. He has many funny scenes and milks them for all they're worth, my favourite being the chewing gum/cigarette incident. The looks on his co-stars' faces is priceless. Watch also for Moore's date with Margaret Colin (that goes really badly) and when he does the rounds at the hospital.

Unfortunately, there are a few flaws. There's a bit of swearing and sexual reference (which would make it an otherwise very suitable film for kids). It wastes the talent of Catherine Hicks in a surprisingly pointless and unnecessary role and Sean Astin is super-annoying (as always) as the "wacky" best friend/sidekick. The film also resorts to schmaltz at the end when it goes for a warm and fuzzy finale.

Otherwise, a great film that's lots and lots of fun. Funky soundtrack and wonderful flashback to the delightfully tacky fashions and hairstyles of the '80s.


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