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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.

Director:

Rod Daniel

Writers:

Lorne Cameron (screenplay), Steve Bloom (screenplay) (as Steven L. Bloom) | 2 more credits »
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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. Larry Armbruster
Sean Astin ... Clarence / Trigger
Camille Cooper ... Lori Beaumont
Micah Grant Micah Grant ... Rick Anderson, Lori's Boyfriend
Bill Morrison Bill Morrison ... Trigger's Uncle Earl
Skeeter Vaughan Skeeter Vaughan ... Medicine Man
Larry Sellers ... Navajo Helper
Tami David Tami David ... Navajo Girl
Maxine Stuart ... Phyllis, Hammonds' Housekeeper
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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Brian Grazer, the picture worked because it is a "character comedy that examines how tough it is to be a dad and how tough it is to be a kid. Everybody relates to those things, but everyone also takes them for granted". Like Splash (1984) and Night Shift (1982), Grazer pointed out that there is a moral theme within the "fun" of the movie: "In Night Shift (1982), it was about friendship, in Splash (1984), it was about love, and in Like Father Like Son (1987), it's about compassion and understanding". 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

Trigger: The name's Trigger, as in "horse," as in "hung like."
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Soundtracks

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty
Performed by Omar & the Howlers (as Omar Dykes)
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Like Pain, Like Misery.
1 August 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Doctor Dudley Moore and his teenage son Kirk Cameron end up becoming each other in this terrible little film. A brain transference formula is the cause here. The typical misunderstandings and forced-comedic situations then occur. Moore continued to struggle with roles after his crowning achievement in "Arthur" six years earlier. Cameron, thought to be the biggest star of television's "Growing Pains", was trying to become a bankable movie star. That plan fell flat as well. 2 stars out of 5.


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