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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.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Francis Veber (film Les Compères), Lowell Ganz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Dale Putley
Billy Crystal ... Jack Lawrence
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Carrie Lawrence
Nastassja Kinski ... Collette Andrews
Charlie Hofheimer ... Scott Andrews
Bruce Greenwood ... Bob Andrews
Dennis Burkley ... Calvin the Trucker
Haylie Johnson Haylie Johnson ... Nikki Trainor
Charles Rocket ... Russ Trainor
Patti D'Arbanville ... Shirley Trainor
Jared Harris ... Lee
Louis Lombardi ... Matt
Mark McGrath ... Sugar Ray Band
Craig Bullock Craig Bullock ... Sugar Ray Band
Charles Stan Frazier Charles Stan Frazier ... Sugar Ray Band
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un papá de sobra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,776,159, 11 May 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,659,604, 20 July 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,000,000, 9 November 1997
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Williams and Billy Crystal both played mimes in previous films. Crystal in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and Williams in Shakes The Clown (1991). See more »

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Jack's martini while he's eating lunch with Colette. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lawrence: You know what? Take my car.
Dale Putley: You're giving me your car, Jack? That's so Elvis of you.
Jack Lawrence: Not to keep. To take the airport. I'll have one of my interns pick it up in the morning.
Dale Putley: You want me driving your car?
Jack Lawrence: It's just a thing. It's a priceless, irreplaceable thing.
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Remake of The ComDads (1983) See more »

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Speed Home California
Written by Sugar Ray
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Courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Underrated and often quite fun to watch...
19 August 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"Fathers' Day" seems to pride itself in its two main stars, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. This is more of a film made out of vain then for comedic purposes. It is for the crowds out there who have been waiting for Billy Crystal and Robin Williams to star together in lead roles, almost like the fans of "Freddy vs. Jason" have been waiting for their heroes to duke it out. This movie combines two big stars, and the amazing thing is that it actually gets away with it.

Yes, "Fathers' Day" isn't all that great, and no, I didn't love it, but sue me: I enjoyed it. Is it too much to ask from a comedy that it simply entertain me, give me a few laughs? Films like "The Hot Chick" can't even manage to do this, but "Fathers' Day" pulls it off. Why? Maybe because it is so fun watching Crystal and Williams interact. They bring a dead script to life. I must admit that given a better script their pairing could have made for one of the funniest films of the year, but the screenplay for this movie is dead in the water. Crystal and Williams do their best and make it amusing, but it could have been so much more. When a film resorts to showing Robin Williams doing impersonations in front of a mirror for the umpteenth time, you know that the script isn't all it could and should have been.

And this is pretty strange, because Babaloo Mandez and Lowell Ganz are usually trustworthy to deliver an amusing and hysterical script. These are the men responsible for one of my favorite comedies in recent years, "City Slickers," and their script for "Fathers' Day" just sinks to predictability, sappiness and sterotypes.

Get this: Crystal plays an ambitious lawyer who gets a call from an ex-girlfriend he went out with 17 years earlier. She tells him that her sixteen-year-old son has run away from home, that he is the father, and that he must help retrieve the boy. She gives him a photo of the boy (who looks like the typical teenage snot named Scott), and touched by her story for whatever reason he agrees to find the boy.

Problem no. 1. Crystal is a lawyer. At the end of the film, he is lied to and knows this. His wife (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) asks how he knows. He says, "I'm a lawyer, people lie to me all the time." If he is such a brilliant lawyer, why did he not look past his ex-girlfriend's little lie? Don't know, don't care - it is part of the film and what can you do?

And get this: Crystal's ex happens to be Williams' ex, too. She tells Williams the exact same story as Crystal, hoping to get at least one of them to find the boy. They both try. We know they will accidentally meet looking for him, there will be confusion, the boy will not be grateful for their helping him out until the very end, and so on and so forth.

But this movie entertained me. Crystal and Williams have good chemistry, even if a good script could have made their interaction a bit more. The jokes do fall flat at times, but the direction is nice (Ivan "Ghostbusters" Reitman), and to be honest, I had fun watching this movie. That's all I really ask for in some comedies.

(Also note a cameo by Mel Gibson, who dropped by the set during filming of "Lethal Weapon 4" at Warner Bros.!)

3/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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