Fathers' Day

"Good"

Fathers' Day Review


What are the odds that the two would-be fathers of one woman's son would be two of the biggest comedians of the screen today!? Well, they're fair enough if you see Father's Day, yet another Ivan Reitman (Beethoven, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, et. al.) film that is so disgustingly sweet you'll want to spit out your jujubes. Billy Crystal and Robin Williams play the titular fathers, out to rescue the missing son they never knew they had. (Plot Simplified: Nastassja Kinski was a stonkingly huge slut and doesn't know who daddy is.)

For all its saccharine heavy-handedness, Father's Day does manage to come across as one of Reitman's better efforts in recent years, but the by-the-Hollywood-book formula, structure, and pacing really bog down the production. There's plenty of missed comic opportunities, but plenty that hit dead-on -- especially a notable, heavily-pierced cameo (watch for it!). And yes, the estranged son looks exactly like me. A 1/4 star bonus for that.

And yes, I'm sick of writing mediocre reviews, too.

"Luke, I am your father..."

At no time during the film, does Julia Louis-Dreyfus sweat like this.



Fathers' Day

Facts and Figures

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th May 1997

Budget: $85M

Distributed by: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES

Production compaines: Warner Bros., Silver Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Fresh: 15 Rotten: 44

IMDB: 5.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Dale Putley, as Jack Lawrence, as Carrie Lawrence, as Collette Andrews

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