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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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The reason why some animals eat their young. 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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$28,598,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,598,376
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As a cross-promotion, Warner Brothers had Robin Williams and Billy Crystal make guest appearances in Friends (1994). See more »

Goofs

When Dale and Jack are driving slowly over the bridge, an overhead shot shows a minivan behind them in the slow lane. When the camera shot changes to inside the car, a sedan is behind them. See more »

Quotes

[Trying out different ways to greet his son]
Dale Putley: [as a hippie] Dude, I'm your old man. I suppose you're wondering why your middle name is Rainbow.
[as a thug]
Dale Putley: Yo son, what's up, homes?
[as a New Age adept]
Dale Putley: I am your father. Hug me, and let us join our spirits.
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Connections

References Apollo 13 (1995) See more »

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Nothing
Written by Kim Shattuck
Produced by The Muffs
Performed by The Muffs
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Once is Plenty!
29 March 2000 | by pettyfogSee all my reviews

I just glanced at the title in the TV listing.. and for some reason read it as "Father of the Bride".. so I taped it. When I glanced at the listing again realized I was wrong and couldn't quite place it. When I came here to look it up, I realized WHY I forgot it.. If any movie with so much comic talent was ever FORGETABLE, this is it.

Perhaps, the producers should have gone the whole nine yards and cast Whoopee Goldberg as the scheming mom.. that would have made the circle complete.. but Whoopee had already made that film - with Ted Danson. And it was a lot funnier.

TO be fair, a lot of the dissatisfaction with the film is due exactly to Billy and Robin being featured. We expect more from them and, when the writing doesn't support the capabilities of the actors, the results are exactly what we see here: Mediocre schlock.

Since Reitman was the director, that lit a (Ghostbusters) bulb; I can see Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd doing a better job with it.. or even Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis.


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