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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the filming of the concert scene, Robin Williams took a break and walked into the bleachers, where he entertained the extras who gathered around him. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, when Jack and Dale are looking through the album of baby pictures, Dale says, "I want that one," and begins removing the plastic sheet covering a 5x7-ish portrait with a blue background. Jack slaps his hand and says, "You can't do that." When they turn the page, the photo has changed to a mostly red, full-page sized image. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lawrence: What do you do for a living?
Dale Putley: Uh, I teach English as a third language at the Jewish Community Center.
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Crazy Credits

Film title logo at the end of end credits See more »


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Written by Kim Shattuck
Produced by The Muffs
Performed by The Muffs
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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not just flat, but offensive

I can picture the pitch for "Fathers' Day". "See, you got Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, and this woman tells them each that they have a long-lost son who's run away, and then the wacky adventures begin!" I suppose this idea could have worked...well, I'm not sure exactly how, but it could have.

I can picture the studio executive saying, "Sure, but make sure that Robin Williams does one of those really funny montages in which he does a bunch of different characters and voices." Yes, it's here. And yes, it's grown REALLY, REALLY OLD by now. Note to studio executive: it was funny the first few times Robin Williams did this; it's not funny anymore.

What I can't picture is the thinking that went into the scene where the characters with a fear of flying (puh-leeze!) are acting foolishly on a plane, as the camera slowly pans across the row...revealing one character holding the hand of a large black man for support. See, it's supposed to be funny, right? Because large black men are really scary, and these characters are so afraid of flying that they're not afraid of this large black man, see...? Wasn't there anyone on the set to point out that this is offensive?

If you can't get enough of Robin Williams doing the same shtick over and over again, movie after movie, then rent "Fathers' Day". Otherwise...well, you don't have to rent a movie every night, do you? Read a book, weed the garden, paint the bathroom ceiling...give "Fathers' Day" a pass.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) 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:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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