Does the name of Ted Danson ring any bell? Well, after "Damages" it probably does. However, when this film was made Ted was the "star" of some early 1980s soap opera who wanted to become a real actor. Unfortunately, his choice for the path to stardom was this movie made of William Wharton's "Dad". The story had to be refashioned to be more glitzy - a painter became a businessman, California became Florida etc. The result is rather grim and, if you haven't read the novel, it may be difficult to follow. The original story is sad but moving - the book is saturated with nostalgia for what the heroes missed in life or realized too late to enjoy fully - the film is so so with a clear tendency towards a tear-jerker.
And there is one moderately funny bit to it - through the film Jack Lemmon and Olympia Dukakis look as if they both wanted to ask one and the same question - What am I doing in this movie??? Why am I here at all? Although they are doing their best it is not enough to save the movie and Ethan Hawke is too young to make a difference. Well, as you probably noticed, it has never been published on the European market so I am not the only one to have such a critical opinion.