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My Father The Hero [DVD] [1994]

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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Katherine Heigl, Dalton James, Lauren Hutton, Faith Prince
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Writers: Charlie Peters, Francis Veber, Gérard Lauzier
  • Producers: Edward S. Feldman, Jacques Bar, Jean-Louis Livi, Ted Swanson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MIQI0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Remake of the French comedy 'Mon Pere Ce Heros'. Andre (Gerard Depardieu) arrives from Paris in New York and whisks his daughter Nicole (Katherine Heigl) off for a holiday in a tropical idyll. Once there Andre misses his Parisian girlfriend, while Nicole is bored enough to have a fling with the local beach hunk. The problem is that she tells him that Andre is her lover, and a comedy of mistaken identity and innuendo follows.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Weston on 27 Feb. 2013
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This is a fairly true remake of the earlier French movie (of same name) which casts Gerard Depardieu (as the father) and a 15 year old Catherine Heigl (as his daughter). It is an easy view and has a few quite funny moments, perhaps the best being when Depardieu is singing and playing "Thank Heavens for Little Girls", unaware that the audience thinks he is a paedophile. This was not in the original and gives the film a little more punch in the current climate. Apart from this and the location being set in the Bahamas however, the sets and plot are close to the original film, which was set in Mauritius. I don't expect it to set your world alight but it is very easy viewing 'rom-com'/'coming of age' storyline. There is no escaping that Depardieu is a great actor and Miss Heigl shows great potential, even though she had to wear a very revealing thong-bikini. Did ordinary young ladies really wear such clothes in the 90s? The ending, where the boy gets the girl, is a little weak (a little too much 'mush') for my liking. I find it hard to believe that any self respecting lad would say such crass words, let alone a bright young girl being gullible enough to actually believe them. That criticism aside, it's an easy Sunday afternoon view, and a must for every Catherine Heigl follower. In my opinion it warrants only 6 out of 10 for quality and entertainment, and no more than that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tiggrie AKA Sarah on 24 Mar. 2007
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A likeable enough remake of a brilliant French original, but on the whole it just doesn't live up to the original French movie, "Mon Pere Ce Heros".

Depardieu is (of course!) still very funny, and has the most expressive face in movies.

The humour is there but just doesn't work so well in French and there are some cringeworthy moments.

Heigl, though just as loveable at this age as she is as an adult, also just isn't a good enough substitute for Marie Gillain.

On the whole, likeable teen movie stuff, but the original film is better by far.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Bellenes on 28 April 2004
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Ever since I first watched this movie I have rated it as one of the topfilms of all time, it is really funny, all the characters are fantasticand Depardieu is superb as the girls father. This film is certainly onefor the girls - a truly great chick flick! the love interest of course isextremely good looking and will have you working up a sweat! Hurrah for afilm which provides everything a comedy film should do, a real laugh andit should be watched over and over again.
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A father never realises that his daughter is actually growing up, a very well known situation results in funny misunderstandings and touchy emotions between a teenage girl and her dad in this movie. A must seen Depardieu movie not from the standpoint of its cinematic value but rather due to the sentimental feelings that could make you feel happy reflecting in the relations of a dad and her one and only daughter. The movie also tries to criticize some rooted moral values apperaring even at a holiday resort far away from homeland in an entertaining way. Certainly the cast is suitable for Gerard Depardieu.Enjoy watching without expecting any surprising end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 26 May 2007
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The remake of 'Mon Pere Ce Heros' catered for a Hollywood audience and is probably the better known of the two outside the French Speaking world. I prefer the original; blame it on the Mauritian bias but objectively it's true. The original is more flowing and I recommend watching it before the remake.

This was recently issued in France on DVD under the title "Mon Père Ce Héros". When I bought it, I imagined it to be a film where Gérard Depardieu takes his daughter on holiday to Mauritius ( a film which I had seen and enjoyed several years ago ). What was my surprise when they ended up in the Bahamas, and the daughter wasn't the same actress as I had seen originally. On checking, I find that this is a remake of the original film. They should have issued it on DVD under the title "My Father the Heroe" to avoid confusion with the original. Just typical ! That said, the film is very enjoyable and is a perfect copy of the original film which also stars Gérard Depardieu, hence the confusion. The problem is in France they have this terrible habit of translating titles of foreign films into French ( which serves absolutely no purpose at all ) instead of respecting the original.

One of the funniest points where Depardieu is singing and playing "Thank Heavens for Little Girls" unaware of the fact that most of the guests listening think he is a paedophile. This is not in the original film and is a plus. Apart from that, the sets and plot are a carbon copy of the film set in Mauritius.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "splodge101" on 26 April 2004
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A highly amusing character portrayal from the legendary GerardDepardieu...a witty use of dramatic irony leaves the audience feelingengaged and intrigued with the help of some very good laughs (look outparticularly for Depardieu's piano playing!).
All in all, a great filmfrom start to finish!
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By Amazon Customer on 3 Mar. 2012
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Seen this movie as a child and looked in hmv for it, nowhere had it in stock. Then found it on here for a great price :) really pleased with it. Got here fairly quick and the movie is great !!! Definately reccommend :)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2006
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The saying 'What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive', was never more true than it was in this movie. Nicole (Katherine Heigl) and her father Andre (Gerald Depardieu) gave a hilarious performance in this fantastic comedy. Andre and Nicole's mother are divorced and Andre has not seen Nicole in five years. Nicole is now 14 years old, insecure and resentful of the fact that her father has been absent for the last five years. She blames it on the fact that he has a girlfriend, Isabel in Paris and as such no longer cares about her. While on vacation with Andre in the Caribbean, Nicole meets a local boy and to impress him she tells the most outrageous lie. As the web of lies spin out of control as the story unfolds, poor Andre was treated like a 'pariah' by everyone on the Island without him knowing why. Until Nicole tells him about the lies she told and asks him to play along. This movie is simply hilarious; you will laugh from the beginning to the end. It s also a very emotional and moving comedy, as the movie explores the relationship between an estranged father and his daughter, tests their love for each other and in the experiencing they come to a better understanding and appreciation of each other. This is a beautiful, hilarious and moving comedy. I strongly recommend this DVD.
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