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Fathers' Day [DVD] [1997]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2000
After a long opening-credit sequence featuring a new, sugary-sweet Paul McCartney song, a grief-stricken mother (Nastassja Kinski) approaches an all-business trial lawyer, Jack (Crystal), claiming that he is the father of her runaway teen (Charley Hofheimer), and has the responsibility of finding him. When Jack initially balks, she tries the same line on the suicidal Dale (Williams), a failed performance artist who gets a new lease on life when he hears the news. Eventually, Jack comes around, and soon both potential daddies are in hot pursuit of the wannabe delinquent who's following a rock band from San Francisco to Sacramento and Reno. Joining the mad chase are a couple of scummy drug dealers, Jack's wife (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and the man who raised the kid (Bruce Greenwood), who is desperate to make good with his son (you see, he thinks he's the father, too). If this all sounds vaguely familiar, it could be that you've seen the original, the vastly superior French farce Les Compères, which starred Pierre Richard and Gerard Depardieu. Or maybe you've caught a few reruns of My Two Dads. Frankly, most of the humor in Fathers' Day seems recycled, because it is. And even if you haven't seen jokes about guys in Armani suits at a punk-rock show before, it feels like you have. With their comic material lacking, the two leads show a command of the more serious, emotional aspects of their characters--as evidenced by the countless good-bye sequences, in which they both make their newfound hope palpable, despite some shoddy dialogue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2010
this is a story of two men (played by Robin Williams and Billy Crystal)17 years ago both men were involved with the same woman, she later had a son, without being sure who was the father.she chose to raise the boy on her own, but when the boy runs away from home and she can't track him down, she calls both the men looking for help. It doesn't take long for the two men to discover that they're both looking for the same boy in the same places, and they decide to join forces.

as i have said before i am a big fan of Robin Williams, what you probably don't know is that i'm a pretty big admirer of Ivan Reitmans work as well. i think the director has such a gift of turning slightly unbelievable scripts into completely human and believable films.

fathers day is no exception really, apart from its just a little to "normal" for Reitman. i think Reitman works best in the fantasy and absurd (ghostbusters, junior). so on a whole this film ends up being a bit to 'eh'. a bit TOO human, if you will.

Billy Crystal only emphasises this with his character, he plays the straight man to Robin Williams' character. but he plays the part just to normal, he isn't the opposite to williams' character, he is just 'eh'. what i would have loved to see here is more of the type of character that robert downey junior plays in the recent release "due date"

Robin Williams really shines in this film, and if it weren't for him this film would have gone down in score from 'eh' to damn right boring.

the dvd has a few features, all text based, nothing mind blowing really.

this film is ok, but to be honest if you have already seen a run of the mill "buddy/ opposites attract/ family comedy" then i wouldn't bother, although if you are a fan of robin williams this film is worth a look, because he shines like a diamond in a pile of the preverbal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
After Scott has a fight with his father and runs away, his father refuses to go after him.

His mother, Collette, then goes to one of her former boyfriends, Jack, a lawyer, and tells him that he's her son's real father.

Jack initially refuses. So she goes to another boyfriend, Dale, who goes off looking for Scott. Eventually the two men meet and realise that they are looking for the same boy and that Collette told them they are the boy's father.

What follows is a desperate search and chase, because the boy doesn't want to go back....

On paper this must have sounded brilliant. Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Ivan Reitman. Three names that should give you comfort and confident when you know they are going to make a film together.

So its a remake of a movie, The Birdcage was okay, but there is something really rotten about this movie.

Williams and Crystal are as good as always, but the humour in this is just cringe worthy. Usually when you see Williams dress up and pretend, it'd be a hoot, but here, you end up feeling sorry for him.

Crystal is just too violent, and here's the fundamental flaw with the film, its just too violent and dark. It should have been a family friendly movie, but the spate of innuendo, drug references, and unlikable characters, really make you dislike the film.

Make it a little more slapstick, take out the vomiting, and drug lords, it would have been a winner, but its just forgettable and a dud in both stars CVs.

But it has a cool Mel Gibson cameo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2011
I watched this film properly yesterday and laughed so much, this film as everything in a comedy that you could want. Father's Day reminds me of National Lampoon's Vacation, This film is very underrated and I have no idea why? It's brilliant. Robin Williams is a comedy genius, I give Father's Day 10/10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2003
Just about to watch it again, normally I don't like Billy Crystal but I think he shines in this film. Robin Williams fantastic as always. Script may be lacking in places but it is bound to make you laugh a few times, all you want in a light hearted comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When Scott (Charlie Hofheimer) goes missing, his mother (Nastassja Kinski) informs two of her former lovers that he could be their son. Jack (Billy Crystal) is a lawyer and is skeptical but when his business takes him to San Francisco, he looks for Scott, only to run into the extremely neurotic Dale (Robin Williams) who believes Scott is also his son.

Robin's neurotic character allows him to go through his various character routine which made him a star in the 80's. Together with Crystal they make for a pretty good film comedy duo. The plot was fairly stale and only the strength of Williams and Crystal pulled this thing through. 3 1/2 stars.

PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bomb, sex, or nudity. Some minor sex talk. A soft PG-13 rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2011
I love this film as I'm a huge fan of both Robin Williams and Billy Crystal and they were both brilliant in this film! You just want to see more and more of them. I highly recommend this film if you want a good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2015
This is so funny. Robin Williams is amazing in this film. It's a light-hearted comedy suitable for family viewing, should make a very nice end of the day, especially if your day wasn't that great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2011
this movie is funny from start too end, i love robin and billy together. i grew up in australia watching it. i now live in uk and finally found it after 13 years
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on 30 September 2014
Father's Day is a decent film with a few cameo appearances from Hollywood personalities. Sugar Ray plays several songs and Mel Gibson is a body piercer. Two men find each other as they search for a young boy who might be either of their sons. The son ends up getting in trouble as he follows Sugar Ray around to different cities and is saved from his problems by Dale (Billy Crystal) and Jack (Robin Williams).

It's isn't the best film that Billy or Robin star in but the two together make a very ordinary film fairly entertaining.
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