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An excellent come back for Williams
on 31 March 2011
My Thoughts: Both Travolta and Williams have been slightly out of the film circuit for a while as they dealt with their own tragedies (Travolta over the death of his son and Williams with his health scare). Surprisingly this film was filled quite a few years ago and releases were delayed explaining why Bernie Mac appears in this film long after his demise (although it was nice to see him again).
I do have to admit that Williams has somewhat withered a little, and you can sense watching this film that he is not quite at ease with himself in this role. Still, this aside, he still pulls off some very touching, and at the same time humourous scenes without the usual zany antics that have put so many people off from watching his movies. Travolta's part here is also somewhat out of depth but at the same time, his comedic performance was incredible and there was some chemistry that worked with Williams quite well.
The story itself is charming, not completely original (think Mrs. Doubtfire without the drag) but there is some truly funny laugh out loud moments that do redeem the unoriginality (such as the constant references to 'grandparents', and the hellish affair of getting old). Definitely a good comedy that reminds you of the older stuff that used to come out in the nineties. Definitely give this one a watch.
The Plot: Dan, a hardworking business man and newly divorced singleton is talked into taking a trip with his wild best friend Charlie to broaden his horizons and proclaim himself a 'free man'. Unfortunately, too many drinks and too much influence lead Dan into partying himself into a misspelled tattoo, one crazy night, and sudden marriage to be annulled the day later. Seven years afterwards Dan finds out that he is the father of seven year old twins that he will have to care for while Vicki, their mother, is imprisoned following a political protest.
Suddenly Dan's life is thrown into chaos as learning overnight he is not only a father, but also has no idea how to be a father, leads him into some very odd situations. Luckily, he has his best friend the womanizing Charlie to help him.