Father's Day (1997) 1997 PG-13 CC

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Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in a comedy about a woman who cons two ex-boyfriends into searching for her runaway son.

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Robin Williams, Billy Crystal
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1 hour 40 minutes

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Father's Day (1997)

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal
Supporting actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nastassja Kinski, Charlie Hofheimer, Bruce Greenwood, Dennis Burkley, Haylie Johnson, Charles Rocket, Patti D'Arbanville, Jared Harris, Louis Lombardi, Mark McGrath, Craig Bullock, Charles Stan Frazier, Matthew Murphy Karges, Rodney Sheppard, Alan Berger, Tom Verica, Jennifer Crystal Foley
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Robin Williams & Billy Crystal, what a great combination.
D. Lay
It takes a ridiculous concept, stretches it a little too thin and piles on lowbrow gags, but it was still pretty funny in spite of itself.
Robert Hayes
It is a nice movie some of the stuff is pretty silly but good for a laugh.
Alex H. Smith

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Quinn on February 24, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie really is pretty funny. Crystal is always funny and Williams, well, what can I say... the guy is funny even if he's not trying to be! Crystal plays a straight-laced lawyer while Williams plays a total psychotic, who really wants to believe he has a son so he'll have a reason to stay partially sane.
This movie's plot may be a bit thin, but who cares because the cast is great. The short version of the plot is that a worried mother recruits two men to find her runaway teenage son. How does she get them to agree to find him? She tells each of the men(obviously not thinking that they may run into each other while searching for the boy) that he is the father. This leads to a silly comic pairing.
There are all kinds of great things in this movie. Crystal and Williams are great together. Mel Gibson makes a cameo-- watch closely because you might not recognize him!! The band Sugar Ray is also in the movie. Cool things like that!
This may not satisfy a hunger for laugh out loud, slap on the knee kind of funny, but it's still funny, with a charming ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on July 1, 2012
Format: DVD
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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what can i say? sometimes a film seems pretty much tailor-made for disaster, only to turn out to have an angel on it's shoulder. not that Fathers' Day was ever destined to be Citizen Kane caliber cinema, but the shaky vehicle found itself in the hands of talent that could make it's strengths count, however marginally.
the plot is frankly far-fetched even by my flexible standards. when her teenage son disappears, a woman recruits two former lovers into the search by misleading each that he is the father. this trigger device would be an awful lot to swallow at the best of times, and it's shadow over the proceedings gets a bit heavy-handed at times. and of course the inevitable Felix-&-Oscar dynamic is nothing we haven't seen before. and don't EVEN get me started on the cookie-cutter son and his straight off the rack teen angst and tragedies. but a truly formidable triumvirate of talents made the film work humorously if not logically.
first we have Ivan Reitman, one of comedy's most consistently reliable directors. even without his twin masterpieces, Ghostbusters and Dave, he can boast of such engrossing fare as Stripes, Twins, and Evolution. and the material does fit his usual average-man-saves-the-day formula.
and then there's our heroes. Billy Crystal is a successful lawyer driven mostly by irritation that his practice as well as his marriage are disrupted the crisis of an all but complete stranger. (though of course he does manage to develop some heart over the course of the film.) Robin Williams is a despondent literary failure who is in fact in the process of killing himself when he gets the fateful phone call. he's energized by the suggestion that he managed to have a son, though not quite enough to neutralize his many neuroses.
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FATHER'S DAY, starring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, is fairly middling as comedies go. Still, the chemistry between Williams and Crystal is very good and both deliver a number of laughs with their own brands of comedy. Billy Crystal is the straight-laced, sarcastic type while Robin Williams is a high-strung, emotional wreck with a penchant for improvisation (his character is an out-of-work playwright/actor).

The premise of the movie is that a woman (Nastassja Kinski) calls and tells each of them that they're the father of her 16-year-old son who just ran away. Then they go on the road in search of him and hijinks ensue. While the concept is rather far-fetched, if you throw plausibility out the window this movie can be enjoyable. Both of the leads get to revel in their schticks for what is essentially a paycheck gig, but it still looked like they had fun working with each other.

The acting across the board is ok, but this type of movie doesn't really require too much anyway. The most important facet is the humor, and for the most part this movie does fine. A lot of the gags were lowbrow and borderline tasteless, but for what it's worth I laughed quite a bit. That being said, there is one gag involving a porto-potty that was drawn out a little too long.

On the negative side, there was a couple of things that disturbed me a little bit, considering Robin Williams recent death, namely, a couple of suicide jokes. When an actor plays a role, certain elements of their real life inevitably make it into the character, and there were some interesting comparisons one could make between Robin's character in this movie and his personality in real life. What really shocked me, however, was his introductory scene which shows him about to blow his brains out with a pistol.
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