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Fathers' Day (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 9 May 1997 (USA)
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A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Francis Veber (film Les Compères), Lowell Ganz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Dale Putley
Billy Crystal ... Jack Lawrence
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Carrie Lawrence
Nastassja Kinski ... Collette Andrews
Charlie Hofheimer ... Scott Andrews
Bruce Greenwood ... Bob Andrews
Dennis Burkley ... Calvin the Trucker
Haylie Johnson Haylie Johnson ... Nikki Trainor
Charles Rocket ... Russ Trainor
Patti D'Arbanville ... Shirley Trainor
Jared Harris ... Lee
Louis Lombardi ... Matt
Mark McGrath ... Sugar Ray Band
Craig Bullock Craig Bullock ... Sugar Ray Band
Charles Stan Frazier Charles Stan Frazier ... Sugar Ray Band
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Storyline

Jack Lawrence is a smart aleck lawyer who is one day visited by an ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid was his. Enter Dale Putley, a depressed goofball who is also a writer, meets with the same ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid is his. One day Jack and Dale meet and discover what had happened: they've been told the same story and now there's a question of who the real father is. They learn their son is following a rock band called Sugar Ray around. So Jack and Dale hit the road to Sacramento and find their drunk, love-struck son. Soon after they bring him back to their hotel room, their son escapes and Jack and Dale must use teamwork to find him again, bring him home, and find out which one of them is the real father. Written by Dylan Self <Robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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All she said was "My son is yours." Unfortunately, she said it to both of them. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor and drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un papá de sobra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,776,159, 11 May 1997

Gross USA:

$28,598,376

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,598,376
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(At fifteen minutes) Billy Crystal makes a reference to when O.J. Simpson was fleeing the Los Angeles Police Department in a white Ford Bronco on June 17, 1994. See more »

Goofs

Jack's martini while he's eating lunch with Colette. See more »

Quotes

[In Dale's car driving slowly over the Golden Gate Bridge]
Jack Lawrence: Dale, I feel like I'm in a white Bronco.
Dale Putley: Sorry, I just get anxious driving over bridges.
Jack Lawrence: That's because you're going 20 miles per hour.
Dale Putley: I'm going 35 miles per hour, Jack!
Jack Lawrence: Yeah, I can feel the G-force.
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Connections

References Flipper (1964) See more »

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Put on a Happy Face
from the Broadway musical "Bye, Bye Birdie"
Written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
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Sure it could've been better, but it's still an enjoyable film
6 December 2002 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

When you put together the talents of Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, you bet your life people are gonna expect big things. I myself expected big things. The movie doesn't deliver on all levels. There are some badly written gags and lame dialogue ("He's having some problems with his testicles"). But throughout 80 % of the movie I was entertained and got a fair share of laughs. Naturally, Billy and Robin have incredible chemistry and I'm sure a lot of their stuff was ad-libbed. They just could've used a better script. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel wrote the great comedy "Mr. Saturday Night," so I did expect better from them. The two guys don't always seem secure with the material, and rightfully so, like with that lame running gag about "the whirl."

Nevertheless, "Fathers' Day" is a delightful comedy and it definitely has its moments. Some won't be as satisfied as others, but I myself was satisfied.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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