Fathers' Day (1997)

Fathers' Day (1997)

Fathers' Day



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In this remake of the French comedy Les Comperes, superstar comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal team up as a pair of childless men who receive the shock of their lives when a mutual old flame resurfaces to inform them that one of them is the father of her missing 16-year-old son. The two paternal candidates are different as night and day, and at the story's beginning have never met. Jack Lawrence (Crystal) is a prominent L.A. lawyer. But for his tendency to deliver head-butts to … More

Rating: PG-13 (For some sex-related humor and drug references.)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 1997


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as Carrie Lawrence

as Collette Andrews

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as Mr. Tweesbury

as Flight Attendant

as Room Service Waiter

as Megan

as Slot Machine Lady

as Ball Park Vendor

as Cop, Reno Jail

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Critic Reviews for Fathers' Day

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

Father's Day has a few laugh-out-loud sequences, but it's nothing to celebrate.

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Top Critic

A movie of implacable unfunniness.

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Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

For the comic actors, this project -- an enjoyable synthesis of improvisation and adherence to the original story -- seems almost too easy. You wonder why it took them so long.

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Washington Post
Top Critic

Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out.

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Chicago Tribune
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Hey, it sounded good on paper.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite some laughs, there's not much of a story. But at least Williams and Crystal, old pals off the screen, seem to be enjoying themselves.

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New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fathers' Day

Dear Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Ivan Reitman:


Seriously! How could you mess this up so friggin badly!?


Disappointed and Angry

BAsed on a French product that I have no doubt is far better, this is the story of two men who, 17 years earlier, slept with the same woman. After all these years, her teenage son has gone missing, and she enlists the two men to help get him back. Why them? Well, one of them might be the father. She's not sure. The guy who has been the kid's father all these years may also be the father, but no one knows for sure.

So what we have here is what should be a madcap comedic romp as these men try to hunt for this kid who might be their illegitimate progeny.

What this actually is is a painfully unfunny, annoying, tedious, and awful f*cking mess. I think I may have legitimately been amused no more than like 3 times maximum, if that.

I don't understand it either. You'd think that Williams and Crystal would be a comedy dream team, but both men just deliver their typical respective shticks, offering nothing new, or, more importantly, funny.

This drags on and on with predictability out the wazoo, and I was happy when it finally ended. It's not charming, it's not interesting, and the only things keeping me from giving it a worse grade are the inclusion of Sugar Ray and a way too brief but amusing uncredited cameo from Mel Gibson. And maybe Williams's intro scene when he's on the phone. That's it. The rest of this just flat out sucks.

The whole set up could be neat, but comes off as pointless and contrived. The subplot with Greenwood is pointless and rather needlessly cruel for his character and, though she's pretty, Nastassja KInski is terrible here. I'm ashamed for her, and that's not something that happens to often for me, so yeah, that says something.

Bottom line: this is a pure waste of time, talent, money, and God knows what else. Not even out of curiousity do I think you should give this a look.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Not Robin Williams at his finest, although it was funny in some scenes. Not that well plotted out either.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Crystal and Williams try to out mug each other in a desperately unfunny schmaltz fest.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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