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Getting Even With Dad (1994)

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4

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 27

Overly formulaic and tonally inconsistent, Getting Even with Dad tries for a sentimental conclusion it doesn't earn and winds up a slapsticky cash grab aimed at fans of Home Alone.

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 12

Overly formulaic and tonally inconsistent, Getting Even with Dad tries for a sentimental conclusion it doesn't earn and winds up a slapsticky cash grab aimed at fans of Home Alone.

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Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 17,368

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Movie Info

A criminal trying to reform is forced to endure the most humiliating punishment of all -- hanging out with his son -- in this family comedy. Ray Gleason (Ted Danson) is a thief whose ambitions far outstrip both his skill and his intelligence; Ray is just bright enough to have realized this, and he's decided to go straight and open a bake shop (he learned how to decorate cakes during his last stay in prison). However, Ray needs to raise some working capital, so in association with his buddies

PG,

Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Mar 6, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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The new summer movies don't get much more formulaic than this bald attempt to capture the audience that can't wait to see the next three or four installments of Home Alone.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This seems to be the work not of screenwriters but of Hollywood marketing executives who believe movies are popular because they tell audiences what they want to hear.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's all a bit smug and suspect.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Neither Macaulay Culkin nor Ted Danson has improved his luck in selecting projects with this schizophrenic comedy.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The script is formula and so is the direction, which leaves the acting.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The feeble attempts at verbal and physical slapstick are so lacking in humour that they're embarrassing for both the players and audience.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Howard Deutch is a proficient enough second division director, but here he allows sentimentality to run riot, and the awkwardly ageing Culkin (approaching adolescence) no longer possesses the mischievous charm of old.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The film's greatest liability is Culkin, grown awkwardly out of his Home Alone cuteness into a Stepford Child star.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

When toddlers are tipping the punchlines, it's time for rewrite.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Culkin is Culkin, cute and malleable, absolutely empty, absolutely precious, absolutely irritating.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

It can't decide whether to be a mushy valentine to the dad-son relationship, masculine style, or a not-very-clever comedy.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A charming, amusing comedy for the whole family

August 17, 2008
Moviehole

Yeah, the one with Macaulay Culkin and Ted Danson. Avoid at all conceivable cost.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Culkin's performance here is so lethargic that he seems to bring the entire production down.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Getting Even With Dad

Pretty fair movie, but not one I'd call "good." I have on VHS a movie that my dad taped of me and my aunts, cousins, etc., and my step-grandmother said when this movie's trailer came on tv, "That's going to be good." It's ok, but not good.
September 14, 2009
stormyweather980

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One of Macaulay Culkin's few movies after Home Alone where he tried hard to keep that "I'm a naughty cute kid" act that just didn't work for him anymore.
March 10, 2008
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Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

The only way to get even with everyone responsible for this movie is to rape their grandfathers with pickles filled with battery acid. Not exactly on of Macaulay Culkin's best movies. The plot is pretty pathetic.
February 2, 2008
husky10000years

Super Reviewer

a very funny family movie that makes getting even with your dad fun and hillarious. A
July 8, 2011
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