Father Figures (2017)


Critic Consensus: Success has many fathers, but failure is Father Figures.


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Two brothers (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) hit the road to find their long-lost dad after they learn that their mom has been lying to them about his death. This comedy was directed by Lawrence Sher.

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

Father Figures is not just painfully anti-charming, it is transparently desperate.

Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"Father Figures" is what happens when you throw a comedy and the laughs forget to show up.

Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Distinguished mainly by its overqualified cast and lack of inspiration, "Father Figures" can't decide whether it's a gross-out comedy or an uplifting tale of brotherly love; it embraces the worst of both worlds.

Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…

At first [Helms and Wilson] seem incompatible. But their journey through family secrets delivers surprising charm.

Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Director Sher shows no special affinity for comic pacing or enlivening dialogue scenes, so the movie just plods from scene to scene, building no momentum.

Dec 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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Would you like to watch Wilson and a young child urinate on each other in a rest stop bathroom? Thought not.

Dec 21, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Father Figures


The film is very funny at times but like Wilson's other attempt at high range comedy, The Big Year, it struggles to maintain a story and the crude humour. You look at the talented cast and you expect something much more interesting but seeing what has happened to the choices Wilson has made of recent time, you can't help but feel disappointed. The ending will some up what is wrong with the film, they attempt to make you care after all the pointless jokes, why wasn't a DNA test ever considered? The film is good for a once only but you'll forget it exists and move right along to another comedy that misses the mark. This is exactly what is wrong with comedies at this current moment and time, they lack true comedy and fail to engage the actors hired to portray the slim characters. This could have been a fun indie film but with a large budget it sinks in typical Hollywood disarray. 12/11/2018.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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LAW & ORDER: SVU is used as the pivotal plot device that sets everything in motion. It's the best joke in the movie.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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Another typical roadtrip movie where two brothers go searching for their long lost father. Perfectly passable for passing the time. Nothing more. You've seen it all before really.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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The cast is the only thing that holds Father Figures together, but it doesn't do it for long. It's just a bad movie.

Jason Cenzano
Jason Cenzano

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