Getting Even With Dad (1994)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

This children's comedy features Macauly Culkin as an 11-year old boy abandoned on the doorstep of his estranged father, a good-hearted thief who desires to go straight after pulling off one last heist. After Timmy's custodial aunt gets married to a schmuck, she decides its time to begin her own life. She leaves Timmy to his father Ray, an ex-con who aspires to open a bakery but lacks the money. Ray is in the process of setting up a major robbery to fund his new business when Timmy arrives. Ray … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Getting Even With Dad

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13)

The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's all a bit smug and suspect.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Neither Macaulay Culkin nor Ted Danson has improved his luck in selecting projects with this schizophrenic comedy.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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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.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


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.

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.

Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer

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