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Fathers' Day1997

Fathers' Day (1997)



Critic Consensus: A maudlin misfire, Father's Day manages the difficult task of making Billy Crystal and Robin Williams woefully unfunny.

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The stage is set for comedy when two middle-aged men (Billy Crystal and Robin Williams) struggle to overcome their considerable differences to find the runaway son of the ex-lover who has just informed them that one of them is the boy's father.

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Robin Williams
as Dale Putley
Billy Crystal
as Jack Lawrence
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Carrie Lawrence
Nastassja Kinski
as Collette Andrews
Charlie Hofheimer
as Scott Andrews
Bruce Greenwood
as Bob Andrews
Patti D'Arbanville
as Shirley Trainor
Charles Rocket
as Russ Trainor
Mark McGrath
as Sugar Ray Band Member
Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock
as Sugar Ray Band Member
Charles "Stan" Frazier
as Sugar Ray Band Member
Matthew Murphy Karges
as Sugar Ray Band Member
Rodney Sheppard
as Sugar Ray Band Member
David Ripley
as Roadie No. 1
Jason Reitman
as Wrong Kid in Alley
William Hall
as Hotel Clerk
Ricky Harris
as Bellhop
Paul Herman
as Mr. Barmore
Christopher Jaymes
as Gas Station Guy
Claudette Wells
as Mr. Tweesbury
Susan Traylor
as Flight Attendant
Dana Gould
as Room Service Waiter
Mary Gillis
as Slot Machine Lady
Jennifer Echols
as Ball Park Vendor
Harry E. Northup
as Cop, Reno Jail
Tamara Zook
as Waitress/Francene
Frank Medrano
as Mechanic
Elston Ridgle
as Security Guard
Kim Shattuck
as The Muffs Band Member
Ronnie Barnett
as The Muffs Band Member
Roy McDonald
as The Muffs Band Member
Lee Weaver
as Airline Passenger
Jose 'Esau' Pena
as Boat Painter
Andre Zotoff
as Doorman
Kay Ford
as Woman in Lobby
Jasmine Rose
as Nosering Girl
Mel Gibson
as Tattooed Man (uncredited)
Mary McCormack
as Lady with Broken Car (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Fathers' Day

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (25)

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

July 14, 2014 | Full Review…

A movie of implacable unfunniness.

July 14, 2014

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.

July 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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

July 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Hey, it sounded good on paper.

July 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

July 14, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fathers' Day

Dear Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Ivan Reitman: WTF!!!!! Seriously! How could you mess this up so friggin badly!? SIncerely, 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
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
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

One of those silly outrageous movies that is just funny so we don't care.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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