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Paternity (1981)





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In this comedy fantasy an ad-man longs for a son of his own, but is unwilling to saddle himself with a wife. A creative fellow, he decides to convince a woman to bear his child and then sign a waiver of all her maternal rights after the birth. He finds a waitress willing to do the job, and at first everything is strictly business and the two despise each other, but as this is a romantic comedy, it doesn't take long at all before the adversarial parents fall deeply in love.

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Burt Reynolds
as Buddy Evans
Elizabeth Ashley
as Sophia Thatcher
Lauren Hutton
as Jenny Lofton
Mike Kellin
as Tour Guide
Elsa Raven
as Pre-natal Nurse
Carol Locatell
as Ms. Werner
Kay Armen
as Claudia Feinstein
Murphy Dunne
as Singing Telegram Man
Toni Kalem
as Diane Cassabello
Macintyre Dixon
as Nature Walk Teacher
Alfie Wise
as Cab Driver
Eugene Troobnick
as Falalfel Vendor
Gene Troobnick
as Falalfel Vendor
Ken Magee
as Man in Bar
Elaine Giftos
as Woman in Bar
Sydney Daniels
as Receptionist
Aaron Jessup
as Juggler
Frank Bongiorno
as News Vendor
Frank Hamilton
as Old Man on Boat
James Harder
as Doorman
Lee Ann Duffield
as Girl with Mask
as Emily
Brad Trumbull
as Salesman
John Gilgreen
as Salesman
Jeff Lawrence
as Salesman
Paula Holland
as Pretty Girl
Laura Grayson
as Receptionist
Buddy Micucci
as Garden Workman
Derek Thompson
as Garden Workman
Joseph Hamer
as Garden Ticketman
Bob Maroff
as Garden Ticketman
Kevin Rigney
as Garden Maintenance Man
Natalie Priest
as Lady in Butcher Shop
Jane Cecil
as Woman at Music School
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Critic Reviews for Paternity

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Although the movie was directed by David Steinberg, a comic actor with a good sense of timing, Paternity's timing is so slowpaced and stately that there are times when this doesn't feel like a comedy, it feels like a historical romance.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's one of the worst movies [Reynolds has] ever made and, worse, he isn't even good in it.

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Burt is at his most appealing and self-deprecating playing a character much like himself at the time: A single, middle-age lothario longing to have a child. Charming and funny.

February 18, 2006 | Rating: 7/10

Audience Reviews for Paternity

I have a seen a ton of Burt Reynolds movies but everyone I've seen he's always playing a tough guy or something similar so watching him in a romantic comedy was a shocker.Not a bad movie by the way but not really something I'd go out & buy or watch again

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