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Sunday, February 5, 2012

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 49 - Father's Day (1997)

Father's Day (1997; Warner
Bros. Pictures)
Following one “I Didn’t Know I Was a Dad” movie with another, Father’s day is a slow, mean-spirited movie that has no laughs and even less heart.  The film follows two men who were both former flames of a woman many years ago and are conned into helping her find her runaway son when they are both told they are the boy’s father.  The men are a brooding, one-liner spewing attorney (played by Billy Crystal) and a nails-on-a-chalkboard writer (Robin Wiliams) and they team up, despite contention, to find the missing teen.

Father’s Day is one of those movies that just slaps the audience in the face over and over again.  The premise is based on a lie and the ending is surprise-free because the film tells us she’s lying to them men early on.  When you give away the fact that the whole premise is a con too early on, there really is nothing to hold the film together after the hour mark.

The son, Scott, when he arrives in the film is a negative, mean little brat who is detestable from the start.  I think he was the inspiration for the son in ANOTHER absolutely dreadful Robin Williams movie from just a few years back called World’s Greatest Dad (a film I reviewed on this blog and hated... a lot).  Billy Crystal, who can be funny, is just a whiny bore here and Robin William’s antics grow really old, really fast.  This is a bad movie, but it’s more than that, it’s a spiteful one.  It’s spiteful to the characters, and to anyone watching it.  It insults your intelligence and your sensibilities.  

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