Father’s Day

FathersDay“Do you know who I am? I am the cowboy with the Village People, Bob, if I don’t get back there, it’s just gonna be “Y-M-_-A!”

This remake of the 1983 film ComDads (starring Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu) has a weak story that really hurts the likeable cast fronted by Robin Williams and Billy Crystal because it doesn’t give them anything to do that’s worthy of their talents (Is headbutting really that funny?).

The two leads star as Dads Dale and jack who competitively search for their son after their ex Collette  (played by Natassja Kinski) tells them that they may be the real father.  After this ploy to initiate their help, the two set off on a cross country trip to find the boy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV’s Seinfeld and SNL) plays Crystal’s love interest Carrie and Bruce Greenwood plays the stepfather Bob who has an overdrawn subplot with a comic payoff of him taking a fall in a Port-a-Potty.

The most laughs in this movie include a tiny sequence with Williams doing some familiar antics.  The melodrama and the characters don’t have to be extraordinary, but it’s not even good.

The audience sees ordinary things from two extraordinary comedian actors which disappoints everyone involved. Not recommended (*1/2 out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor and drug references.

Note: One of the beginning scenes with Williams shows his character contemplating suicide.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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