“Why are you doing this?”
“We’re your fathers.”
The weak story really hurts the likeable cast fronted by Williams and Crystal because it doesn’t give them anything to do that’s worthy of their talents (e.g. is headbutting really that funny?). Writers Babaloo Mandell and Lowell Ganz (A League of Their Own, City Slickers) needed more development time on this 98-minute screenplay, based on the French comedy Les Compères (a.k.a. ComDads). Even the ad libs cannot save this comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters).
The two leads competitively search for their son after their ex, 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, Scott, played by Charlie Hoffeimer (Mad Men).
Even Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) can’t save this comedic disaster as Crystal’s love interest. Bruce Greenwood (Stark Trek) plays the stepfather who has an overdrawn subplot with a comic payoff of him taking a fall in a Port-a-Potty. Filmmakers try to add some appeal with songs from Paul McCartney (e.g. “The World Tonight”), but nothing really works in this eclectic effort.
The most laughs in this movie was 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 extraordinary comic actors which disappoints everyone involved. Jared Harris (Lincoln, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) also introduces a crime element as Lee.
Not recommended (* out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor and drug references.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler