Reviewed by John Perry
Rating: 9 Beans
hy is Robin Williams such a star? The guy made one funny movie in the last five years ("Mrs. Doubtfire"), and now he's making millions doing painfully unfunny would-be comedies. "Jumanji", "Nine Months", "Flubber"... the list goes on. "Father's Day", which co-stars Billy Crystal and is directed by renowned director Ivan Reitman, hits the bottom, however.
Williams plays Dale, a middle-aged man with a few screws loose who is about to commit suicide when an ex-girlfriend calls him. It has been years since he had a one-night stand with her, and he is shocked to discover that he is the father of her child... who is now a teenaged runaway. Totally thrilled that he has something to offer someone in life, Dale embarks on a journey to find his son.
Crystal plays Jack, an uptight businessman who also gets the same type of phone call from the same ex-girlfriend (can we say... slut?!). He also goes off to find his son, until he crosses paths with Williams as they try to figure out who the real dad is. They eventually find the kid, a 16-year old brat who has been cruising along with rock band Sugar Ray on tour.
It's your basic normal guy/weird guy road trip comedy with one exception: "Father's Day" just isn't funny. The one-dimensional characters and the hundred-times-used plot situations are quickly overlooked while we're left thinking, "How much longer is this?"
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