Director: Lawrence Sher
Cast: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons
Release Date: April 3, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 5.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Fraternal twins Kyle and Peter accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. The kindly man in the photo on their mantle isn’t their father after all, but an invention their mother (Glenn Close) concocted to conceal the truth: that she actually doesn’t know who their real father is. See, it was the seventies, and things were crazy, and…well, you know.
Armed with only a handful of clues, the brothers resolve to find the mystery man in what results in a wild road trip of discovery and revelations—about their mother, themselves and each other.
Get ready for a hilarious road trip filled with misadventures in ‘Father Figures’. When fraternal twins Kyle (Wilson) and Peter (Helms) discover the father they long believed dead may in fact still be out there somewhere, they sporadically decide to set out on a mission to find him and learn the truth, while also finding out a bit more about their mother’s promiscuous past along the way than they might have preferred, with each potential father unable to avoid reminiscing about various unforgettable memories of the wild, sex fueled relationships they shared with her. Unable to simply abandon the quest and call it quits, these two drastic opposites soon find themselves bonding like never before as they continue their investigation into the truth of their father, regardless of what may be revealed along the way.
Directed by Lawrence Sher who is best known for his photography work makes his directorial debut with ‘Father Figures’ and does a pretty solid job at the helm guiding along a script written by Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party). The film owes a huge share of credit to the hilarious and well selected cast that includes Owen Wilson (Zoolander), Ed Helms (The Hangover), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Katt Williams (Friday After Next), Christopher Walken (The Prophecy), Glenn Close (The Natural), Terry Bradshaw (as himself), Ving Rhames (the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise) and more, nearly all delivering fitting performances in each of their respective roles and as a result helping a great deal to make this one as funny and entertaining as it manages to be.
‘Father Figures’ is a decent enough comedy, although it certainly has its ups and downs. It manages to provide a relatively amusing and overall enjoyable story (albeit quite silly in many respects) and delivers some truly hilarious moments along the way, many courtesy of its raunchy and unapologetic approach which never hesitates to go all out when it suits the situation. It does tend to find itself hindered by questionable motivations from the characters, a frequent lack of logic and a runtime that even clocking in at less than two hours often feels a bit long and tiresome, particularly by the end. It’s guided along quite competently by first time director Lawrence Sher and notably boosted by a funny and well selected cast led by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms who along with their various co-stars help tremendously in making this one as funny and enjoyable as it is. ‘Father Figures’ undeniably suffers from some flaws, but I would still encourage folks that tend to be appreciate more raunchy and offensive comedy films to try and give this one a shot when the opportunity presents itself. Even with some oddly dramatic moments that feel terribly out of place and various other hiccups, it still manages to deliver some solid laughs and as a whole should offer enough fun and humor to keep the majority of folks more than entertained throughout its course.
Overall, ‘Father Figures’ is an enjoyable and at times truly hilarious film. Even while suffering from some obvious problems such as a silly and excessive premise and storyline that tends to veer all over the place far too frequently, the film still manages to serve up more than enough crude and unapologetic fun to likely please most casual viewers, largely due to the efforts of the talented, funny and perfectly selected individuals that comprise the cast. ‘Father Figures’ is recommended for fellow fans of similar R-rated comedy films who are likely to have a good bit of fun with this one that while far from perfect still manages to provide some delightfully hilarious moments at the very least. It’s probably not a film you’ll need to rush out and rent or purchase immediately, but it should prove worth a watch at some point down the road, perhaps whenever it hits your favorite streaming provider or premium channel for those who might be hesitant to cough up the funds on a rental or purchase this quick after release.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Father Figures’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding as a whole and provides a sharp, detailed and smooth presentation from start to finish with no notable faults to be uncovered throughout. It holds up splendidly even during the darker and more heavily populated moments and never allows anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a wonderful high definition video presentation from Warner Bros that looks consistently great and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack delivers a crisp, clean and occasionally fairly active audio presentation throughout. It takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, crowd chatter, nature elements and more throughout the various speakers when appropriate, and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a great little 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way necessary and should largely please.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Father Figures’ includes a couple of fun extras. Included on the release is a collection of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 21 minutes in length altogether), along with a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 4 minutes).
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