Sunday, June 19, 2011

Movies: Father's Day

"Father's Day," starring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, was not a very good movie. It probably should have been, given that it was directed by Ivan Reitman and features two iconic comedians, but the scattershot plot and uneven tone turned off both audiences and critics.

In the film, Crystal and Williams play two guys who are both told by a former lover that either of them could be the father of her runaway teenage boy. A predictable cross-country trek ensues, and Crystal plays the straight man to Williams' free-spirited hippie character. They're both trying hard, but there's only so much you can do with an unfunny script.

Despite being almost completely forgettable, "Father's Day" did feature one of the best uses of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' song "The Impression That I Get" ever put to film. It plays during the part where Williams and Crystal fight their way through a rock concert. The scene (it's in the video below at 1:44) almost salvages the whole movie for me. Almost:

Rating for Robin Williams & Billy Crystal headbutting random people: 10/10
Rating for overall movie: 4/10


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