Father's Day

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Father's Day is an exaggerated, sometimes hilarious account of two men's search for a runaway teenager. Jack Lawrence (Billy Crystal) is a successful lawyer recently married for the third time. Dale Putley (Robin Williams) is a flaky bachelor writer and a product of Berkeley University. He has never given up his '60s "flower child" mentality, living a disorganized and lonely life. These two opposites unknowingly shared some intimate moments with Collette (Nastassja Kinski) about 17 years earlier. Now she contacts them individually and tells each that he might be the father of her son, Skip (Charles Hofheimer), who has run away to join a rock band. Jack and Dale's paths cross as they begin to search for Skip and they become unlikely partners. Their action-packed pursuit takes the "dads" from L.A. to Sacramento to Reno as they become over-protective of the rebellious teenager. In the process they nearly drive each other crazy. Teens and young adults will love the zany antics and comic dialogue, as Jack and Dale chase and catch the deeply troubled Skip, only to lose him and have to chase some more.

Father's Day reeks of sexual innuendo, bathroom humor and crude references to body parts. Jack and Dale share descriptions of their sexual encounters with Collette. When they find Skip at a rock concert, passed out from drugs and liquor, they put him in a hotel shower fully clothed. A hotel waiter walks in and sees Dale in an awkward position with the boy in the shower. As Jack phones his wife to explain what has happened, she thinks the three men are showering together. Dale is painfully burned when Skip pours hot coffee on his lap, generating more crude remarks. Collette's husband gets locked in a port-a-potty that's knocked over and rolls down the hill, resulting in a sequence of bathroom humor before he's finally rescued. Slapstick violence consists mostly of Jack's use of head butts to clear his path when it's blocked by various seedy characters. Jack and Dale accomplish much more than finding Skip - they find meaning and purpose for their own lives. However, several obscenities and many crude words further clutter this outlandish and sometimes poignant Father's Day.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (14) times - Mild 4, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Several (10) times - (s-word 6, slang for sex 3, obscene gesture 1)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 1 (G), Exclamatory 3

Violence: : Several times - Moderate (head butts, man's crotch burned by hot coffee; man contemplates suicide with gun in mouth; man in locked cubicle falls down mountain)

Sex: None

Nudity: None; near nudity few times (low-cut outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (men discuss sexual experiences; crude references to sex and women's breasts)

Drugs: Several times (teenagers under influence of alcohol and drugs, not condoned)

Other: Crude bathroom humor

Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 12 and older

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