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Movie Review: ‘Father Figures’ is the Male ‘Mamma Mia’ Without the Song and Dance

Owen Wilson and Ed Helms in Father Figures (2017)
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Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close

Director: Lawrence Sher

Running Time: 110 Minutes

Rating: R for Almost Incest, Large Cat Balls, Almost Getting Killed by a Train

Release Date: December 22, 2017

After finding out their mother (Glenn Close) had been lying about who their father was for at least 30 years, twin brothers Kyle and Peter Reynolds (played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, who barely even look related) set off on a cross-country road trip in order to solve the mystery of who their dad really is.

Father Figures isn’t anything new. Combining the basic plot of Mamma Mia! with the lazy humor of the most recent Vacation movie, everything that gets a laugh out of you is purely based on shock humor. Oh my, an old lady said, “Fuck!” Wow, would you look at the size of that cat’s balls! Oh jeez, your Mom sure was hot in the ’70s! Oh boy, I might have just fucked my sister!

Yeah, that last one happens. While there are many plot twists that sure throw you for a loop (like potential incest, and the actual ending to this film), again, it’s all based on shock humor. When you find yourself nervously laughing while muttering “What the fuck?” to yourself more times than you can count on your hand while watching a movie, I think it’s time for a script rewrite.

The rest of it is just generic. Owen Wilson plays the laid-back, easygoing dude you see in almost every film he’s in. Ed Helms plays the uptight, nervous “Only sane man” he’s great at. None of the performances are “bad,” per se, but they’re not anything new.

This one is definitely a great time waster to catch on cable or a streaming service. But, if you need a mindless comedy to take your parents to over the holidays when your local theater is sold out of The Last Jedi tickets, this is the one for you.

Father Figures is Recommended If You Like: The Hangover, National Lampoon Movies, Maury, Massachusetts stereotypes.

Grade: 2 out of 5 Messages From The Universe

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