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Father Figures (2017)



Critic Consensus: Success has many fathers, but failure is Father Figures.

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Two brothers (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) hit the road to find their long-lost dad after they learn that their mom has been lying to them about his death. This comedy was directed by Lawrence Sher.

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Ed Helms
as Peter
J.K. Simmons
as Ronald Hunt
Ving Rhames
as Rod Hamilton
Christopher Walken
as Dr. Tinkler
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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (14)

Father Figures is not just painfully anti-charming, it is transparently desperate.

December 22, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"Father Figures" is what happens when you throw a comedy and the laughs forget to show up.

December 22, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Distinguished mainly by its overqualified cast and lack of inspiration, "Father Figures" can't decide whether it's a gross-out comedy or an uplifting tale of brotherly love; it embraces the worst of both worlds.

December 22, 2017 | Full Review…

At first [Helms and Wilson] seem incompatible. But their journey through family secrets delivers surprising charm.

December 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Director Sher shows no special affinity for comic pacing or enlivening dialogue scenes, so the movie just plods from scene to scene, building no momentum.

December 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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Would you like to watch Wilson and a young child urinate on each other in a rest stop bathroom? Thought not.

December 21, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Father Figures

LAW & ORDER: SVU is used as the pivotal plot device that sets everything in motion. It's the best joke in the movie.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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Another typical roadtrip movie where two brothers go searching for their long lost father. Perfectly passable for passing the time. Nothing more. You've seen it all before really.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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The cast is the only thing that holds Father Figures together, but it doesn't do it for long. It's just a bad movie.

Jason Cenzano
Jason Cenzano

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