Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close
Director: Lawrence Sher
Run time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Comedy | 2017
Taking a break from the serious movies that I’ve been going to see, this time it’s Father Figures. A comedy which stars Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as they play twin brothers searching for their father. As the movie starts, the two main characters are at a wedding… their mother’s wedding (played by Glenn Close). Peters (Helms) is watching Law and Order and sees the man that who is is father playing a role! He immediately shows his mother and brother and the truth comes out. That man, the one that Peter has always looked up to even though being dead, is not his father.
So the adventure begins with the two bickering brothers on a journey to meet their real father in hopes to form a bounded relationship that they never got in their whole lives. The two travel across the country, multiple cities, and come across many problems in their wake.
I don’t think I’ve seen anything with Ed Helms in it before, but Owen Wilson, I tend to like his movies. There wasn’t as many funny scenes as I had expected for this film, but I’m glad for that. These days there are too many movies that just keep the “funny” or the “perversion” going just to get laughs out of the viewers. This film has a deeper root to the story, with little hiccups along the way that make it a humorous experience.
In the end, they find the truth and it honestly took me by surprise.
I liked Terry Bradshaw, J.K. Simmons, June Squibb, Katt Williams, and Christopher Walken in this film. I thought they all had good roles, and their dialogue and interactions with the two main characters were just perfect. I’m going to have to give Father Figures an “okay” rating. I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it. It was a good movie to watch in the midst of all the serious movies coming out for awards season, and it did bring some laughs, but there wasn’t much else to it. (3/5).
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