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Father Figures (known as Who's Your Daddy? in the United Kingdom) is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Lawrence Sher (in his directorial debut), written by Justin Malen, and starring Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Christopher Walken, and Glenn Close. The film follows two adult brothers who set out to find their biological father. On September 15, 2017, the film was renamed from Bastards to Father Figures. The title was changed because television advertisers would not play ads for the film with a cuss word in the title, as well as so that posters could be displayed in movie theaters.


Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:15 pm
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Eh, it's a pretty average American comedy. Owen Wilson plays his usual fun-loving smooth guy role and Ed Helms plays his usual uptight prick role. It's a harmless flick but also quite boring and not funny in the slightest. It is clear that the film should have been titled "Who's Your Daddy?" (and apparently was in the UK, though I have found no evidence of this so think that's a Wiki-Lie) and the poster should not have just been all the faces of the cast plastered onto a one-sheet but instead should have focused on solely Wilson and Helms on a white background (like Wedding Crashers). All the other characters are in it for such a short time that having them on the poster feels like a con. I have no idea why they chose to put every character on the poster. It looks super shit and cheap. They could have made more money by just simplifying the concept and choosing a better title. Its original title, Bastards, was MUCH better. I understand why they changed it, but choosing Father Figures is way worse, and completely undermines the film's potential to earn money.

Oh, and Katt Williams' hitchhiker is absurd, dreadfully unfunny, and unneeded - this could have been edited out of a film that feels too long anyway.

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I thought this was unfunny with some twists in the final half that don't ring true. Wilson and Helms are just playing themselves and rest of the cast so heavily advised are under-utilized here. The side stories and stay overs feel like patches from the script manipulation than a coherent plot. It tries to be another road trip comedy like so many before it but the leads have no chemistry which becomes its biggest flaws.

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