Fathers' Day
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Two of the screen's most popular comic actors meet in this movie about two men brought together by unexpected circumstances. On the surface, Jack Lawrence (Billy Crystal) and Dale Putley (Robin Williams) wouldn't appear to have much in common. Jack is an efficient, serious-minded lawyer with a successful practice and a beautiful wife, Carrie (Julia-Louis Dreyfus). Dale is a very single performance artist given to dramatic mood swings and extreme overreaction to the sad state of his career. However, 17 years ago both men were involved with the same woman, Collette Andrews (Nastassja… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"Father's Day has a few laugh-out-loud sequences, but it's nothing to celebrate."
‑ Carol Buckland, CNN.com
"Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Williams and Crystal find their own rhythm with the material and deliver some much needed laughs."
‑ Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine
"Likable performances, but the story's brash and hyper, though sweet, delivery grows wearing, especially the sexual innuendo."
‑ Katherine Dillin, Christian Science Monitor
"Reitman, Williams and Crystal should have turned in a fine comedy. But Father's Day ain't it: they could have improvised a better film in their sleep."
‑ , Total Film
"A movie of implacable unfunniness."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Hey, it sounded good on paper."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Fathers' Day scoots along pleasantly but never rises above its My Two Dads sitcom premise."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The plot is full of the kind of holes necessary to set up cream-puff moments where everybody turns huggy and learns Valuable Lessons. Ugh."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Thankfully low on sentimentality, director Reitman gives the two stand-up talents a pretty free rein, resulting in some classic comic moments and snappy one-liners."
‑ , Film4
"For the comic actors, this project -- an enjoyable synthesis of improvisation and adherence to the original story -- seems almost too easy. You wonder why it took them so long."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Despite some laughs, there's not much of a story. But at least Williams and Crystal, old pals off the screen, seem to be enjoying themselves."
‑ Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News
"This had the potential to be hilarious, but instead falls alarmingly flat thanks to a weak and jokeless script that even the combined comedic talents of Williams and Crystal can't perk up."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"How much you enjoy the film will depend entirely on how much you enjoy the spectacle of Williams spewing forth streams of nonsensical gibberish in an attempt to impersonate a German record producer, and Crystal pitching snit fits."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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