Getting Even With Dad
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A criminal trying to reform is forced to endure the most humiliating punishment of all -- hanging out with his son -- in this family comedy. Ray Gleason (Ted Danson) is a thief whose ambitions far outstrip both his skill and his intelligence; Ray is just bright enough to have realized this, and he's decided to go straight and open a bake shop (he learned how to decorate cakes during his last stay in prison). However, Ray needs to raise some working capital, so in association with his buddies Bobby (Saul Rubinek) and Carl (Gailard Sartain) he is planning his last heist, in which they hope… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"It's all a bit smug and suspect."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"The feeble attempts at verbal and physical slapstick are so lacking in humour that they're embarrassing for both the players and audience."
‑ Jane Stefanski, Empire Magazine
"When toddlers are tipping the punchlines, it's time for rewrite."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"A charming, amusing comedy for the whole family"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The new summer movies don't get much more formulaic than this bald attempt to capture the audience that can't wait to see the next three or four installments of Home Alone."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Howard Deutch is a proficient enough second division director, but here he allows sentimentality to run riot, and the awkwardly ageing Culkin (approaching adolescence) no longer possesses the mischievous charm of old."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Culkin is Culkin, cute and malleable, absolutely empty, absolutely precious, absolutely irritating."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Yeah, the one with Macaulay Culkin and Ted Danson. Avoid at all conceivable cost."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This seems to be the work not of screenwriters but of Hollywood marketing executives who believe movies are popular because they tell audiences what they want to hear."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Neither Macaulay Culkin nor Ted Danson has improved his luck in selecting projects with this schizophrenic comedy."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"The film's greatest liability is Culkin, grown awkwardly out of his Home Alone cuteness into a Stepford Child star."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It can't decide whether to be a mushy valentine to the dad-son relationship, masculine style, or a not-very-clever comedy."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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