Review: ‘Like Father Like Son’
Starring: Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron, Sean Astin,
Margaret Colin and Catherine Hicks
Rated: PG-13 for language
Running time: 100 minutes
“Like Father Like Son” is a remake of “Freaky Friday” except this time it’s not Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster trading places, it’s Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron.
Moore plays Dr. Jack Hammond, a straight-laced surgeon who wants nothing but for his teenage son, Chris (Kirk Cameron), to become a doctor like himself.
Chris has other plans, which being a teenager means pretty much the opposite of whatever his father wants. Needless to say this is an issue both are at odds about.
What they don’t realize is that very soon they’re going to be getting an inside look of what the other’s life is really like. An extremely inside look.
Through happenstance, a few drops of a liquid concoction created by a tribe of Native Americans finds its way into Jack’s glass (don’t ask, the film will explain it all). Once Jack drinks from it, he’ll switch bodies with whoever he looks in the eye first.
That first person just so happens to be Chris.
Once Moore and Cameron make the switch, you get reminded of just how great of a comedian Moore was.
So now you have Jack acting like a teenager and Chris acting like an uptight adult, which is great.
It gets better once Jack realizes he has access to credit cards and gets even better once Jack and Chris try to assume the other’s identity at work and at school.
While there are a few upsides to switching bodies, the bad far outweighs the good.
For example, can you imagine if you switched bodies with your own father the day before you had a big date with the most popular girl in school?
Even worse, now your father, in your own body, has to go out with her for you?
Jack and Chris have to find a cure and fast, or else the real Jack will be fired and the real Chris will be without a girlfriend, amongst other things.
What’s funny about this movie, other than the premise, is the time it was released. In between 1987 and 1989 “18 Again!,” “Vice Versa” and “Dream a Little Dream” came out.
But “Like Father Like Son” is the only one that stars Dudley Moore, which means it’s the only one worth watching. This is “Arthur” we’re talking about.
He could take a movie that had a weak script (like this one) and make it something you’ll enjoy watching.
Weak or not, “Like Father Like Son” is a hilarious movie that I’ll always have fond memories of watching with my parents, my father in particular.
My advice to you for this Father’s Day is to dust it off and enjoy what you’ve been forgetting the past 20 years. At the very least, it’s great for a laugh or two.
The Movie Dude, Joe Altomere of Fort Myers, grew up in his parents’ video store in Plantersville, Texas. He owns close to 2,000 DVDs and Blu-ray discs and considers that only the start of his collection. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.