Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.
Father Figuresis one of those movies that is way over the top in some ways and is very funny in certain scenes for that very reason. In the beginning of the movie, a doctor is checking a man’s prostate and makes the comment, “Good news. I found your keys!” You immediately know this one will be played for laughs. It features some big-name actors such as Owen Wilson, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, and Ed Helms. And even football great, former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw, has a part in the movie.
The plot revolves around twin brothers, who don’t look alike, Kyle (Owen Wilson) and Pete (Ed Helms), and how they learn the father they thought was dead is, in fact, alive. But the question is, according to Mom, who their father is. She says she is not sure—it was the swinging 70s and people had random sex after hanging out in discos. The two brothers agree to search for their long-lost father together. In one scene, a man they mistakenly think is their father, the sort of man that will soon be heading to prison (played humorously by J.K. Simmons), gets into serious trouble by breaking the law and hotwiring cars which prompts Kyle to say, “Now I know how Luke Skywalker felt when he learned the truth about his father!” In another scene, Kyle and Pete pick up a man that needs a ride but since Pete doesn’t trust the man, they make him agree to being tied up in order to ride with them. When they get into an accident and Kyle barely survives a train coming at him, the two brothers hug for joy and when the man they picked up comes hopping over to them in happiness, still tied up, I admit to almost falling out of my seat with laughter.
Unfortunately, the content is very strong in the movie— including strong language throughout the film and graphic sexual comments and innuendos from time to time—so we can’t award it our Dove Seal. Some of the comedy is great, and the theme of brotherly love is terrific, but this one isn’t suggested for family viewing.