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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is a journey of self-discovery, but not in a way that's particularly admirable or satisfying. Plenty of iffy behavior along the way, too.
Positive Role Models
Definitely no role models here, unless you consider football hero Terry Bradshaw. Helen is said to have once performed a selfless act.
Violence & Scariness
Guns are drawn but not fired. Train crashes into car. Car crashes into person. Character thought to be dead. Fighting and punching, with subsequent black eyes and bruises. Arguing. Character shot with tranquilizer dart, falls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman isn't sure who the father of her twins was; she describes the promiscuousness of the 1970s. A man picks a woman up in a bar; they go back to a hotel room and start undressing. Shirtless male, woman in bra, suggested sex. Husband and wife kiss passionately during a wedding ceremony. Talk of "getting someone laid." Brief, strong sexual innuendo. Suggestion of incest (proven false). Drink spilled on woman's cleavage; man tries to wipe it up with a napkin. Characters pee on each other (though it's not sexual in nature).
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Many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "c--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "ass," "butt," "d--k," "goddamn," "idiot," "pissed," "muff," "moron," "nipples," etc., plus "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation). "Negro" said by a black character.
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Products & Purchases
Apple iPhone shown. "Apple products" mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Twice, a main character takes refuge in a glass of whiskey when upset. Some social drinking. Mentions of "getting high."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Father Figures is a raunchy comedy about twin brothers (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) who go on a road trip to discover their birth father's identity. Violence (often played for laughs) includes fighting, cars hitting people, trains crashing into cars, and guns. Language is quite strong, with many uses of "f--k," "c--k," "p---y," and much more. The entire plot of the movie is based on the notion that a woman was so promiscuous in the 1970s that she doesn't know who her sons' birth father is. There's also passionate kissing, strong sexual innuendo, cleavage and people shown without their shirts, and a suggested hookup in a hotel room. A character drinks while sad; there's also social drinking and mention of "getting high." The movie relies on dumb, gross, forced humor, but it does eventually generate at least a little bit of sympathy for its characters (before an insulting epilogue). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This almost totally fails as a comedy, with broad, unfunny, dumb jokes (such as Wilson and a young boy urinating on each other), though it's marginally better during the goopy, heartwarming parts. Father Figures relies on the narrowest, laziest definitions of characters imaginable, and the humor that springs from them always seems forced, as if the jokes had been shoehorned into place. One so-called running gag is that Bradshaw constantly ignores Kyle and pays attention only to Peter. The movie never explains why, nor why that's supposed to be funny.
As Father Figures goes along, however, it seems to start caring about the two brothers. Some of the characters' exchanges without jokes come fairly close to sounding real and heartfelt. The climax is, impressively, not an easy solution, and it makes for a couple of very nice moments while the brothers process it. Perhaps this could have been better as an indie drama? (À la Jeff, Who Lives at Home, also with Helms.) Unfortunately, the movie blows its encouraging ending with an embarrassing, insulting "one year later" epilogue.
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