Parents' Guide to

Getting Even with Dad

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Comedic violence, language, smoking in dated family comedy.

Movie PG 2021 109 minutes
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Panned upon original release, this family comedy doesn't ever quite get off the ground. Yet, despite its dated characters, roles, and representations, there is a certain '90s charm to Getting Even with Dad, and by the time the end finally sorts itself out, most viewers will be happy that love and family win out. But of course, that was never in doubt and knowing this slows down the proceedings greatly.

Some viewers may feel impatient waiting through all the montages, silly side escapades, and the throwaway romantic plotline. The makers of the film surely wanted to showcase Macaulay Culkin and give him room to shine, but for some reason, he comes across as stiff here, unlike his carefree wildness in Home Alone. Ted Danson does well to embody the ex-con, Ray, but his two friends often come across as cartoonish (especially Carl) and unrealistic. Further, Theresa is underused, often told to dress and behave more "like a woman," and only deployed for a romantic plotline that thankfully goes nowhere.

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