Invisible Dad

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Low-budget '90s slapstick with mildly risqué scenes.
  • PG
  • 1997
  • 90 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Fixing your mistakes; telling the truth.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dad cares about son's homework and school performance, encourages learning for the sake of it, as well as doing the right thing. Son is mostly well-behaved, curious, interested in inventions but spends an inordinate amount of time looking at women in bikinis. He shoplifts to try to save his dad but knows it's wrong. An architect steals designs and passes them off as his own but faces consequences.

Violence

Guy slams head on podium; guy punched by invisible man; guy punches invisible man.

Sex

A guy falls on a woman, ripping off her dress as he stumbles and revealing her slip underneath; son shows a magazine spread of a woman in bikini to dad; watches a TV show where women in bikinis splash in a pool; son mocks dad, saying he flunked the class on trying to pick up chicks; a woman in a bikini is conjured by magic into boy's bedroom.

Language

"Hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigar smoking in one scene; wine at a restaurant; champagne at a celebration; man sips flask in a few scenes; cocktails at a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Invisible Dad is a highly improbable, groan-worthy, low-budget movie about a kid who accidently renders his father invisible, and it ends up being far more inadvertently hilarious than it ever could have intended. This late-1990s flop features terrible special effects, mostly terrible acting, a needlessly convoluted plot, and some risqué scenes, such as when a tween boy lusts after women in bikinis and a man rips a woman's dress off as he grabs on to her to break his fall (she's wearing a slip). There's light adult drinking and a few instances of profanity ("hell"). The film attempts to impart some positive messages about learning for the sake of it and fighting for yourself when you've been wronged, but mostly it's a spectacle of B-movie antics that are almost so bad they're good.

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What's the story?

Doug (William Meyers) and his dad, Andrew (Daran Norris), have just moved to a new house and a new town where Dad has landed a new architecture gig. Doug finds a strange machine in the garage that turns his dad invisible just as his dad lands a big account to prove his design skills. Now Doug and Dad must find a solution to this problem while keeping everyone, including Doug's teacher, who has a crush on Dad, in the dark.

Is it any good?

By conventional standards, this is a terrible movie. The acting is green and strangely overdone, the plot is amateurish, and the invisibility is barely a notch above hats and jackets held by fishing wire. There's a 1990s risqué quality to the film, with a son obsessed with pretty women in bikinis splashing in pools and characters drinking throughout. It sets a new low bar for movies featuring invisible characters, but there's also a so-bad-it's-good charm here in the sheer spectacle of the slapdash way it's put together. Parents may groan, but young kids might appreciate the silliness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movies where characters are invisible. Why do you think they're so popular?

  • What would you do if you were invisible? What would be the bad parts about it?

  • Have you ever seen a really good movie about invisibility? What was it? How does it compare to Invisible Dad?

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