Fathers' Day (film)

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Fathers' Day
Fathers day poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Joel Silver
Written by Francis Veber (film Les Compères)
Lowell Ganz &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)
Starring Robin Williams
Billy Crystal
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Nastassja Kinski
Bruce Greenwood
Charles Rocket
Patti D'Arbanville
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum
Edited by Wendy Greene Bricmont
Sheldon Kahn
Silver Pictures
Northern Lights Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • May 9, 1997 (1997-05-09)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85 million
Box office $35,681,080[1]

Fathers' Day is a 1997 comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Nastassja Kinski. It is a remake of the 1983 French film Les Compères.

In the film, Collette Andrews (Kinski) enlists two former lovers, cynical lawyer Jack Lawrence (Crystal) and lonely, ex-hippie, suicidal writer Dale Putley (Williams) to help her search for her runaway teenage son Scott by telling each man that he is the father. When Jack and Dale run into each other and find out what's happening, they work together to find Scott and determine the identity of the actual father.

The film features an appearance by the musical group Sugar Ray, and Mel Gibson makes a brief uncredited cameo appearance. IMDb credits Gibson as "Scott the Body Piercer". Catherine Reitman and Jason Reitman have small roles.


Jack Lawrence is a smart-aleck lawyer who is one day visited by an ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid was his. Enter Dale Putley, a suicidal writer, meets with the same ex-girlfriend who tells him her kid is his. One day Jack and Dale meet and discover what had happened: they've been told the same story and now there's a question of who the real father is. They learn their son is following the rock band Sugar Ray around. So Jack and Dale hit the road to Sacramento and find their drunk, lovestruck son. Soon after they bring him back to their hotel room, their son escapes and Jack and Dale must use teamwork to find him again, bring him home, and find out which one of them is the real father.



In South Africa, Fathers' Day was released as What's Up Pop's?, a title the distributor decided would be more appropriate for the local market. The name was subsequently changed to What's Up Pops? for DVD release, when they realized the apostrophe had been used incorrectly.


The film received generally negatives critics and unsuccessful with audiences. Fathers' Day holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 59 reviews.[2]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her work in the film, where she lost to Alicia Silverstone for Batman & Robin.[3]


  1. ^ "Father's Day - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fathers' Day". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Home of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation". Razzies.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 

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