Fathers' Day (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ivan Reitman|
|Produced by||Ivan Reitman
|Written by||Francis Veber (film Les Compères)
Lowell Ganz &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum|
|Editing by||Wendy Greene Bricmont
Northern Lights Entertainment
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||98 minutes|
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 also have cameos.
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.
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- Robin Williams as Dale Putley
- Billy Crystal as Jack Lawrence
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Carrie Lawrence
- Nastassja Kinski as Collette Andrews
- Charlie Hofheimer as Scott Andrews
- Bruce Greenwood as Bob Andrews
- Charles Rocket as Russ Trainor
- Patti D'Arbanville as Shirley Trainor
- Jared Harris as Lee
- Louis Lombardi as Matt
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.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her work in the film.