December 22, 2017

R: December 22nd, 2017 | R: 113 minutes | R: R

Father Figures follows estranged twin brothers Peter (Ed Helms) and Kyle (Owen Wilson) after learning their mother (Glenn Close) has not been honest about the whereabouts of their father. The twins who presumed their father to be dead discover that their mother was influenced by all the “sex and drugs” of the 1970s and has no idea of who their father might be. She then send them on a goose chase of who he might be but is the journey your run of the mill R-rated comedy?

I think the best way of describing this film is a sexualized and adult comedy Mamma Mia. It has the same elements of the mom unsure of which one of her former suitors might be the father to her children and the entertaining adventure to find him. Although the children have doubled, changed to the male gender and there’s no singing, the formula still works. I laughed throughout the movie and felt a tinge of sadness during the sappy parts.

The film does however pull all the typical moves of a comedy of its rating. For example, completely opposite personalities of the two main characters (one straight edge and the other carefree), the use of celebrities including Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, J.K. Simmons and Christopher Walken, a near death experience and enough sex jokes to make you either double over with laughter, cringe or something somewhere in between. Father Figures does have the sentimental value to it in the end that does make it stand out among other raunchy R-rated comedy films.

Father Figures has all the pieces to appear as a mediocre raunchy comedy but it instead contains an unforeseen sweetness to it that makes it worth the watch. It takes viewers along for a silly ride on operation “Who’s Your Daddy” yet still makes you want to give your sibling a hug when it is all said and done.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Ashley Ashley (Senior Contributor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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