Movie Review: FATHER FIGURES (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

FATHER FIGURES marks the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Lawrence Sher from a screenplay written by Justin Malen. The film stars Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as fraternal twins Kyle and Peter who accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. It also stars J.K. Simmons, comedian Katt Williams, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-actor Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, Jack McGee and June Squibb, with Oscar winner Christopher Walken and Glenn Close as Kyle and Peter’s mother.

Fraternal twins Kyle and Peter accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. The kindly man in the photo on their mantle isn’t their father after all, but an invention their mother (Glenn Close) concocted to conceal the truth: that she actually doesn’t know who their real father is. See, it was the seventies, and things were crazy, and…well, you know. Armed with only a handful of clues, the brothers resolve to find the mystery man in what results in a wild road trip of discovery and revelations—about their mother, themselves and each other.

The movie follows Kyle who is a laid back hippie-type who thinks he’s in touch with the universe and Peter who is uptight and doesn’t have a good relationship with his son. What happens is, the two brothers decide to take a road trip to meet their long-lost biological father who just happens to be Terry Bradshaw. They end up meeting him (and his friend Rod, played by Ving Rhames) but through some rough conversation they realize that he isn’t their father but they receive a hint of who it could possibly be so they move on to the next stop. Here they meet Roland Hunt (J.K. Simmons), a low life scoundrel who gets them in a little trouble during their encounter where they find out that he also isn’t their father.

The brothers end up getting another lead that ends up sending them to the funeral of Officer O’Callaghan (Jack McGee) where they also draw some unwanted attention from some of the family members but they find out that this man also isn’t their father. There’s also an extremely polite hitchhiker (Katt Williams) who comes along for the ride for a brief period but he doesn’t have much to do with the brother’s story. All of this weird chaos ends up leading them all the way back home to Dr. Walter Tinkler (Christopher Walken), their mother’s neighbor who they think could be their long-lost father. Waiting for them is their loving mother and the good doctor who finally reveals the truth to who Kyle and Peter’s real father actually is and it comes with a huge shocker. In the end, Kyle and Peter didn’t really find who they were searching for on their journey but it did bring them closer together as a family.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Father Figures was an okay watch but unfortunately it fell flat in a number of ways. Even though it’s not as dirty or foul-mouthed as similar comedies like The Hangover movies, Dirty Grandpa and We’re the Millers, it’s still lacking in the laughs department and sadly there’s not enough chemistry between the characters to help it out much. The concept for Father Figures was interesting but everything else about the movie was pretty much mediocre at best. The cast was the most impressive part about the movie and to waste this much talent is severely unfortunate because it had so much potential. The movie tried too hard with its humor and failed most of the time but it did shift gears close to the end and get a little serious and I ended up liking this part the most. It had a little heart there at the end but it still wasn’t enough to salvage the watch. Father Figures will be available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Combo Pack on April 3rd and is okay for a one time watch.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 113 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1 / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include ten deleted scenes, gag reel and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted Scenes (21:09)
  • Hilarious Gag Reel (04:26)
  • Digital Copy

 

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