When one combines two world-renown comedians in a movie, expectations are always high. Despite the promising trailer for Father Figures, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms did not live up to those expectations.
The movie, although a rated R, was extremely childish. This would a slightly funny movie for a 13-year-old slumber party, though not for anyone over 17.
The purpose of the film was to be a comedy involving two brothers attempting to find their lost father. However, it proved difficult to determine whether the movie was meant to be a comedy or a drama regarding the reunion of the two siblings. Had the writers, producers and actors solely focused on the reunion of two brothers without including bad jokes, they may have had a movie on their hands. However, with the incredible amount of sophomoric humor, the movie fell short.
The amount of unpredictable and unrealistic events made the movie very hard to follow. There is a single scene in particular in which a train hits the two brothers’ car (Wilson and Helms), and only one of the brothers jumps out of the car on time. However, the other brother somehow miraculously survives being hit by a train at full speed. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing funny about an unrealistic train crash.
Who’s at fault here? The writers. The movie had a reputable cast and had a plot with the potential to be very funny. However, every joke fell flat. Besides the writers’ idea of uniting the bond between the two brothers, there were no other redeeming elements.
The movie was a total flop, and if someone has two hours on their hand, don’t spend it watching this movie, unless you’re into unfunny jokes.