Imagine growing up with a particular knowledge about your family only to have it destroyed in such an unlikely manner. That’s the case for two brothers- Kyle and Peter Reynolds- as they found the truth about their father during the wedding of their mom, of all occasions!
Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, and Glenn Close star in an unlikely family comedy directed by first-time director and The Hangover veteran, Lawrence Sher. Despite being Sher’s directorial debut, the film packed loads of comedy, thrills, and surprisingly, drama in Alcon Entertainment’s comedy, Father Figures.
The Opposites in the Family
Following the family tropes, the brothers are the exact opposite of each other. Kyle (Owen Wilson) is the light-hearted, easy-going, and almost shallow brother while Peter (Ed Helms) is the focused and stiff one. They have not seen each other in four years as they are now focusing on their families. That is until they had to be reunited for the wedding of their mother, Helen Baxter (Glenn Close).
At the event, their mom revealed that their biological father did not die, as they were told growing up but instead alive somewhere else. This motivated the twins to embark on a road trip around the USA to search for their father. The decision to embark on this journey sounded ridiculous at first but the film managed to put an interesting twist to it.
Trailing back the breadcrumbs to the real identity of their biological father, the twins found something more than what they were looking for. Along with the information they uncovered is the promiscuity of their mother in the peace and love era of the 70’s. A series of mistaken identities and false hopes may seem repetitive in paper but the colorful characters provided the plot its much-needed variety.
Ridiculous, borderline pointless but surprisingly emotional. Father Figures keeps the story grounded with the portrayal of the characters and how they react with the events they come across with. Wilson and Helms’ comedic timing worked really well despite working on their first project together. The film is not perfect but it is charming in its honest ways.
Father Figures is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures and is opening exclusively at Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma Cinemas.
Director: Lawrence Sher
Cast: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close
Binge-level: 3 out of 5 stars