Father Figures (2017) Movie Review

Director: Lawrence Sher

Writer: Justin Malen (Screenplay)

Starring: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bdrashaw, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close

Plot: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.

Tagline – Are you our daddy?

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Basic Comedy

Story: Father Figures starts as twins Kyle (Wilson) and Peter (Helms) are returning home for their mother’s wedding Helen (Close), only on this day, Peter learns that the man he thinks is his father, isn’t the man they thought he was, now the two go in search for their real father, which sees them heading off to meet American Football legend Terry Bradshaw.

Only Terry isn’t their father and the men continue their search to see who their father is, which takes them on a trip around America putting the clues together to who was the man that got their mother pregnant.

Thoughts on Father Figures

Characters – Peter has always lived his life by the book, he is a doctor, been through a divorce going into a closed life spending his free time watch Law and Order until he learns that his father isn’t who he thought he was and he wants answers, he isn’t like his twin brother, he isn’t as free thinking or laidback, he needs everything in order. Kyle got lucky with his money, he has always been a free thinking, lucky in the eyes of Peter, he has always taken life a lot less serious than Peter and joins his brother on learn who their father is. Helen is their mother who has just got married and reveals the truth about their father. Sadly, we don’t spend enough time with all the different potential father’s, each one has their own quirks, though we don’t meet them enough.

PerformancesEd Helms and Owen Wilson don’t seem to have the chemistry that you would imagine their could, they often are better at playing the same role, rather than pushing one into playing a role that doesn’t work to their strengths. We might have a few bigger names in the potential father roles and Glenn Close do well without getting enough screen time to shine.

StoryThe story here follows twin brothers that go in search of their real father after learning the story their mother told wasn’t the truth, which sees them bonding and travelling around the country in search for answers. This does have a serious side, it does put the spotlight on who to consider parents, the person that made you or raised you, it shows brothers can stay together even over the worst of times, only it gets covered up with way too many forced jokes which don’t fit the situation the two are going through.

ComedyThe comedy here does feel more forced than anything, it does the basics right, only too many moments seem like they are being forced for an extra moment in the situation.

SettingsThe film does take us around America, mostly though different homes which could contain their father.

Scene of the Movie – The Ferrari.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It did seem to be on repeat with each situation or potential father.

Final Thoughts This is a simple comedy that doesn’t seem to get enough out of the heart in the film, while not capturing enough of the chemistry required for the two brothers.

Overall: Simple Comedy

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – T – Thumper (2017) Movie Review

Director: Jordan Ross

Writer: Jordan Ross (Screenplay)

Starring: Eliza Taylor, Pablo Schreiber, Daniel Webber, Ben Feldman, Lena Headey, Grant Harvey, Jazzy De Lisser

Plot: Teens in a low income neighborhood are lured into working for a violent and dangerous drug dealer. When a new girl harboring a dark secret arrives in town, their relationship jeopardizes everything.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Typical Crime Film

Story: Thumper starts as we meet high school student Beaver (Webber) who moves into the drug dealing to make some extra cash, he starts to become close to one of the girls Kat (Taylor) in his class, as we get to see just how many people in the school will be selling and using the drugs.

Kat has her own secret though, she is undercover, trying to crack the drug ring in the area, with her walking into the dealers with ease, she wants to take down the supplier Wyatt (Schreiber) who has his own way to solve problems in his business.

Thoughts on Thumper

Characters – Kat is an undercover narc officer in a high school, she gets close to the dealers, while trying to get higher up the ladder in search for the people behind the supply, she is also trying to balance a personal life which sees her being a separate mother, finding herself losing that part of her life. Wyatt is the supplier, a former military man who has turned to the life of crime, he controls the students to do his work, always out to eliminate any of the problems in his life. Beaver is the student Kat gets close to, he has his reasons for being part of the gang, he fits in within the group being one of the few places he feels comfortable in, though it always feels like somebody is taking advantage of him.

PerformancesEliza Taylor in the leading role is fine, she does show the pain of the separation, but struggles with the high school behaviour. Pablo Schreiber as the aggressive dominating drug dealer is the strongest part of the film, with Daniel Webber giving us a solid sympatric performance.

StoryThe story here follows a determined cop who is undercover with a high school drug ring trying to take down the problem which has been growing in the area, only she sees her own life start to fall apart. This story does follow every crime story of an undercover officer getting too close to one person just before the bust which will see the friendships shattered. The story will give us nothing new, we know how everything will unfold and by the end you will be left thinking we could find other films doing the same thing, only better.

CrimeThe crime world we are thrown into shows us just how drugs will consume people with power.

SettingsThe film shows us how the people who are involved in the drug world are more often than not from the poorer neighbourhoods and it is their only escape.

Scene of the Movie – The struggles Kat has away from the crime world.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It is nothing original.

Final Thoughts This is a bland crime film that we have seen before and offers us nothing new to the genre.

Overall: Been here Seen it.