Dad (1989)

dad_xlg“A good driver knows when he’s not a good driver anymore.” – Jake

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (cable in the 90’s and 4 Jul 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A busy business begins to reconnect with his aging father after his mother is hospitalized.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recalled quite fondly, but haven’t seen in many years.

I remembered the basic story and the fact that it starred Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson but that was about it.

I was quite happy to rewatch it and enjoyed it a lot mostly due to the excellent performances and great chemistry of the two leads, along with Kathy Baker, Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, J.T. Walsh and Olympia Dukakis who are all fun to watch here.

Lemmon proves once again how great an actor he was because he is able to successfully play a character significantly older than he really was and make it all seem and feel so real.

I really enjoyed the message here about father-son relationships and their importance in one’s life and the way that it is presented to us is done in quite an emotional way.

The story itself is great, but I still felt that something was slightly missing that would have catapulted this to a higher level that could have made it an even better and excellent movie.

Bottom Line – Danson and Lemmon are great together. The message about the importance of strong connections between fathers and sons is a great one. Proof of how great an actor Lemmon is since he seemlessly could play someone so much older than he really was. Great supporting cast. The story is very good but was still slightly missing something to give it the push to greatness. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Though critically acclaimed for his performance, star Jack Lemmon was not Oscar nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for this theatrical feature film. Though, however, Lemmon was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for this cinema movie, but lost out to Tom Cruise for Born on the Fourth of July (1989). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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