Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Aug 2009 and 2 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A divorcee father takes his daughter on an island getaway, but her teen angst causes many people to get the wrong impression about their relationship.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw over a decade ago and didn’t remember much about it at all.
The premise itself is quite silly and fails to work as well as one might hope that it could.
Gerard Depardieu plays the clueless divorcee father quite well and he has some fun line,s but overall the story allows itself to go in some very strange directions which causes things to get completely out of control.
Katherine Heigl shows that even as a teenager she was a talented actress but her character gets much too annoying all too quickly.
This is largely due to the strange antics that she ends up doing in order to make people believe that she is much older than she truly is.
The film’s setting in the tropics is fun to look and helps things slightly.
Unfortunately once things get moving, the jokes are all of the same connotation and become all too predictable and overbearing because they all imply the same thing.
Even in the days before #metoo, this kind of humor had a place, but they take things much too far here and it hurts things more than helps them because it feel much too inappropriate the whole way through.
Bottom Line – Pretty silly film that doesn’t work as well as one might hope. Depardieu does a nice job as the clueless divorced father, but things get a bit too much out of control here. Heigl shows promise even as a teen, but her character gets annoying quite quickly especially due to her antics. The setting works but most of the jokes are much too predictable and the aura of something inappropriate hurts things film more than helps it because there is only so much one can joke about things in a story like this one.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gérard Depardieu offered to sing a song on the soundtrack for the credits as he had for Mon Pere Ce Heros (1991). Instead, the Screenwriters begged him to perform “Thank Heavens for Little Girls” during a talent show. It was later referred to as the funniest scene in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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