Like Father Like Son (1987)


“I was thinking of something a little more personal and a lot more private.” – Ginnie Armbruster

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 18 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A respected surgeon and his teenage son unexpectedly switch bodies which causes complications in both of their lives.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing as a kid but didn’t remember much of it besides the overall premise and the two lead actors.

The premise is done in a fun way and works better than some of the other films make with a similar body switching theme.

Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron are both great choices as these characters since they each can play the teenage and adult aspects of the characters quite well.

The biggest problem is that it’s really hard to believe that they are really meant to be father and son because they are so very different in so many ways.

The story places these characters in some fun and humorous situations and positions that are great to watch.

Unfortunately, the way that the story itself unfolds is quite silly and that hurts things too much because one can’t really take the story more seriously in the way it’s presented here.

Bottom Line – Fun premise that works better than some of the other incarnations of this kind of film. Moore and Cameron were perfect choices for these roles because they both are able to play both the teenage and adult personalities of their characters. The story is able to place these characters in some fun positions and situations that are enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately, the story itself is a bit too silly for its own good and that takes away from the way that things come across here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Star Dudley Moore was immediately smitten with Like Father Like Son (1987). Moore said: “The idea of swapping bodies appealed to me, and it was a good excuse to be a kid again . . . although I don’t need an excuse. It was just a fun story. I had been sixteen years old once, and I don’t pretend to be a professional adult. I really didn’t play a sixteen year old. I think that would have been mildly boring. So, instead of going for accuracy, we went for the fun of the situation. I was playing an attitude, not an age”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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One thought on “Like Father Like Son (1987)

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