By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Owen Wilson just can’t help himself. After recently starring in the dramatic and inspirational movie, “Wonder, he’s back in familiar, surfer dude territory in the loopy, R-rated comedy, “Father Figures.”
Cinematographer Lawrence Sher (“Godzilla”) makes his directorial debut with “Father Figures” and Justin Malen (“Office Christmas Party”) wrote this offbeat road-trip comedy.
Here’s the set up. Kyle Reynolds (Wilson) plays the take-life-as-it-comes character. In other words being responsible is low on his priority list. Kyle skates by on his charm and good looks which women can’t seem to resist as he’s always pulling those who are way out of his league. Peter (Ed Helms, “Kevin Hart: What Now?”), Kyle’s fraternal twin brother, is much more serious about everything. He’s a respected, but unhappy proctologist.
Surprisingly as different as Kyle and Peter are, there is a close, weird bond between them.
When they visit their mother (a funny Glenn Close, “The Wilde Wedding”) and inquire about their father—who they were told was deceased—they get a big surprise.
That’s because mom tells the guys that back in the day, during the 1970s she was a real free-spirit and slept with lots of rich and powerful men. So she lied to them about their birth and their father’s death.
Not only is Kyle and Peter’s father alive, but he’s former NFL star Terry Bradshaw (FOX NFL Sunday”) who lives in Miami and is unaware of Kyle and Peter.
Kyle and Peter set out to find Terry—who is very funny-here--and when they do they hit it off well. However, the more they talk about their lives with Terry’s former colleague, Rod Hamilton (Ving Rhames, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2”), who was also very “close” to their mother, Terry is convinced they couldn’t possibly be his sons.
He tells them that their father is a guy that nobody liked named Roland Hunt (J.K. Simmons, “Justice League”). Turns out Roland is a real loser. He still lives with his mother (June Squibb, “Table 19”) and is a shady guy who gets Kyle and Peter caught up in one of his illegal schemes.
Kyle and Peter also discover veterinarian Dr. Walter Tinkler (Christopher Walken, “Eddie the Eagle”) could be their father too.
What a mess for them to sort through. But it’s a funny and downright hilarious series of events especially when their travels lead them to a black hitchhiker (Katt Williams, “Last Friday”) who they’re unafraid to even make eye contact with. They give him a ride, but not before tying him up fearing he could be a serial killer.
Williams 15 minutes of screen time kicks “Father Figures” up a few notches as he goes on a tirade about Kyle and Peter’s relationship. It’s good to see the comic back in stride again and bringing the laughs to this trippy raunchfest.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.