Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 17, 1995 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Three single dads take part in the Friday ritual of exchanging kids with their ex-wives for the weekend. It's family life in American. The weekend is a frantic juggle for the fathers who have custody for 48 hours each week. This sad comment on present life styles is the basis for a comedy by Director Sam Weisman.
The beginning of the film is a flat, dull situation comedy a la TV, with boring lines forced from the cast. But Weisman, as he works the film, produces a better than average comedy by mid-film and by the end, when it gets a little serious, it works find.
Dave (Matthew Modine) has three young children, a beautiful girlfriend and his eye on every other female he comes near. Donny (Paul Reiser) has trouble communicating with his teenage daughter and he remains in love with his former wife who has remarried. Vic (Randy Quaid) has two children and has had only two dates in the last year.
Reiser's character is the most likable and Susan, (Amy Brenneman) Dave's wife, is the most attractive player. They are destined to come together and they are perfect when they do. Quaid steals the show. He is cynical and has no use for relationships with new woman. When he does decide to date again, he takes a blind dat with Lucille (Janeane Garofalo - The Larry Sander Show). The evening is a nightmare for Vic when Lucille takes hours to decide what to eat and accuses him of treating her like a cow rather than a women. The comic misunderstandings and Vic's hopeless efforts to make the evening work are the best comedy in the film.
The three fathers are symbols of many dads in the 90s who are lost in the dating syndrome after being married and living with a family. The result is a comical view of the silliness and a mildly serious peek at the effects on everyone involved.
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