Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: June 17, 1994 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Ted Danson and Macaulay Culkin team up as a father and son in this good-natured family flick.
Ex-con Ray Gleason (Danson), who hasn't seen his son, Timmy (Culkin), since his wife died three years before, is in the middle of planning a heist with two inept partners (Gailand Sartain and Saul Rubinek) when Timmy is unexpectedly dropped off for a week's visit.
His son's appearance puts a crimp in Ray's plans, but his little gang still goes ahead and steals some rare coins from the government.
Timmy follows the trio when they're hiding their loot on the roof of Ray's house, and takes coins to use to blackmail his disinterested father into spending some "quality time" with him.
The boy has an itinerary of fun things he wants to do and at the end of the week, he'll give them back their stash. Since Ray's cronies don't trust him or the boy, they go along on their daily excursions.
In the meantime, a novice Federal Agent (played by classy Glenne Headly, as good here as she was in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), tries to convince her boss (Hector Elizondo) that Ray and his friends are the men who stole the coins. He begrudgingly lets her tail them to see if she can gather any incriminating evidence. Even she begins to question her suspicions, when she and her partners follow there hardened criminals as they take the boy to a ball game, ice skating and to an amusement park.
There's some funny scenes as these big lugs go on double loop coaster, hang upside down at lightening speed and try to stand up on skates. There's also a nice message here, as Timmy takes over as the adult and tries to persuade his father to return the coins to the authorities.
Culkin, who has had his share of rumored problems with his own father, plays Timmy with a new maturity. He and Danson are quite good together, their affection for one another is evident in one-on-one scenes. Danson exhibits just the right amount of larceny and fatherly love.
Getting Even With Dad is a nice family comedy that gives an important message about honesty and parental responsibility, along with the laughs. It's a sweet film that everyone should enjoy.
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