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Getting Even with Dad (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 17 June 1994 (USA)
A thief's son cons his father into spending more time with him.

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Howard Deutch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Timmy
Ted Danson ... Ray
Glenne Headly ... Theresa
Saul Rubinek ... Bobby
Gailard Sartain ... Carl
Sam McMurray ... Alex
Hector Elizondo ... Lt. Romayko
Sydney Walker Sydney Walker ... Mr. Wankmueller
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Kitty
Dann Florek ... Wayne
Ron Canada ... Zinn
Ralph Peduto ... Chapman
Bert Kinyon ... Guard
Melvin Thompson Melvin Thompson ... Guard
Danny James Hunter Danny James Hunter ... Armored Car Driver (as Danny Hunter)
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Storyline

Ray, an ex-con and widower, is planning a coin heist with two accomplices to help him to buy his own bakery. However, he doesn't expect his son Timmy, who was living with Ray's sister, to show up at the house right in the middle of planning. Timmy is ignored and Ray and his buddies pull off the heist. Timmy gets his father's attention by stealing the coins and hiding them. To get them back, his father must take him to a number of different places and treat him like he enjoys his presence. They grow fond of each other but Timmy won't stay with his dad unless he gives up the coins. Written by <ToMWoo@Aol.com>

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Timmy's not getting mad he's... Getting Even With Dad. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me las vas a pagar papá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,579,480, 19 June 1994

Gross USA:

$18,869,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,869,594
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the roller coaster Timmy, Raymond, Robert, and Carl just got off is Speed Demon which was referring to Macaulay Culkin's close friend Michael Jackson's hit song. See more »

Goofs

The list of coins shown in the printout during the opening credits are relatively common coins and as described with major flaws, would be a collection worth only a few thousand dollars-a far cry from the $1.5 million used in the story line. The $20 gold piece shown in closeup during the credits is far from an in-circulated example, so it is a coin worth little more than the price of an ounce of gold. Also, if they removed the coins from their new PCGS holders and sold them "raw", whatever their value, they would be worth substantially less than as "certified" in their holders. See more »

Quotes

Timmy: [finds a bra on the car seat and holds it up] Is this one of yours? Ooh la la!
Ray Gleason: [sarcastically] That's very funny.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Pagemaster (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Love Me?
Written by Berry Gordy
Performed by The Contours
Courtesy of
Motown Record Company L.P.
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What a Disaster!
12 February 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Getting Even with Dad

Awful story about a smart-a$$ed kid (Macaulay Culkin) who goes to live with his crook of a father (Ted Danson) and ends up stealing his father's (and accomplices') stash of money they've stolen from a bank. He promises to give it back if his dad hangs out with him and treats him like most sons.

There's a lot of feuding between father and son in this dismal and unfortunate tale that tries to prove kids are smarter than their parents and can control them with a bit of blackmail. If this movie had been released thirty years ago...I can only imagine what parents would have done to the copies.

Besides, apart from the stupid message of the film, it's just a bad movie. Macaulay Culkin has finally outgrown his childhood and for once the critics started to notice he couldn't act (like he ever could! He got lucky with "Home Alone"--it was good because of Pesci and the rest of the cast, not him). Danson is equally annoying in the role of his father, who seems to have been born without a personality. Yes, Danson is very watered down in this movie. To be honest, I don't blame him--this is the type of stuff that belongs on made-for-TV movies. You know your career has hit rock-bottom when you're in something like this.

And just think, this was made somewhere around ten years ago.

What a disaster.

* / *****


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