Taglines: The ultimate paternity quest.
Peter Reynolds (Ed Helms) is a physician who spends his days performing rectal exams on his patients. He’s also divorced and his son Ethan (Zachary Haven) has little respect for him. Peter takes Ethan to attend the wedding of his mother Helen Baxter (Glenn Close). Peter’s twin brother Kyle (Owen Wilson) is there with his pregnant girlfriend Kaylani (Jessica Gomes). Peter resents Kyle for living frivolously due to receiving royalties for including his image on bottles of hot sauce.
After the ceremony, Peter is watching an episode of the TV show “Law and Order” when he notices one of the actors looks familiar to him. After being told that their father died of colon cancer (which is what drove Peter to pick the job he has now), he suspects that his father may actually still be alive because the actor on the show has a birthmark similar to what Helen told the guys their dad had. Helen eventually admits that she lied about their father because she felt that their real dad wasn’t fit enough to raise them. After Peter angrily presses Helen for more information, she relents and says their dad could be Terry Bradshaw. Peter gets excited because he idolized Terry growing up. Knowing he lives in Miami, Peter and Kyle make a trip to go find him.
On the plane ride to Miami, Kyle tries to play matchmaker for Peter with a stewardess. Peter is hesitant despite not being in a relationship with anyone since his ex-wife. Kyle wants to make it a side goal on their trip for Peter to get laid. The brothers go to a stadium where Terry is having a meet-and-greet. Peter takes out a picture of Helen and shows it to Terry, leading him to reminisce fondly (and sexually) about Helen, which causes him to believe he really is Peter and Kyle’s father.
Terry invites them to his house and later plays catch on the beach with Peter. When Kyle is thrown the ball, he runs to catch but gets knocked on his ass by Terry’s friend Rod Hamilton (Ving Rhames). He also has pleasant, steamy memories of Helen. When Peter mentions a trip that Helen supposedly went on with Terry to Australia around the time of the guys’ conception, Terry mentions that she never went with her, so he couldn’t be their father. Terry and Rod mention a man that Helen later dated named Roland Hunt (J.K. Simmons), whom Rod thinks Peter resembles.
Peter and Kyle head off to find Roland. While outside his house, Roland approaches them with a gun, thinking they are burglars. He drops it when the guys mention Helen. Roland invites them inside with his wife (June Squibb). When the guys mention they might be his sons, Roland goes into the kitchen and goes nuts at the thought of being their dad. After calming down, Roland goes to the guys and asks them for help with something.
The three go to the home of a wealthy neighbor because Roland wants to steal his Ferrari. The man and his wife go outside to see this happening, and Roland runs off to leave Peter and Kyle. However, Roland has a change of heart and goes back for them, only to get hit when the guys actually try to make off with the Ferrari.
The guys take Roland to the hospital. The doctors tell them that after a blood transfusion, they found that Roland’s blood type does not match the guys, meaning he can’t be their father. The guys go into Roland’s room to apologize for what happened. He tells them he realized he couldn’t be their father because around the time that they were conceived, he was in jail after another one of Helen’s boyfriends, “Sparkly P”, ratted Roland out for possessing cocaine. The guys figure Sparkly P could be their real dad.
While driving to find the man, the guys encounter a hitchhiker (Katt Williams). They pick him up and head to the man’s destination, only for their car to get stranded in the middle of nowhere at night. Peter and Kyle start to argue, with Peter resenting Kyle for why he thinks his life sucks. Moments later, a train starts to approach, and they are sitting on the train tracks. Peter gets the hitchhiker out, but Kyle is stuck in the car. The train collides with the car, and Peter fears that Kyle is dead until he emerges from the distance and runs to Peter. They hug until Kyle punches Peter in the face for leaving him there.
Father Figures (known as Who’s Your Daddy? in the United Kingdom) is a 2017 American comedy film, directed by Lawrence Sher (in his directorial debut), written by Justin Malen, and starring Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Christopher Walken, and Glenn Close. The film follows two adult brothers who set out to find their biological father. Principal photography began on October 5, 2015, in Atlanta, and the film was released in the United States on December 22, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was poorly reviewed by critics, who called it devoid of “energy or purpose”
Father Figures (2017)
Directed by: Lawrence Sher
Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Jessica Gomes, Ann McKenzie
Screenplay by: Justin Malen
Production Design by: Stephen H. Carter
Cinematography by: John Lindley
Film Editing by: Dana E. Glauberman
Set Decoration by: Jeanette Scott
Art Direction by: Jeremy Woolsey
Music by: Rob Simonsen
MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual references throughout.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 22, 2017