Dad

Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There's certainly much that's funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton's novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent.

With:
Jack Lemmon Ted Danson Olympia Dukakis Kathy Baker Kevin Spacey Ethan Hawke

Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent.

Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and seemingly endless verbalization of feelings diminish most of what’s good about the film.

Ted Danson has the pivotal role of Jack Lemmon’s somewhat estranged son, who returns from his sheltered world of Wall Street opulence to find his parents failing and infirm. Danson moves in with his parents to ease their final days, in the process finding new meaning in his relationship with his own college-age son (Ethan Hawke).

There’s some repartee nicely delivered by the principals, including Kathy Baker and Kevin Spacey as Danson’s sister and brother-in-law.

1989: Nomination: Best Makeup

Dad

Production: Amblin/Universal. Director Gary David Goldberg; Producer Joseph Stern, Gary David Goldberg; Screenplay Gary David Goldberg; Camera Jan Kiesser; Editor Eric Sears; Music James Horner; Art Director Jack DeGovia

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 117 MIN.

With: Jack Lemmon Ted Danson Olympia Dukakis Kathy Baker Kevin Spacey Ethan Hawke

More Film

  • 'Billionaire Boys Club' Review

    Film Review: 'Billionaire Boys Club'

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    'Crazy Rich Asians' to Top 'The Meg's' Second Weekend

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

  • Running for Grace

    Film Review: 'Running for Grace'

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

  • Love 1. Dog Review

    Sarajevo Film Review: ‘Love 1. Dog’

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg

    Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars' New Popular Film Category Controversy

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

  • Most-Anticipated Fall Movies 2018: 'A Star

    Fall Movie Preview 2018: 'Venom,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Halloween'

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

  • Aretha Franklin 1972

    Aretha on Screen: What's the Fate of Jennifer Hudson Biopic and Embattled 'Amazing Grace' Doc?

    Pic represents a promising feature directorial debut for TV producer Gary David Goldberg. There’s certainly much that’s funny, warm and endearing about Dad, which, based on William Wharton’s novel, deals with the familiar theme of a grown child resolving his sense of duty toward an ageing parent. Unfortunately, prolonged tilling of that emotional terrain and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content