J.K. Simmons and former pro football player Terry Bradshaw, who is playing himself, are potential father figures to Owen Wilson and Ed Helms’ characters. Wilson and Helms play brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.
The brothers’ mother Helen Baxter (portrayed Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young.
“I’m not sure who your father was,” she says, “Back then, monogamy was not our top priority.”
When confronted by the brothers, Simmons’ character begins breaking glass and declaring, “There’s no way those jackasses are my kids.”
Asked about the name Helen Baxter, Bradshaw responds: “Talk about a blast from the past…she damn near cost us the Super Bowl.”
The trio later tracks down one of Bradshaw’s ex-teammates, played by Ving Rhames, who says of the name Helen Baxter, “It does more than ring a bell.”
Lawrence Sher, who was the cinematographer for the “Hangover” films, directs from a screenplay by Justin Malen. Producers are Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, and Ali Bell. Chris Fenton and Chris Cowles are executive producing.
“Father Figures” opens on Dec. 22. Watch the trailer below: