Father Figures Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this comedy about two fraternal twin brothers, who, upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, hit the road in order to find him.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Warner – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 113 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Ving Rhames, Katt Williams, Christopher Walken
Directed by: Lawrence Sher
Music by: Rob Simonsen
Written by: Justin Malen
Region Code: A

Release Date: April 3, 2018

“Finding Their Father Would be a Family Miracle”

My Take:

Fraternal twins Kyle and Peter accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. The kindly man in the photo on their mantle isn’t their father after all, but an invention their mother (Glenn Close) concocted to conceal the truth: that she actually doesn’t know who their real father is. See, it was the seventies, and things were crazy, and…well, you know. Armed with only a handful of clues, the brothers resolve to find the mystery man in what results in a wild road trip of discovery and revelations—about their mother, themselves and each other.

I am not really certain exactly what the filmmaking team was striving for with Father Figures. At one moment it looks to be straight up situational tomfoolery, at another, brotherly love, put to the test on a road trip, in order to find one another. The script isn’t strong enough to deliver both, so, what you get is comedy that can’t sustain its overabundance of elements. The result is a series of gags, woven together, that, due to their lack of cohesiveness, feel forced, and far from fresh.

Aside from Wilson and Helms, the list of actors featured, phone in their various cameos, serving to add another disappointing element to the proceedings. While there are sporadic chuckles, the truth is that Father Figures is too long, not especially funny and is far from achieving any sort of emotional response. It’s a swing and miss that falls into the forgettable road trip comedy category.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for language and sexual references throughout.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Father Figures comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

High definition detail is notable as images are firmly resolved, with defining sharpness and dimensional depth. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation tonal warmth and vibrant textures. Fleshtones appear descriptive with discernible complexional variety that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Contrast is well balanced which enriches both light and dark onscreen elements.

The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however it has moments where it comes to life and reproduces the source elements with aplomb. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is very good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. This soundtrack isn’t demonstration worthy but for a comedy it readily delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.

Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Father Figures is an ineffectual and poorly conceived comedy that wastes a talented cast and nearly two hours. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and an abysmal supplemental set. For those desirous of checking it out Father Figures is best reserved for viewing when it comes to cable TV.


Ralph Potts
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