Getting Even With Dad (1994) had been on Channel 5 a few weeks back so I recorded it to see what it was like. Having received only 4.5 out of 10 on IMDb, I wasn’t expecting much. However this light hearted family film was a good way to spend a Sunday night. Okay I don’t have work or school or university in the morning but I do enjoy a relaxing Sunday night either way!
So, in order to watch Getting Even With Dad, I decided to recruit my Dad for the watching. Dad and I settled down with a few chocolate bars and sweets between us to watch it while Mum and Rachel were out. Dad’s opinion of the film? Answer: “Yeah, it’s fine”. That’s always his answer about anything though so I wouldn’t put much thought into it. A bit of a waste asking him to help with the viewing and reviewing, but it was nice to watch Getting Even With Dad with him. We rarely get movie nights now, so as I say it was a nice change.
Getting Even With Dad Synopsis In My Words
As the cute child of con-man Ray, Macaulay Culkin acts Timmy – a boy who only wants his dad’s attention. However his dad is in the middle of pulling off a robbery and doesn’t need a kid around to distract him. Throughout the film, Ray’s colleagues end up in stupid situations similar to the slapstick comedy associated with Home Alone. Once again, the theme of a young boy just wanting a family comes out to play. Quick question though, did all boys wear their hair that long in the 90s? I know I’m not interested in them but I swear if guys still wore their hair like that it would be enough to put me off them for the rest of my life. Ironic really when I prefer girls with long hair… Ah well, back to the review.
IMdB Synopsis of Getting Even With Dad
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.
I enjoyed Getting Even With Dad, and think I would most likely watch it several times over. It has an interesting story line and holds the interest long enough to not be reaching for my phone throughout. It’s often I get distracted during a film, looking up characters or actors, so for Getting Even With Dad to keep me engaged throughout was a success in my mind! I would call it a fairly mild family drama and crime drama, rather than a comedy, even though it does have comic elements and made me laugh a few times. Not proper laughing, more like that quick breath through your nose thing. The opposite to snorting with laughter? For example, when the father, Ted, asks “How’d you get so smart?” Macauley replies with “I don’t know. It sure doesn’t run in the family”. Little quips like that, you know?
I liked the way Glenne Headley, a rookie in the detective department, talks in that meek, mousey voice, and yet she’s always right and she cracks the whole crime while her partner demeans and disparages everything she says. Hector Elizondo has a nice turn as the detectives’ boss; he’s a reasonable man and gives them leeway to explore their theories.
Somehow I couldn’t quite believe Ted Danson as a career criminal. He doesn’t seem mean and immoral enough. But he did a good job nevertheless, and as I said previously I was engaged enough with the film for this to not bother me too much. And overall, it was a great ending! Macaulay, who has outsmarted the adults all the way along, does it one more time. I like the way he brings a moral element into the matter, refusing to condone theft.
Ever so slightly predictable and yet definitely enjoyable, I would give this a score of 8 out of 10. Remembering it’s made in the 90s, you have to be fair to them. Scripts, actors and technology have improved but I wouldn’t change anything about this film. So give it a go! Buy your copy now!