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  • PG
  • 1h 57m
  • 1989
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Academy Award® winners Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis and Kevin Spacey star with Ted Danson and Ethan Hawke in this heartwarming drama about redemption, forgiveness and family. When his mother (Dukakis) is hospitalized, workaholic John Tremont (Danson) returns home to care for his estranged, aging father (Lemmon). As the two men struggle with their new roles, they slowly form an unexpected friendship and John comes to recognize what has been missing in his own life. Critically acclaimed and beloved by generations, Dad is a must-see for anyone who’s ever needed a second chance.
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Common Sense Says
'80s tearjerker portrays elderly with depth, dignity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dad is a 1989 movie about a career-centered son who returns home to assist his dying father and reconnect with his parents, siblings, and son. The elderly parents -- portrayed by Jack Lemmon and Olympia Dukakis -- are given a dignity and respect not often afforded to the elderly. The movie is a comment on life and death, family, relationships, and what all of this means and what's important in the big picture. The father suffers from the onset of dementia and senility -- his suffering and its impact on his family is rendered in a way that some might find relatable and others might find emotionally difficult to take. Some occasional mild profanity: "s--t," "piss," "goddamn," "hell." It's a tearjerker dramedy written and directed by the creator of the classic 1980s sitcom Family Ties; those familiar with that show will see similarities in style and humor between this movie and some of the more "very special episodes" of that program.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:October 27, 1989
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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