Father Hood

1993

Adventure / Comedy

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IMDb Rating 4.9

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Reviewed by Bob-45 7

&quot;Father Hood&quot; is an overlooked little gem of a &quot;road movie&quot;. Fine performances by Halle Berry, Sabina Lloyd and Brian Bonsall, two really fun &quot;over-the-top&quot; ones by Diane Ladd and Michael Ironside,<br/><br/>and a downright outstanding one from Patrick Swayze. The movie is helped by an unconventional storyline, but badly undercut by it&#39;s flashback framing which results in a formulamatic, abrupt ending. &quot;Father Hood&quot; would have worked MUCH better without these &quot;bookends&quot;. Nevertheless, the movie brings up important issues of &quot;family responsibilities&quot; and the consequences of state intervention. As long as the foster system rewards state institutions for NOT placing children, such abuses will exist.<br/><br/>Pick this one up. It&#39;s worth the &quot;ride.&quot;

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Reviewed by Chrysanthepop 7

Alright, so &#39;Father Hood&#39; is not the perfect movie. There have been many of its kind. It isn&#39;t devoid of plot holes and is predictable. However, it&#39;s also an entertaining road movie about an ex-con, Jack, on the run with his kids (Sabrina Lloyd) who were treated harshly (their hands were cuffed and they were abused) in a detention center). The only person on their side is feisty journalist Kathleen Mercer (Halle Berry) who tries to convince Jack to give her an interview (providing information against the youth detention center) and she&#39;ll work out a deal for him so that his sentence is reduced. Jack also drops by his mother&#39;s (Diane Ladd) in Las Vegas.<br/><br/>Okay, so it&#39;s not anything new but that doesn&#39;t mean it can&#39;t be fun. Shot in a typical early 90&#39;s style, Darrell Roodt catches the cross country landscape effectively. The performances are good too. The late Patrick Swayze is brilliant as the reluctant dad. Sabrina Lloyd is cute and vivacious. Brian Bonsall can be annoying at times (but then again his character was a cliché). Halle Berry is charming in her limited screen time.<br/><br/>&#39;Father Hood&#39; holds some nostalgic value for me and it was nice to go back to memory lane for a while. The way to enjoy this one it to take it for what it is.

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Reviewed by millennia-2 7

This is one of those rare comedies that would&#39;ve worked better as a drama. Possibly that&#39;s because, as a comedy, there isn&#39;t a single laugh, but the movie had a good dramatic premise, along the lines of Rain Man almost. The film&#39;s biggest fault, besides the dreaful, unfocused script, is the mediocre acting. Swayze is decidedly wooden, a sign that even he knew the film had little hope, and doesn&#39;t even attempt to breath any life into the bland film. The two actors who played his kids, Sabrina Lloyd (a 23 year old playing a 10 year old) and Brian Bonsall, don&#39;t fare much better. Though neither of them had roles that had any sense of depth, they still manage to disappoint, though at times Bonsall does hint that he has the makings of a Culkin like star. The film&#39;s sole redeeming performance comes from then-unknown Halle Berry, playing a reporter. Though her role is a small one, it is pivotal to the story, and it&#39;s clear why she became such a big star afterward.<br/><br/>Another problem with &#39;Father Hood&#39;, is that the lead character, played by Swayze, isn&#39;t the least bit likeable. If their intentions for the movie were for it to be a family film, it&#39;s unneccesarily dark and violent, but as a serious action/comedy, it&#39;s just too bland and boring. Pass on this one, it isn&#39;t entirely bad, but it&#39;s pretty close. For serious Swayze fans only.

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