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Getting Even With Dad Review

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The son of petty thief Ray (Danson), Timmy (Culkin) has been living with his aunt since his mother died. Needing a week's break, she dumps him back on Ray just as he's planning one last robbery before going straight. Being intellectually superior not only to his father, but to his dad's bungling cohorts Bobby and Carl, Timmy soon susses out the robbery, swipes the proceeds and blackmails pops into looking after him properly for the week.

★★★★

The filmmakers have crudely yanked in reminders of Culkin's earlier efforts as he cheekily rampages through his dad's apartment when left home alone, as well as outwitting two idiot thieves. The problem, however, is that Mack has grown up, lost his cutie-pie appeal and turned into a nauseating pre-teen. That, coupled with Danson's lack of big screen charisma, means the pair never capture the delicate father/son relationship the film purports to have at its core. More importantly, the feeble attempts at verbal and physical slapstick are so lacking in humour that they're embarrassing for both the players and audience.

Designed to showcase Culkin at the expense of everyone else, this will have trouble appealing to the adult contingent of the family audience it's aimed at. The suggestion from one of the thieves about hanging Timmy "off the roof by his ankles" will, however, strike a chord.

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