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Father and Guns (2009)

De père en flic (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 9 January 2010 (USA)
They are father and son. They are both cops. And they are about to work together as a team. Trouble is... neither can stand the sight of the other. Jacques and Marc have been paired up in ... See full summary »

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Émile Gaudreault
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Côté ... Jacques Laroche
Louis-José Houde ... Marc Laroche
Rémy Girard ... Charles Bérubé
Caroline Dhavernas ... Geneviève
Robin Aubert ... Gilbert B ouchard
Patrick Drolet ... Tim Bérubé
Luc Senay ... Père Mamours - Simon
Pierre Collin ... Père Mamours - Antoine
Normand D'Amour ... Père Rockeur - Roberto
Patrice Coquereau ... Père Moi - Langis
Joachim Tanguay Joachim Tanguay ... Fils Mou - Junior
Jonathan Gagnon Jonathan Gagnon ... Fils Mamours - Benoît
Frédéric Paquet Frédéric Paquet ... Fils Froc - Maxime
Clermont Jolicoeur Clermont Jolicoeur ... Fils Punk - Jules
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Simard
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Storyline

They are father and son. They are both cops. And they are about to work together as a team. Trouble is... neither can stand the sight of the other. Jacques and Marc have been paired up in order to save the life of a brother officer who has been kidnapped by a biker gang. The success of their mission hinges on a lawyer in crisis. Charles Bérubé may be the bikers' legal representative, but his conscience is giving him such a bad time that he looks ready to betray his clients to the forces of law and order. Jacques and Marc go undercover to get up close and personal with their target. Will they gain Bérubé's trust? Will they coax him into baring his troubled conscience and all the information it contains? The film combines the strengths of a great, classic comedy cop thriller with a hilarious study of a dysfunctional, father-son relationship. Written by Sydney Levine

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Father and Guns See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, Marc 'Louis-José Houde'qv 's friend is named Jeff. This could be a reference to Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006), in which Louis-José Houde had a small role as Jeff the pathologist. Coincidently, both films are police/comedy flicks. See more »

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Remade as Père fils thérapie! (2016) See more »

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De père en pire....
30 December 2009 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

After the box-office success locally of Bon Cop, Bad Cop, there is now a will in the Quebec Province to replicate the success of the funny crime thrillers, which have been so popular and successful in Hollywood (Lethal Weapons, Rush Hours, Bad Boys and so many more). Basically, mix some action and fun scenes and make a product that's not meant to be taken entirely seriously.

Unfortnately, where Bon Cop, Bad Cop shined with a cool cinematography, evocative characters personified by great actors with chemistry and scenes that were hilarious, De Père en flic has little of that. Louis-José Houde is simply not credible as a cop, and is simply not as funny in a full role as he could be in a cameo or as a stand-up comedian. Michel Côté is better but has very little to work with. Rémy Girard is a wonderful actor but here, seems to go through the motion and repeat his character from "Les Boys". Finally, the very pretty Caroline Dhavernas is totally lacking any credibility as a cop and annoys us with her wooden acting. Her lack of chemistry with Houde also kills their romance.

The actual crime plot and story? Completely ludicrous and cliché. The writing and direction fails to engage the viewers at any point in the story. In most movies of the genre, it is good to remember we often know how it's going to end, the point of these films is to make the ride enjoyable by creating cool action scenes, poignant moments and of course, making us laugh at times.

This film fails. And if it wasn't a local product, the rating would be closer to the 5 it deserves. I suspect a lot of reviewers are being nicer because of the local factor and that just doesn't cut it with me.


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