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THE ULTIMATE PATERNITY QUEST UNFOLDS IN “FATHER FIGURES”
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Owen Wilson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Ed Helms (“We're the Millers”) star in the Warner Bros. comedy “Father Figures,” marking the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Lawrence Sher (“The Hangover” films).


“Father Figures” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma and Greenbelt 1) starting January 17.


Wilson and Helms play Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.


As director Lawrence Sher sees it, the brothers are the exception to that notion of twins being mystically connected. "Kyle and Peter grew up different from each other and are even more committed to their points of view now, because life has a way of reinforcing that. I believe you get back the energy you put out; if you think life is awesome, despite its problems, it will be awesome. That's Kyle. If you think it's hard, then you're probably going to be stuck in the slow lane every time, and that's Peter. He expects things to be difficult and unfair, and he can't catch a break, whereas Kyle has been very lucky and feels the world is full of joy."


But when the guys come home for their mother's wedding, they get a shock that will galvanize them to a single purpose.


"It turns out their father isn't remotely who they thought," offers Ed Helms, who stars as the tightly wound, glass-half-empty Peter. "The story their mom gave them all these years was a fairy tale, when, in fact, she might not even know for sure who he was."


Though Peter typically reacts with indignation, and Kyle with curiosity, this profoundly WTF revelation lands them both on the same page... more or less. It also sends them on a lifechanging odyssey of disaster and discovery to find their real father, wherever it takes them, and whoever he may be. In other words: road trip.


"Growing up with brothers, I have some experience in the way that you can love them and they can drive you crazy," says Owen Wilson, who stars as the perpetually laid-back optimist, Kyle. "It's a very thin line. I think the only real fights I've ever had have been with my brothers. Family trips were memorable for the arguments and my dad swearing he was never going to do it again because 'Something always happens when you guys get together.'"


“Father Figures” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    WILSON, HELMS GO ON A ROADTRIP IN SEARCH OF DAD IN “FATHER FIGURES”
    via press release

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    From the filmmakers behind “The Hangover” comes the new comedy “Father Figures” starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as twin brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.


    The adult comedy will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma and Greenbelt 1) starting January 17.


    "Father Figures" is Wilson and Helms' first big-screen pairing, and since their interaction is the backbone of every scene there was a lot riding on their chemistry. Luckily, there wasn't much of a learning curve. "Owen Wilson is one of the funniest people I have ever met in my entire life," Helms proclaims. "Any time you meet a co-star, you spend about a week or two figuring out how they work and what makes them tick. With Owen, it took about two days for us to find this rhythm and be in sync and crack each other up."


    "Whatever I was doing, if I said A, guaranteed he would say Z," Wilson adds.


    Though Kyle and Peter come a little unglued upon learning the photo they cherished as kids was not actually their honorably deceased dad but some random actor, it also starts them looking at their mom in a new light.


    "[Director] Larry [Sher] brought some personal experience into the mix," says producer Ivan Reitman. "He was very passionate about the story and wanted to be sure it was told with authenticity. There are a lot of very funny moments but you always believe in the truth of it, and in their relationship."


    That relationship was always their touchstone. "We knew it was going to be the love story of the movie," affirms producer Ali Bell. "But first they have to let out everything that's been bottled up inside-and that's the fun part. This script made us laugh out loud but it also resonated in how siblings deal with each other and the way families come apart and come back together."


    As the guys follow a trail of 40-year-old bread crumbs delineating their mother's sexual history across four states, all in pursuit of their paternity, there's not a lot they can hold back. "Essentially, this movie is about putting human beings in human situations," Sher states. It just happens that some of those situations are outrageous and chaotic, but all the while we're trying to keep it as honest as possible. Unlike friends, it's hard to escape family."


    “Father Figures” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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    Philippine Release Date: January 17, 2018
    Director: Lawrence Sher
    Cast: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close, Terry Bradshaw, J.K. Simmons, June Squibb, Katt Williams, Christopher Walken
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    [JUSTIFY]A powerhouse cast of Hollywood veterans comes together in giving life to an inspiring story made better with the right dash of comedy.
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    [JUSTIFY]Estranged twin brothers Peter and Kyle take a break from their respective lives to come home and celebrate with their mom who is getting married. The festive mood, however, takes a 180 degree turn when Peter discovers that their mother Helen hasn’t been exactly upright when it comes to their dad. Now, the brothers set on a road trip with the hopes of finding their father and rekindle a connection weakened through the years.[/JUSTIFY][CENTER-HIDDEN]FF-13.jpg[/CENTER-HIDDEN]
    [JUSTIFY]Father Figures adds itself to a collection of comedy films anchored on the way people interact with family and friends. What sets it apart from other films, however, is the way the story is weaved and directed. The narrative is given life to make audience members feel like they are joining the characters in their journey rather than just watching things unfold. It is this distinct way of storytelling that made Father Figures a better watch than movies which tell an account of the similar kind.[/JUSTIFY][CENTER-HIDDEN]FF-17.jpg[/CENTER-HIDDEN]
    [JUSTIFY]Its highly qualified cast members did a great job in giving life to the pool of colorful characters which made Father Figures an even more delight to watch. Ed Helms and Owen Wilson were natural in playing their respective roles as fraternal twin brothers. Glenn Close was graceful and marvelous as ever. And it’s great to see Terry Bradshaw, J.K. Simmons, June Squibb, Katt Williams, and Christopher Walken have a genuinely great time doing what they do best.[/JUSTIFY][CENTER-HIDDEN]FF-07.jpg[/CENTER-HIDDEN]
    [JUSTIFY]While the film does not offer anything new in terms of the storyline, execution, and messaging, it feeds its audience members’ need to believe in the goodness of people. It reinforces traditional values like family is forever and that everyone has a home to go to. In the kind of times we live in, wherein divisiveness and polarizing views persist, Father Figures reminds us that we can, and should, always strive to be good and do good.[/JUSTIFY]
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    Rating: 8/10

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    Father Figures WILL BE SHOWN exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma and Greenbelt 1) starting January 17.


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