DAD (Theatrical Release USA 1989)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

—heartfelt—walks into the world of elder caretaking while taking the viewer on a journey that enhances appreciation for the preciousness of life at every stage. The film reminds us of the importance of building good memories—memories we’ll be glad to own. Dad has a terrific story line and provides significant entertainment value for the whole family.

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John Tremont’s (Ted Danson) mother suffers a heart attack and becomes incapacitated to the point where she can no longer continue her caretaking duties for John’s father, Jake Tremont (Jack Lemmon). John takes absence from work and returns home to help his father become more independent and to help him establish better health.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Gary David Goldberg for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jake Tremont (Jack Lemmon), John Tremont (Ted Danson), Bette Tremont (Olympia Dukakis), Annie (Kathy Baker), Mario (Kevin Spacey), Billy (Ethan Hawke), Dr. Chad (Zakes Mokae), Dr. Santana (J.T. Walsh), Dr. Ethridge (Peter Michael Goetz), Dr. Delibro (John Apicella), and Victor Walton (Richard McGonagle).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Definitely. It’s a treat to see Jack Lemmon performing in one of his later films and to see Kevin Spacey performing in some of his early films.

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