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Trivia for Father Figures

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  • Lawrence Sher's directorial debut.
  • Some scenes were filmed at author Emily Giffin's house in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The original release date for this movie was November 4, 2016. It was later moved to January 27, 2017. Less than a month before its release, Warner Bros. pushed it back once again to December 22, 2017.
  • Originally the title of the movie was called "Bastards".
  • The release date was changed twice.
  • The script was sold less than two days after being pitched, in an impressive thirty-six hours.
  • Paramount Pictures was originally attached to the project, but they ended up dropping out, sending the script into turnaround and leaving Warner Brothers to release the film.
  • Originally titled "Bastards", but changed to "Father Figures" in September 2017, just three months before release.
  • The original title for the movie was 'B*stards'.
  • Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken appeared in Wedding Crashers (2005).
  • The cast features two Oscar winners (J.K. Simmons, Christopher Walken) and three Oscar nominees (Glenn Close, Owen Wilson, and June Squibb).
  • Although they play twins, Owen Wilson is six years older than Ed Helms in real-life.
  • An episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) is shown and factors into the plot. J.K. Simmons has had a recurring role on the show (and others in the franchise) as Dr. Emil Skoda.
  • Bill Irwin filmed scenes as Dr. Tinkler, but Christopher Walken took over the role during re-shoots.
  • Ving Rhames and Christopher Walken appeared in Pulp Fiction (1994).
  • Near the end of the film, Helen mentions that Peter (Ed Helms) and Kyle (Owen Wilson) were born "three days before Christmas" in December 1975. The film was released on December 22, 2017, Kyle and Peter's 42nd birthday.
  • Glenn Close and Christopher Walken played a married couple in the three Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) Hallmark movies.
  • The twins were raised in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Governor John Kasich lived in Westerville when the movie was released.
  • Glenn Close and Christopher Walken played a married couple in The Stepford Wives (2004).
  • The front desk worker in the hotel is Andrew Wilson, Owen Wilson's older brother.


  • During the epilogue, it is revealed that Kyle had twin babies. It is commonly accepted that twins can run in a family.
  • Towards the end of the film, Helen (Glenn Close) reveals to the boys their mother was an unmarried girl; she would not reveal the father's name and her name was Jenny. Glenn Close played Jenny Fields in The World According to Garp (1982), a single mother who only knew her child's father as "Technical Sergeant Garp".
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