3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 40 minutes
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After a “Xena: Warrior Princess”-like dream, Aaron (Eddie Szewczyk) wakes up to a day he’s been dreading for a while. That bizarre ritual from grade school where your dad comes in and informs (or bores) your classmates about the line of work he is in. What could be the cause of Aaron’s dread? Instead of his dad having a normal job (like a “truck driver”), he is of course, an Elvis impersonator. Complete with song, sideburns, and banana, bacon and peanut butter sandwiches.

Before he leaves for school, he tells his mom that “Dad’s Day” was cancelled this year, so he may avoid the embarrassment. When Aaron arrives to school fatherless, he fabricates different stories to both his classmates and teacher about where his pops actually is. This bad karma catches up with him though when his father arrives anyway. Instead of humiliating Aaron in front of his classmates with his odd profession, they seem to rather enjoy his presence. While the kids enjoy his dad’s profession, Aaron runs off in agitated state nonetheless.

When Elvis goes after him, a typical conversation ensues where Aaron talks about his problem with the career choice and his dad explains himself. The problem with the climax is just that- it is too rushed. The exchange could have used more convincing dialogue. Throughout the film, Aaron’s problem seemed huge yet, in the end he settles for such a simplistic answer.

The Elvis in “Dad’s Day” is played by Steve Davis, who coincidentally in real life is actually an Elvis impersonator, and doesn’t really have a problem doing the job in front of a camera. The film is full of child actors as well, who also seem to be comfortable on screen as well. Overall, “Dad’s Day” is a typical family film affair, and would probably be most enjoyable to that kid out there who has a dad with a strange occupation.

Posted on September 16, 2004 in Reviews by

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