In the predictable but pleasant film FATHER HOOD, Patrick Swayze plays Jack Charles, a small-time L.A. hood who selfishly abandons his children after the death of their mother in order to more freely pursue his reckless career of robbing drug dealers. However, Jack is reluctantly thrust back into the father role when it becomes necessary to rescue Kelly and younger brother Eddie from an abusive foster-care shelter, resulting in a wild, cross-country adventure, during which Jack bonds with his children and ultimately re-evaluates his own life.
Swayze turns in a fairly credible performance as the Elvis-like, image-conscious Jack Charles, but seems a bit awkward at times reciting dialogue not filled with expletives. However, his effort is to be commended. Sabrina Lloyd and Brian Bonsall are both very good and quite believable as Jack’s discarded children. Halle Berry is the barely existent journalist trying to expose the corrupt foster-care shelter. The soundtrack is great, very upbeat and energetic, with a loose, 60’s rock-&-soul feel. The filming and directing are fine as well–no awards, but no thumbs down either. An enjoyable drama with slices of humor, FATHER HOOD contains few offensive words, brief violence and no sex or nudity. The story has potential, but the script falls a bit short in development.
(L, V, A/D, M, B) 9 obscenities (not the F-word), 1 profanity & a few vulgarities; brief violence in form of 3 car crashes, some loud verbal exchanges & 1 shooting in which bullets hit car, very brief glimpse of blood on windshield & car then crashes (not gratuitous); no sex or nudity; character has abandoned his children, he drinks, smokes, lies, believes horoscope & card reading, & plans big robbery, but does not go through with it; and, biblical principles of truth, responsibility & justice prevail as man pays his debts & returns to take care of his family.