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      The Good Father

      R 1985 1 hr. 30 min. Drama List
      80% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 77% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score After his divorce, Bill Hooper (Anthony Hopkins) is a shattered man; the biggest blow was losing custody of his son. So when he meets Roger (Jim Broadbent), a man whose wife has also left him and taken their son, Bill takes up Roger's cause as his own -- agreeing to pay all his legal fees. Yet, as the custody battle heats up, Bill makes gestures to reconnect with his ex-wife, Emmy (Harriet Walter), that show that their divorce -- and Bill's anger -- may be more complex than they appear. Read More Read Less

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      walter m In "The Good Father," Bill(Anthony Hopkins) would really like to spend more time with his son, even after his divorce, but his lack of lodging(he actually sleeps a lot of the time at his office) makes that kind of hard for Emmy(Harriet Walter), his ex-wife, to sympathize. So, instead of looking for an apartment, he takes up the case of his new friend Roger(Jim Broadbent) and his currently dormant custody battle. "The Good Father" is a damning and pointed look at masculinity run amok in Thatcherite England which was also a low point for the gay rights movement. Even though one might hope that some of the attitudes in the movie are dated, sadly that is not the case with so-called men's rights activists currently making the same kind of mess that Bill does in the film. And as Bill, Anthony Hopkins gives one of his best performances that is alternately angry, charming, creepy and somehow sympathetic. Plus, Simon Callow is having too much fun playing a lawyer. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Mostly unpleasant to watch, but well acted. Good use of political backdrop to add a layers to the narrative. Cheesy music. Overwrought use of metaphor. **SPOILER ALERT** Here's my summary of the movie: Man and woman don't really want to have a child, but they wind up doing so anyway, and it destroys their marriage. Man is so full of anger and resentment about this he channels his anger by "helping" his friend by using anti-gay tactics to blow up what was previously an amicable divorce. Friend comes to his senses, man realizes he's still a miserable sack of shit after all is said and done. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I really liked this film, we always see separation or divorce or the pain of loss of a child from the female's point of view, this one is told from the father. Anthony Hopkins is excellent in this film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The best Anthony Hopkins performance you've never heard of. Terrific character drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A rather riveting portrayal of a surrendered marriage and the fallout from separation -- from the male perspective. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Bill is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by hiw wife so that she can enter a lesbian relationship, Bill decides to help his friend gain custody of his son...in any way that they can devise, including using a sleazeball lawyer. But while Bill feels that Feminism has robbed him of his family, he begins to be appalled at what he and Roger have done. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The Good Father is filled with great supporting performances to circle around Hopkins' energy. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Ann Fry Gay Community News (Boston) The characters are hollow, dislikable and ignorant of their own needs. Sep 21, 2022 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...mostly entertaining... Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 22, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Aug 28, 2005 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Provides a riveting portrait of a sundered marriage and the fallout from separation. Rated: 3/5 Aug 27, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis After his divorce, Bill Hooper (Anthony Hopkins) is a shattered man; the biggest blow was losing custody of his son. So when he meets Roger (Jim Broadbent), a man whose wife has also left him and taken their son, Bill takes up Roger's cause as his own -- agreeing to pay all his legal fees. Yet, as the custody battle heats up, Bill makes gestures to reconnect with his ex-wife, Emmy (Harriet Walter), that show that their divorce -- and Bill's anger -- may be more complex than they appear.
      Director
      Mike Newell
      Screenwriter
      Christopher Hampton
      Production Co
      Channel Four Films, Greenpoint Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 10, 2017