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Whan a man (Judge Reinhold) goes for an interview for a major new job, his kids mistake the move as a decision that their parents are splitting up. The two kids then set out to make sure ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Paul Hartwood
Cody Jones Cody Jones ... Jason Hartwood
Melody Johnson ... Celina Hartwood
Joely Fisher ... Laura Hartwood
Tony Rosato ... Marty
Barry Flatman ... Gordon Cornell
Wendy Lum Wendy Lum ... Annie
Deborah Odell ... Female council member (as Deborah O'Dell)
Jonathan Whittaker ... Jerome
Martin Doyle ... Chairman
Phillip Jarrett ... Sales clerk (as Phil Jarrett)
Neil Crone ... Cop
Rufus Crawford ... Officer
Sabrina Grdevich ... Lacey
Ryan Moon Ryan Moon ... Mark


Whan a man (Judge Reinhold) goes for an interview for a major new job, his kids mistake the move as a decision that their parents are splitting up. The two kids then set out to make sure that Dad doesn't get the job. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

11 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Ruin Dad's Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Pebblehut Productions See more »
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Slight, but good for a family fun night!
16 April 2005 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Paul (Judge Reinhold) is a school administrator who has been offered a job in Chicago. His wife Laura (Joely Fisher) is a physician, so moving to another city would be more difficult for her. When their son accidentally overhears an argumentative conversation between his parents, he convinces his older sister that their parents are about to go through the Big D (divorce). So, a road trip to Chicago begins for all four family members, under various circumstances. Dad is interviewing for the job, Mother is planning a secret celebration, and the children are out to keep their parents together. In Chicago, a comedy of errors is about to begin. What will the final result be? This film, slight as it is, is still fun for families on a Saturday night together. There is a lot of physical humor, Chicago scenery, and nice performances by the child actors. Reinhold is deft at comedic expressions while Fisher adds a nice touch, although there is not enough screen time for her. Good clean fun is so rare these days. Grab this one soon....it has some good moments.

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