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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 18, 1997 AA1 "Father's Day, " famih'ar duo by Barney Basin Gazette Reviewer "Father's Day" is the emergence of a new odd couple. Nothing could be odder than the pairing of Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. Of course the premise for this story is also about two brains short of a PhD. In this less than logical tale, a women tells two of her ex- boyfriends that her runaway boy is their son, in hopes that they will find and return him. From then on it's a crazy comic chase until the boy is returned and the truth is triumphed out. One of the criticism that has been leveled at this film is that the writing is weak so Robin Williams does his usual thing, and Billy Crystal does his. Unjust foul cries L If you go to see a film with Robin Williams in it, you are going because you want to see Williams do the things that make you laugh. The same is true for Crystal. It is their comedy style that people pay to see and what they expect. To criticize for giving the audience what they want is to criticize for the sake of criticism. True, the story is weak and the characters are shallow, but this ain't supposed to be Shakespeare. It's a film with the one purpose of letting these two side-slappers seduce spectators with merriment. To this etd, it serves ifs lmrpose. If fault has to he found, then it should be level on Robin Williams not doing enough weird Williams' wackiness. Among the window dressing in this flick was Julia Louie- Dreyfus as Crystal's wife. It's nice to see her in something besides "Seinfield" it would be even nicer to see her in something that might display her talents. For an evening of laughs, it's "Father's Day." Snmhomag I II 727.SOlO I,IIIII- 1If IL III Ill rIIIIp, I l