Dr. Jack Hammond has best chances to become medical superintendent in the clinic. So he’s completely absorbed in his work and has no understanding for his teenage son Chris’ problems with school. By accident one of them drinks a brain-exchanging serum, and it switches their identities. This leads of course to extraordinary complications in school and at work, but also to insight in the problems and feelings of each other.
Like Father Like Son is a 1987 American comedy film starring Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron, Margaret Colin, Catherine Hicks, Sean Astin, Camille Cooper, Micah Grant, Skeeter Vaughan and Larry Sellers.
About the Story
Chris Hammond (Kirk Cameron) is a high school senior. He likes a girl at school (Laurie) who happens to be dating his rival and bully Rick. His father, Jack (Dudley Moore), is a surgeon and working hard to get a promotion of the chief of staff job at his hospital and also who wants his son to become a doctor as well, but Chris is not interested.
Chris’s friend, Clarence “Trigger” (Sean Astin), has an uncle Earl who had been bitten by a snake whilst in the desert. Earl had his leg fixed by Native Americans with a body-switching potion called the “Brain-Transference Serum.” Trigger shows Chris how the Brain-Transference Serum works by trying it out on Chris’ cat and dog, and the pets switch bodies. Trigger brought the Brain Transference Serum in a Tabasco sauce bottle, and the Hammond’s housekeeper Phyllis finds the bottle and puts it in the food cupboard. Jack unwittingly puts it in his Bloody Mary. The serum works by someone ingesting it, then the next person that looks into their eyes switches bodies with them. As Jack looks into his son’s eyes while having a disagreement over a C grade on an important test, the father and son switch bodies.
Trigger states he will get in contact with his uncle Earl in order to find a way for the two to switch back, but Earl has just left for another trip. Chris goes to town in his dad’s body, using his dad’s credit card to shop and party with Trigger along for the ride. He bumps in to his dad’s boss’s wife while out in a bar, but he doesn’t realize who she is.
Like Father, Like Son (1987)
Directed by: Rod Daniel
Starring: Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron, Margaret Colin, Catherine Hicks, Sean Astin, Camille Cooper, Micah Grant, Skeeter Vaughan, Larry Sellers
Screenplay by: Lorne Cameron, Steve Bloom
Production Design by: Dennis Gassner
Cinematography by: Jack N. Green
Film Editing by: Lois Freeman-Fox
Costume Design by: Robert Turturice
Set Decoration by: John T. Walker
Music by: Miles Goodman
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: October 2, 1987