After 25 years and a near constant outcry from it’s dozens of fans, someone has finally decided to tackle the reboot of one of the all-time great TV franchises in recent memory – My Two Dads. But while the basic premise remains the same, some pretty drastic changes were made to appeal to today’s audiences (like the re-branding of the franchise with a new title that seems to miss out on the simplicity of the original). Was the long wait worth it?
I know recasting all the characters was a foregone conclusion, but is it too much to ask for a cameo from some of the shows original stars? The filmmakers know we were all clamoring for a reunion but refuse to budge outside of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it walk-on from Giovanni Ribisi (plucky young Cory Kupkus from the show) playing his standard role of a crazed, hairless mutant craving the flesh of the living. Also there are monsters in the show now for some reason?
The move to change the setting from the hustle and bustle of New York to a quaint, snow covered village called Harmony provides a little more time to explore the different parenting methods of the titular “Two Dads” and showcase the various shenanigans they get into. Also there are monsters in the show now for some reason!
A valiant effort, for sure, but the film just doesn’t live up to the high standards this venerated franchise demands of a reboot. There were way too many concessions made to “improve” the story for a modern audience. Fingers crossed that somewhere down the line the classic story of a young girl and her quarrelsome fathers gets the attention it deserves.