A calamitous camping trip brings a father and son closer together in FATHER AND SCOUT, a 1994 made-for-television movie released to home video in 1995.
Spenser Paley (Bob Saget) reluctantly accompanies his son Michael (Brian Bonsall) on a "Dad and Lad" camping trip to Catalina Island. The unathletic Spenser is out of his element in the great outdoors. He sinks a canoe, steps on a jellyfish, and faints in a cave. Michael is embarrassed by his
father's sour attitude and recurrent ineptitude. With his incessant whining, complaining, and sarcastic put-downs, Spenser riles the other campers, particularly Chet (David Graf). Chet and his son use underhanded tactics to try to beat the Paleys in the father-son pentathlon. But when the group is
trapped in a mine shaft, Spenser and Chet work together to save their sons. Spenser and Michael win the contest, and return home closer than ever.
FATHER AND SCOUT is satisfactory family entertainment. The script has little to offer in the way of originality, but it is innocuous fun. Standouts among the cast are Troy Evans as the scoutmaster and Heidi Swedberg as Mrs. Paley. Bonsall has outgrown his "Family Ties" cutesiness and is developing
into a competent actor. Saget, one of the executive producers, is the film's only downer. His unhappy camper demeanor is far too disagreeable for far too much of the program. Moreover, many of his lines come off like a bad stand-up routine. By the time his attitude is adjusted, it is too late to
care, especially after his pointless and unamusing public ridicule of a scoutmaster. (Violence.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: PG
- Review: A calamitous camping trip brings a father and son closer together in FATHER AND SCOUT, a 1994 made-for-television movie released to home video in 1995. Spenser Paley (Bob Saget) reluctantly accompanies his son Michael (Brian Bonsall) on a "Dad and Lad" ca… (more)