Paternity (1981)

In this comedy fantasy an ad-man longs for a son of his own, but is unwilling to saddle himself with a wife. A creative fellow, he decides to convince a woman to bear his child and then sign a waiver of all her maternal rights after the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 2, 1981
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although the movie was directed by David Steinberg, a comic actor with a good sense of timing, Paternity's timing is so slowpaced and stately that there are times when this doesn't feel like a comedy, it feels like a historical romance.

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Bernard Drew
Gannett News Service

It's one of the worst movies [Reynolds has] ever made and, worse, he isn't even good in it.

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Chuck O'Leary

Burt is at his most appealing and self-deprecating playing a character much like himself at the time: A single, middle-age lothario longing to have a child. Charming and funny.

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