My Father the Hero

1994 PG 1h 30m DVD

My Father the Hero

1994 PG 1h 30m DVD
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When Frenchman Andre (Gérard Depardieu) takes his 14-year-old daughter Nicole (Katherine Heigl) on a Caribbean vacation, she develops a crush on hunky Ben (Dalton James). To impress Ben, Nicole pretends Andre is her lover -- which has the rest of the resort crowd loathing his cradle-snatching ways. But when the police threaten to arrest Andre for consorting with a minor, Nicole must tell all and risk alienating Ben.
Gérard Depardieu, Katherine Heigl, Dalton James, Lauren Hutton, Faith Prince, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ann Hearn, Robyn Peterson, Frank Renzulli
Steve Miner
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the premise of My Father the Hero is that 14-year-old Nicky tells people that Andre, the man she's on vacation with, is her lover when in fact he's her father. A lot of the comedy arises from people reacting indignantly to his supposed deviant behavior when it's all really innocent. A line is played for laughs about people thinking he's a child molester. Nicky invents wild stories to make herself seem more grown-up and interesting. When her lies start to cause problems, she attempts to fix them by adding more lies. She also manipulates people and situations. Aside from the questionable taste of the premise, there's little of concern in this story about a father and daughter coming to terms with each other. Nicky and Andre kiss on the cheek a few times, and Nicky tries to make some of these seem romantic to make her real love interest jealous. Otherwise there's one kiss on the lips and a few mild swear words, although "s--t" is used once.

Sexual Content

Nicky tells people that she's with her lover, but he's in fact her father. Andre says that people think he's a child molester, and there are many instances of people reacting indignantly to him. Statutory rape laws are hinted at but referred to as "those kinds of laws." There are a few kisses on the cheek between father and daughter, some of which Nicky intends to look romantic. Nicky and Ben kiss once. Andre is seen once in only boxer shorts. Nicky's bare buttocks are seen when she's wearing a one-piece thong bathing suit. Nicky says her mother is a prostitute who ran away with her pimp, and we see the guest on a daytime talk show who claims the same thing, giving Nicky the idea.


A character is punched in the nose, but there's no blood.


"Damn," "goddamn," "bitch," "bastard," and "s--t" are each used once.

Social Behavior

A father will do anything for his daughter, no matter how crazy. When you make a mistake, ask for forgiveness.


The Concorde jet is seen once, and the Air France logo is seen in the background at the airport.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Andre is frequently seen with an alcoholic beverage, mostly at the tropical island resort, but is never depicted as drunk. Nicky, who's 14, is served a tropical drink at a resort bar, but her father takes it away before she has any. Andre asks Nicky to bring him and 17-year-old Ben a couple of beers. Nicky places two beer cans on the table, but no one is shown drinking any. One of Nicky's lies is that she used to be a drug addict, and she mentions dope and sniffing glue.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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