My Father the Hero

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

My Father the Hero (Touchstone Movie)

“My Father the Hero” is a comedy film released in 1994, directed by Steve Miner. The movie stars Gérard Depardieu as Andre, a divorced Frenchman who takes his teenage daughter, Nicole, played by Katherine Heigl, on a vacation to the Bahamas. However, things take a hilarious turn when Nicole pretends to be his lover instead of his daughter to impress a boy she has a crush on.

The film starts with Nicole feeling embarrassed by her father’s presence, as she believes he is boring and uncool. In an attempt to appear more sophisticated and interesting to the boy she likes, she concocts the lie that Andre is her lover, not her father. As the lie snowballs, Nicole’s friends and the hotel staff are all convinced of the made-up romantic relationship.

The situation leads to a series of comedic mishaps, misunderstandings, and awkward moments. Andre, unaware of Nicole’s deception, is puzzled by the sudden attention he receives from women and the strange looks from other guests. At the same time, Nicole starts to realize that lying was a big mistake and that her relationship with her father is more valuable than trying to impress others.

“My Father the Hero” explores themes of family, honesty, and the complexities of parent-child relationships. The film emphasizes the importance of communication and understanding between parents and their teenage children. Despite the comedic and exaggerated situations, it delivers a heartwarming message about the love and bond between a father and daughter.

Gérard Depardieu’s comedic timing and Katherine Heigl’s charming performance add depth to the characters and elevate the film beyond a typical teen comedy. The picturesque setting of the Bahamas adds to the movie’s charm, making it an enjoyable watch for audiences of all ages.

While “My Father the Hero” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, it has since gained a cult following and remains a beloved family comedy. The film’s light-hearted humor, entertaining plot, and touching moments make it a timeless choice for a feel-good movie night with family and friends.

My Father the Hero

Additional Details


  • Gérard Depardieu: André Arnel, Nicole’s father
  • Katherine Heigl: Nicole Arnel, André’s daughter
  • Dalton James: Ben
  • Lauren Hutton: Megan Arnel
  • Faith Prince: Diana
  • Stephen Tobolowsky: Mike
  • Ann Hearn: Stella
  • Robyn Peterson: Doris
  • Frank Renzulli: Fred
  • Manny Jacobs: Raymond
  • Jeffrey Chea: Pablo
  • Stephen Burrows: Hakim
  • Michael Robinson: Tom
  • Robert Miner: Mr. Porter
  • Betty Miner: Mrs. Porter
  • Emma Thompson: Isobel
  • Roberto Escobar: Alberto


  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Producers: Jacques Bar and Jean-Louis Livi
  • Screenplay: Francis Veber and Charlie Peters

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