OLD DADS REVIEW: STORY: A group of mature men, who have become fathers later in life, find it challenging to adapt to the ever-changing ways of the modern world.
OLD DADS REVIEW: Meet Jack (Bill Burr), a man brimming with anger, and sometimes it’s for all the right reasons. He’s infuriated by a much younger individual taking away his job, constantly being called out for criticizing pretentious people, and even a man vaping right in his face, informing him that “vaping is not smoking.” But there are moments when he seems to overreact, his pent-up anger unresolved without seeking professional help. However, he’s not alone in this struggle.
OLD DADS REVIEW
Jack has two other close friends – Connor (Bobby Cannavale) and Mike (Bokeem Woodbine). While each of them has varying levels of tolerance for the nonsense they encounter in the world, they share two common traits: they are middle-aged men, and they all became fathers in their late 40s. Their predicament, navigating a world filled with privileged individuals calling out others for their privilege, is the essence of the story, along with a slew of content that might ruffle a lot of feathers.
In his directorial debut, Bill Burr, who also co-wrote the script, crafts a character who vehemently vents his frustrations against people, occasionally crossing the line. Nevertheless, he succeeds in creating a boisterous comedy that can be quite enjoyable, especially when you realize that people like Jack and those he clashes with are very much a part of the world we live in.
For someone born in the ‘prehistoric era’ (circa 1981), like this reviewer, ‘Old Dads’ offers a mixed bag of relatable moments, experiences, and the challenge of adapting to the Gen Z world. For the most part, you’ll f
ind it amusing and chaotic, unless you’re easily offended. It’s as if Bill Burr and his co-writer, Ben Tishler, have channeled all their frustrations about the people around them into the script. At times, it may remind you of a subpar version of ‘The Hangover,’ but it retains a sense of originality.
OLD DADS’s duration is not an issue because Bill’s script incorporates enough extreme moments and quirky characters to keep it engaging.
Bill Burr does a commendable job portraying a middle-aged man with a hair-trigger temper. Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine provide capable support as his equally dysfunctional friends. The female characters, of course, get the short end of the stick in this largely male-centric, and sometimes misogynistic narrative. Nevertheless, their characters stand out for their eccentricity and complexity.
In summary, ‘Old Dads’ is a bittersweet comedy that makes a feeble attempt to balance its protagonist’s extreme views, occasionally giving him a mild rebuke for his obnoxious outbursts. However, amidst all the ranting against the world, Bill’s rebellion without a cause concludes rather abruptly, rendering his verbal tirades somewhat pointless in the end. It’s evident that this is one of those comedies that will only tickle a specific section of the audience. Are you among them?
Old Dads Movie Cast & Budget
Bill Burr as Jack Kelly, Bobby Cannavale as Connor Brody, Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Richards, Katie Aselton as Leah Kelly, Reign Edwards as Britney, Jackie Tohn as Cara Brody
Miles Robbins as Aspen Bell, Rachael Harris as Dr. Lois Schmieckel-Turner, Dash McCloud as Nate Kelly, Justin Miles as Travis Romine, C. Thomas Howell as Ed Cameron
Bruce Dern as Richie Jacobs, Dominic Grey Gonzalez as Colin Brody, Natasha Leggero as Kelly, Katrina Bowden as Joanna, Angela Gulner as Mimi, Josh Brener as Dana, Erin Wu as Diamelle, Carl Tart as Brian Dodson, Rick Glassman as Hunter Lewis, Abbie Cobb as Judy, Tom Allen as Scooter, Rory Scovel as Terrance Huffy-Schwinn, Steph Tolev as Steph
Paul Walter Hauser as Tracy.
Budget: $57 million
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