‘Old Dads’ review: Bill Burr criticizes modern life as a father | ET REALITY


Don’t get your hopes up: this is not a documentary about Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Mick Jagger. “Old Dads” is the directorial debut of Bill Burr, a popular 50-something comedian with a shaved head and light beard who plays Jack, who came late to fatherhood.

Jack narrates in a voice similar to that of Burr’s character, responding to the problems that confuse the contemporary heterosexual white man with profane non-sequiturs. Jack reflects that he can’t leave his son in the car to go into a convenience store, but that store is free to sell hormone-filled junk food and that no one cares because they are addicted to Internet pornography. . I’m paraphrasing.

As is common in today’s Guy comedies, Jack is part of a trio, with Bokeem Woodbine and Bobby Cannavale, who play his business partners, Mike and Conner. They’ve just sold their successful company to a cloying young brother (Miles Robbins), whose “disruptor” shtick provides fodder for more modern life-is-garbage humor.

The film emphasizes Jack’s near-constant indignation about adult scooter drivers and parking as much as his concerns as a father. Jack and his wife, Leah, are currently concerned that his son will not receive an appropriate recommendation for kindergarten. As such, Jack faces a headmistress (Rachael Harris) who, like many of the parents surrounding Jack and Leah, is a parody of both ’80s-style New Age pranksters and vapid practitioners of philosophies. “woke” today.

Many scenes rely on Jack’s eye-rolling-then-screaming reactions to phrases like “inclusive adjacent” or “check your privilege.” Burr is skilled at this, no doubt. And Woodbine and Cannavale, who are better actors overall, slip into Burr mode with ease. The results will be satisfying and perhaps cathartic for his fans.

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Rated R for language, nudity and more language. Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes. Watch it on Netflix.

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