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‘Father of the Year’ lands flat with predictable plot

‘Father of the Year’ lands flat with predictable plot

‘Father of the Year’ lands flat with predictable plot
August 08
23:28 2018

The only thing good about David Spade’s latest role in “Father of the Year” was his wig – and even that was ratty.

“Father of the Year,” released exclusively by Netflix on July 20, is a coming-of-age comedy set somewhere in New England. The movie begins with Ben (played by Joey Bragg) and Larry (played by Matt Shively) going back to their childhood hometown after they’ve graduated from college. Ben landed a sweet-paying job in New York, and Larry planned to join along for the adventure, so their trip back home to see their families was meant to be a final farewell.

After a drunken night at a local bar, the friends wage a bet over whose father would win in a fight. When word gets around to the fathers — Wayne (played by Spade) and Mardy (played by Nat Faxon) — chaos ensues, leaving Ben job-less.

The biggest issue with this film is its predictable plot and flat, over-the-top jokes, which all fall back to the film’s poor writing. Without giving too much away, Wayne tries to get his son’s job back in New York after realizing he messed up, and I’m sure you can fill in the blank for what happens next.

For those who appreciate the Adam-Sandler-type comedy, this is the movie for you. For those who enjoy a more engaging type of comedy, steer clear of this flick.

While some of the jokes did land, and I caught myself chuckling at some of the one-liners, the overwhelming majority of them did not, and those that did not were accompanied by multiple eye rolls.

The comedy in this type of movie is more appropriate for young kids who will laugh at anything. Maybe this is a sign that I’m getting old and bitter, but the level of unfunny in this film is on-par with that of the new cast of “SNL.”

In one of the final scenes of the movie, Spade is seen fumbling around an office trying to combat a bird he sees through a pair of VR goggles. At this point in the film, I was so tempted to go ahead and turn the movie off because my cringe levels were off the charts. But with only about 15 minutes left, I decided to power through it.

The one thing working here for “Father of the Year” is the cast, who unexpectedly did well for the sub-par script they were given to work with.

I’ve never seen Bragg in a film before, but he definitely pulled off his Michael Cera-esque character really well. Bridgit Mendler, most commonly known for her Disney channel work in “Lemonade Mouth” and “Good Luck Charlie,” made an appearance and played her door-next-girl role to a tee. Spade’s character — especially his accent — could have used some work, but he generally sold me on  the druk, white trash dad role.

In the end, as with most other Netflix-sponsored flicks, I’m adding this to my list of movies not worth the watch. 

My Rating: 1/5

Featured Image: Courtesy “Father of the Year” Facebook

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