Like Father – Review

Genre    Comedy 
Directed by Lauren Miller Rogen
Starring Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen
Released on August 3, 2018 (United States)
Duration 98 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating  6/10
Channel Netflix

When you’re left at the altar on your wedding day with a honeymoon that was already planned out what do you do? If the immediate answer is going on that honeymoon but letting your dad tag along, then you’ll love this movie!

At first glance, the movie plot line seems utterly bizarre, but as the movie moves along we see that it’s all happening for a reason, well, sort of?

After the moderate success of romcom ‘Set it Up’ which garnered mostly positive reviews and more attention than some other Netflix originals, ‘Like Father’ came along. It’s in the same comfy, feel-good comedy genre. It’s a great movie if you’re looking to just relax, but it’s not very remarkable and will not leave you feeling any different really.

Rachel (Kristen Bell) is a workaholic living in New York. She attempts to walk down the aisle with her phone at hand, that proves to be the last straw and her fiancé dumps her at the altar in front of all their family and friends. Safe to say, the wedding ends in a bit of a disaster.

She tries to keep up her workaholic persona but finally fails miserably and ends up drunk, at a bar, where she bumps into her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). Drunk decisions are clearly never the best decisions and now we have proof because after an entire night of drinking Rachel and her dad make the wonderful decision to go ahead on the pre-booked honeymoon cruise together. Its hilarious for the time being and even more in the morning when they realize what they’ve done.

As we all know, they hug-out their differences and make up for all the lost time and the movie ends on a positive note as usual. Now recently, I’ve seen a bunch of Netflix movies all seemingly operating on the same algorithm. They’re all just feel-good movies, all within this very narrow spectrum that Netflix doesn’t really dare step out of much. None of these movies would do even half as well if they were released in theatres because nobody would leave the comfort of home sweet home. But, they do moderately well on an on-demand streaming platform where users don’t have to leave their couches and voila! Clicks are generated!

But “Like Father” isn’t a terrible movie. It’s sweet. The cinematography is beautiful and at par with the silver screen. Its easy on the eyes and the heart. Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammar have undeniably good chemistry on screen. They both deliver admirable performances. The movie might make you feel like giving your mum (or dad) a call. The language isn’t too crude and there isn’t anything overly explicit shown.

The movie goes exactly the way you thought it would, no surprises. If you’re looking for something for a lazy day, this will be perfect for you. But if you seek a great plot line or something monumental this won’t do the job.

Video credit – Netflix | YouTube

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