Starring: Bill Burr, Bobby Cannavale, Bokeem Woodbine, Rachael Harris, Bruce Dern, Katrina Bowden, Reign Edwards, Miles Robbins, C. Thomas Howell, and Katie Aselton
Director: Bill Burr
Old Dads is essentially actor-director Bill Burr’s excuse to whine about society for two hours straight. He never manages to comment on issues like global warming, runaway inflation, or the housing crisis because he has to make time to address real problems: the ones that affect rich, white comedians. You’ve got your cancel culture, your virtue signalling, wokeness, pronouns, etc, etc… All the usual ‘edgy’ stand-up bits make an appearance here, and they’re just as tired as ever. Thanks, but no thanks, Bill. If I wanted to hear old people complain, I could just volunteer at a nursing home.
Old Dads isn’t a great movie, but I think the level in which one is willing to give in and appreciate it will come down to the generational divide and one’s feelings on writer-director Bill Burr’s brand of comedy. Generally speaking, this is Burr’s ranty schtick personified on screen, and for an unapologetic Burr fan, it works well enough because I agree with his frustrations at the insufferable (if exaggerated) Gen Z-ers as depicted in the film (especially since I’ve had similar experiences as his character). That said, if you are Gen Z, I suspect you’ll feel attacked, making for a less enjoyable experience.