I LOVE MY DAD MOVIE REVIEW
I Love My Dad is a story about Franklin (writer/director James Morosini), a young man struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. To aid his recovery, Franklin cuts all negative influences and toxic people out of his life. Specifically, that means his ne’er do well father, Chuck (Patton Oswalt). Despite being a loser and a compulsive liar, Chuck genuinely loves his son. When Franklin blocks him on Facebook, Chuck spirals into despair. Desperate to stay in touch with his son, Chuck creates a fake profile based on Becca (Claudia Sulewski), a young waitress who works at the diner Chuck frequents. At first, Franklin is suspicious of this pretty stranger with no other friends on Facebook, but he’s lonely, so he accepts her friend request.. Posing as “Becca”, Chuck is finally able to connect with his son, and they become online friends. Things take a turn for the worst when Franklin starts falling in love with the fake “Becca”. Afraid of losing his son again, Chuck continues the charade, even as Franklin’s feelings towards “Becca” become increasingly sexual. That’s right. This is a movie about a father who catfishes his own son, and then has to keep the lie going when the son decides to take the “relationship” to the next level. Before you know it, sexting is involved, and Chuck is driving Franklin to another state so he can finally meet “Becca” in person. Squicky hijinks ensue. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll cringe. Actually, you’ll cringe A LOT. Our reviewers Ryan, Melina, Harmoni, and Marco certainly did. Listen to their review to see whether this movie is worth all the showers you’ll need to take after watching it.
**You can also check out the review with Chris and Wright from the original premiere at SXSW right here**
DIRECTED BY: James Morosini
STARRING: James Morosini, Patton Oswalt, Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch, Ricky Velez, Lil Rel Howery, Amy Landecker
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)
Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the Spill.com community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
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