Old Dads Movie and Its Review

Old Dads Movie and Its Review

Despite having a fantastic ensemble, "Old Dads" is hardly a motion picture. It's unfortunate because Bill Burr is making his directorial debut.

Burr has distinguished himself as one of the best standups-turned-actors of his generation putting in performances in movies and TV shows that are consistently more thoughtful

than were probably necessary to get the job done, and occasionally outright impressive. Burr is primarily known as a comedian, talk show guest, and podcaster. 

One of the show's high points was his performance as Migs Mayfield, a former Imperial sharpshooter turned mercenary

in "The Mandalorian," which culminated in a dramatic moment reminiscent of Christoph Waltz's closing scene in "Django Unchained." 

Standup comics who direct themselves using material they also wrote run the risk of creating something that feels like a protracted standup comedy routine

has awkwardly retrofitted characters and a thinly veiled plot, and lacks a strong style and point of view that would allow it to stand 

on its own two feet as something other than a brand extension. That movie is "Old Dads," which is about three middle-aged Los Angeles men

who have children after having given up on the idea for many years. Like "F is for Family," the animated Netflix series created by and starring Burr

and like a lot of Burr's early standup before he aged out of griping and became more introspective and nuanced, "Old Dads"

is two-thirds a satire on "political correctness"—a loaded phrase which, as often practiced in standup,