Like Father

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Like Father unites an alarmingly talented cast for a predictable rom-com that does nothing to counter the negative stereotypes surrounding the genre.



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When a workaholic young executive (Kristen Bell), is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally workaholic father (Kelsey Grammer). The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few hilarious adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.


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  • Bell and Grammer's characters are so fuzzily rendered that they create no sparks when they butt heads in close quarters.

    Aug 28, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • These are two phenomenal performers giving their all to a sharp family drama disguised as an outrageous cookie-cutter comedy. I had no idea how much Like Father was something I needed.

    Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There is an element with early onset Alzheimer's, that in the film feels very wedged in like as the emotional underpinning that they are going for which explains certain people's actions.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • Clearly, given its algorithmic knowledge, Netflix knows things we don't... It doesn't quite explain why a film so willing to check all the comedy-cliché boxes would commit to humor least of all, particularly given how well standard fare can do.

    Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a predictable comedy of reconciliation. But it boasts substantial pleasures, largely on account of the performers.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Bell and Grammer are wonderful playing off one another. Funny when the moment calls for funny, authentic and believable when the moment calls for substantive drama.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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