‘Old Dads’ on Netflix is getting criticised – but anti-woke people love it

‘Old Dads’ on Netflix is getting criticised – but anti-woke people love it

Old Dads, a new film on Netflix, has sharply divided viewers upon its release this week.

With a 17 per cent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has already received a wholly negative response from journalists, whereas viewers on social media are much more divided. The audience voted score on Rotten Tomatoes currently stands at 89 per cent.

Old Dads is about a trio of late-middle-age fathers Bill Burr, Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine, who “find themselves battling preschool principals, millennial CEOs and anything created after 1987,” according to the official synopsis. Burr co-wrote the film (with Ben Tishler) and it also marks the actor’s directorial debut.

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On the positive side, one fan on X, formerly Twitter, wrote: “This old dads movie on Netflix 10/10,” while another added, “Just watched Old Dads on Netflix… best movie I’ve seen in 15 years.” A third fan wrote: “Old Dads is great. I miss movies like this.”

Others however, were far less impressed. One Twitter user described it as “completely terrible”, while another added: “Bad acting, and the jokes were just so so bad.”

Check out some of the responses below:

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A press release on Netflix added that the film is “a wholly original script by Burr and Tishler based on their experiences as older dads raising their children in a rapidly changing society.

Speaking about the film, Burr said: “The premise is about three friends who are in different stages of their life, and they have little kids. They’re older dads and they have a business that they’re running together. The three of them are sort of trapped in the ‘80s and early ‘90s in their heads. To them, that was the greatest time to be alive and the whole world has changed, and they haven’t.”

He added: “Upon completing a good first draft, I gave the script to my friends who are my age, and they all loved it — laughing, high fives all around. Then I gave it to a 28-year-old and he gave me the best note on the script and I hated it when I read it. He goes, ‘This is a great movie for 50-year-olds.’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ It took me 48 hours to digest what he said. And I realised, ‘If we don’t have them giving it back as good as we’re giving it, then this is just going to be a one-sided rant.’

Old Dads is streaming now on Netflix.

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