Sunday 19 November 2023

REVIEW: Old Dads (2023 film) Starring Bill Burr, Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine

Review by Jon Donnis
"Old Dads," directed by Bill Burr, is a comedic gem that explores the challenges of navigating the modern world as three friends find themselves out of sync with changing times. Starring Burr, Bobby Cannavale, and Bokeem Woodbine, the film provides plenty of laughs and a refreshing commentary on contemporary sensitivities.

One of the film's strengths is Burr's promising debut as a filmmaker. Known for his sharp wit in stand-up comedy, Burr successfully translates his humor to the big screen, delivering a movie that feels like a classic comedy without tiptoeing around sensitive topics. The film revels in making fun of modern sensibilities, poking fun at woke culture, and satirizing entitled millennial stereotypes.

The plot revolves around Jack, Connor, and Mike, three friends who sell their business to millennials only to find themselves in a rapidly changing workplace. The comedic moments are abundant, and the film skillfully navigates the generational gap, showcasing the characters' struggles to adapt to new norms.

Bill Burr shines in his role as Jack Kelly, providing a performance that complements his stand-up persona. The chemistry among the main cast, including Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine, adds depth to the film's humor. The characters' journey through various absurd situations keeps the audience entertained, and the camaraderie among the trio is palpable.

However, "Old Dads" isn't without its flaws. Some of the jokes based on generational divides might feel a bit tired and overused. 

One thing which is quite sad is that Bill Burr's character is who we all wish Bill Burr was, unfortunately as we have recently found out  his real-life persona is one of a cucked man. I hope one day he will wake up and get away from his real life wife.

Despite these minor drawbacks, "Old Dads" successfully delivers a light-hearted and comedic take on the challenges of modern life, offering a refreshing departure from the typical "older men go to Vegas and get hammered" formula. The film's humorous satire, coupled with memorable performances, makes it a worthwhile watch for anyone looking for a good laugh.

In conclusion, "Old Dads" earns a solid 8 out of 10, thanks to its humor, witty commentary, and the promising directorial debut of Bill Burr. It's a comedic ride that doesn't shy away from poking fun at societal norms, making it a standout addition to the genre, I just wish the real life Bill Burr was closer to the character he portrays in his stand up and in this film.

Out Now on Netflix

If you like the comedy in this film, then check out Bill's stand up at