I Love My Dad
★★☆☆☆

First-time director James Morosini (who also wrote and stars) spins this semi-autobiographical tale about a young, troubled guy (Morosini) who gets catfished by his estranged, deadbeat dad (Patton Oswalt). In an attempt to reconnect, the two end up on a road trip together, with Dad driving son to meet the girl Dad's been posting as. It's a cringe-comedy premise that's both helped and hindered by its true-life origins. Morosini lends authenticity by playing the lead but fails to make him a compelling protagonist. Oswalt creates a character we feel sympathy for even though he's so off-putting, which is the main thing this film has going for it. But a more seasoned director might have been able to do a whole lot more with a script that never gets beyond its intriguing logline.


Directed by James Morosini
Produced by Patton Oswalt, Sam Slater, Daniel Brandt, Dane Eckerle, Phil Keefe, Sean King O'Grady, and Bill Stertz

Written by James Morosini

With: Patton Oswalt, James Morosini, Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch, Ricky Velez, Lil Rel Howery, Amy Landecker, LilRel Howery, and Sarah Helbringer

Cinematography: Steven Capitano Calitri
Editing: Josh Crockett
Music: Jeremy Bullock

Runtime: 90 min
Release Date: 05 August 2022
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