Monday, October 30, 2023

Old Dads offers Bill Burr’s podcast in movie form

There aren’t too many people who I could listen to for about 90 minutes each week just ramble about sports, life, self help, comedy tours, and whatever else strikes him. But I do that with Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, which airs Mondays (about an hour) and Thursdays (about a half hour, "he's just checking in on us"), and is an absolute hoot.

Burr has had minor acting roles in Breaking Bad, Outer Banks, The King of Staten Island, and plenty more, but he’s largely a stand-up comedian. But now Netflix has given him his star vehicle, a comedy he wrote and stars in called Old Dads

Fans of the podcast will recognize the themes. He and two of his fifty-ish buddies (played hilariously by Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine) get wake-up calls that their respective anger, being scared of the wife, and failing to commit are personal traits that have to end. It takes a Hangover-like trip to a casino and strip club outside L.A. (they had originally set off for Vegas but it was too far for the old achy guys) to finally help the fellas make sense of the way they should be living their lives. The Uber ride back with driver Bruce Dern may or may not help too.

Old Dads has an Adam Sandler vibe to it, but it is also thoroughly Burr. If you don’t know this guy, you should check out his comedy. To me, he’s the best there is right now. 

4 out of 5 stars

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