Patton Oswalt Stars As Father Who Catfishes His Son in Uncomfortable True Story in I Love My Dad

Patton Oswalt Stars As Father Who Catfishes His Son in Uncomfortable True Story in I Love My Dad ...

I Love My Dad starts with The following was actually happened. My dad asked me to explain why it wasn't. It's easy to understand why, as the film is based on the experiences of writer-director-star James Morosini, who was catfished by his own father in his attempt to reconnect with his son, which is as unbearable as one might expect.

Chuck, the aforementioned father who has always found excuses not to spend time with his son, Franklin (Morosini), becomes desperate and fakes his LinkedIn profile, pretending to be Becca (Claudia Sulewski) at a restaurant he frequents.

Franklin recently attempted suicide and while it isn't clear why Franklin went down this path, it appears to be a combination of loneliness and the possibility of abandonment of his father. As Franklin and Becca get closer through their conversations, Franklin asks Chuck to take him to meet his dream girl.

Oswalt gets an opportunity to give his most layered performance since his lead role in 2009's Big Fan. As Chuck, Oswalt plays this father who has made too many excuses and lies, and now, instead of confronting the consequences of his actions over years, goes completely in the other direction to course correct.

Morosoni depicts Franklin's interactions with Becca/Chuck by revealing how Franklin views his conversations with Becca, a flesh-and-blood person who returns Franklins affections, as well as showing bits and pieces of Chuck in these conversations. Sulewski is fantastic in breaking the lines between Franklin's dream girl and his son's life.

But it's the inherent strangeness of I Love My Dad that keeps the audience at bay: Chuck's actions are clearly self-defeating and desperation; yet, this film never tries to justify his actions or redeem his choices; yet, it's difficult to sympathize with this character who is pushing his son who already has his own issues to deal with.

Yet the ickiness of I Love My Dad's story and the extreme dubiousness of these decisions is never ignored. Chucks coworker (Lil Rel Howery) explains his disappointment in all their meetings together, while Chucks girlfriend (Rachel Dratch) becomes part of Chucks scheme and is rightfully outraged by the situation. In many ways, I Love My Dad can make the listener feel like Franklin, uncertain of how to approach his father, and struggling to reconcile these two impulses at

But I Love You Dad has its heart in the right place with its wacky narrative and tale of how much forgiveness we truly deserve. Oswalt gets another solid role he can sink his teeth into, and Morosoni proves himself an interesting new writer-director to watch. I Love My Dad is a difficult journey, but its one that is executed with the best intentions.

B's Rating

I Love My Dad is now available on VOD, and is in theaters on August 12.