Bill Burr: The stand-up comedy genre has a lengthy track record in becoming screen-based auteurs, leaving aside the negative aspects of stars such as Woody Allen and Louis C.K. following their famed heydays. But as popular as he can be on the stage, Bill Burr picked a poor time to attempt to transfer his raunchy-guy comedy act to films such as the hilariously humorous “Old Dads,” which premieres on Netflix.
In his role as director, star, and co-writer, along with fellow father Ben Tishler, Burr seeks to bring out the absurdity of modern parenting. In the role of Jack Burr, he is an adult who is unable to hide his hatred of wheat-germ-eating schools and children “dressed like f–in’ news anchors.”
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The movie is an expansion of Burr’s work that includes turns to playfully take on the world while creating the majority of actors as cardboard caricatures of Burr’s character Jack Kelly, to rail at and throw over.
This approach isn’t new, in the eyes of anyone who can remember Allen mysteriously bringing together Marshall McLuhan’s theory of media on the set of “Annie Hall” to tell an academic in a pompous way how wrong the professor was. However, the world has changed a lot since that time, and Burr’s random comments about Caitlin Jenner or easily provoked young people can’t help but feel a bit gratuitous even though he’s making fun of himself as an out-of-touch dinosaur.
Bill Burr Kids: At the age of 51, Jack is in the process of having another kid with his partner (Katie Aselton) as well, and Jack and his pal Connor (Bobby Cannavale) have boys who are five years old. The son of the former is an uncontrollable monster, and it doesn’t stop his mother from protecting his plight by saying things like, “What you’re feeling now is the way you feel. Let it go.”
Jack, Connor, and their third pal and business associate Mike (Bokeem Woodbine) have sold their sports-jogging company to a new management that leaves them in a bind under a manager of the 20s who doesn’t take employees off the job. However, he talks of “liberating” them. Jack is also confronting his child’s school principal (Rachael Harris) and is forced to bite his tongue when they need a recommendation to move their kid to the top private school.
“Old Dads” concocts some amusing moments, maybe particularly for people familiar with particular areas of Los Angeles (OK, more than those in the outer Valley and the surrounding regions, but they are close enough).
The tension stems from the fact that stand-ups, generally, and Burr and his contemporaries such as Dave Chappelle reserve (indeed and even revel in) the freedom to offend and make evident that their material isn’t suited to every person.
In 2020. Burr created a buzz with his jokes concerning “woke” White women on “Saturday Night Live,” and he does it again in the film, mocking a White mother at school who equates an insult directed at women to the word “N-word.
Burr’s business associate, Mike Bertolini, told the Hollywood Reporter the movie was a repackaging of Burr’s stand-up comedy “in a narrative format,” which is the scenario. The problem is that in movie format, Burr or his alter ego is the one who directs his remarks at someone else, which in turn changes the dynamics.
The fans of Burr will certainly enjoy the movie “Old Dads,” even when the film sandpapers his rough edges and prompts Burr to question his prehistoric mindset.
From a larger perspective, however, it is a more difficult task than in the past. Put a stand-up show into a film. It’s the basis of Old Dads” that, perhaps due to the comics that came before his appearance, hasn’t aged very well.