Well, this is a doozy of a take on “How I Met Your Father.” SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner “I Love My Dad” stars the full movie Patton Oswalt as streaming-free Chuck, a desperate father looking to reconnect with his estranged son Franklin, played by writer/director James Morosini.
Chuck impersonates a waitress (Claudia Sulewski) online to strike up a relationship with a depressive Franklin, who has blocked Chuck on all forms of social media. The only issue? Well, Franklin metaphorically swiped right on Chuck’s alter ego.
Per an official synopsis, “Things begin to spiral when Franklin falls for this imaginary girl and wants nothing more than to meet her in person, as Chuck has inadvertently catfished his own son.”
“The Sex Lives of College Girls” and “American Horror Story,” alum Morosini
Wrote the screenplay based on his own real family experience.
Rachel Dratch, Lil Rel Howry, and Amy Landecker also star in the dramedy,
with lead star Oswalt producing the film along with Bill Stertz, Sean King O’Grady, and Dane Eckerle, Phil Keefe, Daniel Brandt,
And Sam Slater. Executive producers include Lauren Hantz, John Hantz, Jeremy Garelick, Dave Rath, David Bernon, and Will Phelps.
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IndieWire’s David Ehrlich reviewed the film out of 2022 SXSW,
Comparing plot points to “Cyrano” with Oswalt’s character also going “full Mrs. Doubtfire with just a few clicks of a button.”
“People who love to wince their way through comedies will find plenty to squirm about here, and yet it’s not like Chuck is a complete sicko,” Ehrlich wrote. “In fact, Morosini’s film opens by claiming
It’s a classic rom-com setup, almost like When Harry
Met Sally…, if When Harry Met Sally… was about borderline incest and directed by Max and Nev from MTV’s Catfish.
Helping round out the cast of the film are Rachel Dratch,
Ricky Velez, and Lil Rel Howery, who at one point in the trailer screams at Chuck, “Internet kiss your son!”
The movie comes out August 5 in theaters and August 12 on demand. In the meantime, call your parents if you can. You have no idea what lengths they’ll go to if they feel neglected.
That it’s based on his own father, and ‘I Love My Dad’
Is just level-headed enough to ring true? It may not resonate as anything deeper than a
modern satire of the idea that father knows best, but it leans into its
high-wire act with the fearlessness of a movie that knows just how fraught it can be to connect with anyone these days.”
Which added, “Every parent’s greatest fear is losing their child, and that loss — Morosini convincingly suggests — can be almost just as devastating when it happens while their child is still alive to see it. Or even worse, to choose it for themselves.”
“I Love My Dad” premieres on August 5 in theaters and on-demand on August 12 from Magnolia Pictures.
Magnolia Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for “I Love My Dad,” a new movie shot in Syracuse by Liverpool-based American High.
Patton Oswalt stars as a hopelessly estranged father who catfishes his son (writer-director James Morosini) in an attempt to reconnect. The preview teases some cringe comedy moments, such as when Morosini sets Oswalt while thinking he’s talking to a beautiful woman named “Becca” (Claudia Sulewski).
“Internet kiss your son,” Lil Rel Howery says, encouraging Oswalt’s character. “Do you love him? … Then kiss him already!”
“I Love My Dad,” which also stars Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), Ricky Velez (“The King of Staten Island”), and Amy Landecker (“Doctor Strange”), was filmed in the Syracuse area in 2021, including at the Salt City Market, The Western Ranch
Motor Inn, and Carl’s Kountry Kitchen. Sulewski, a popular YouTuber whose credits include Marvel’s “Runaways,” stirred up excitement when her boyfriend
Finneas O’Connell, the Grammy-winning songwriter-producer best known for his
“I know everyone says this, but it really felt like camp,” Sulewski told Nylon of the production. “There is this family dynamic, and that has been the most fulfilling thing for me because coming from YouTube, everything is independently done.”
Work with his sister Billie Eilish visited her in Syracuse during filming.
The film won the narrative feature competition at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.
“I Love My Dad” will be released in theaters Aug. 5 and on demand Aug. 12.
American High’s Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps and Ryan Bennett serve as executive producers; Bill Stertz and Sean King O’Grady are producing for Atlas Industries
alongside Dane Eckerle, Daniel Brandt and Burn Later Productions’ Phil Keefe and Sam Slater.
Lauren Hantz and John Hantz are executive producers through Hantz Motion Pictures, which fully financed the project.
“I Love My Dad” is one of 14 movies shot in Central New York by American High, which is headquartered at Syracuse Studios (the former Liverpool
high school and A.V. Zogg Middle School), in less than five years. Other American High titles include.
If a hot stranger attempts to befriend you online, it may not be an Eastern European bot or a financial scammer. It might be your confused, desperate, in-over-
his-head father seeking a connection. Such is the takeaway from the trailer for I Love My Dad,
The new Magnolia Pictures film from director and writer James Morosini, starring Morosini as Franklin, the catfished offspring, and Patton Oswalt as Chuck, the catfishing patriarch. The uncomfortable comedy, which snagged both the Grand Jury Award and Audience
Award for Narrative Features at SXSW, tells the story of
Morosini’s apparently true-life experience of falling in love with his father’s fabricated online persona,
after his dad — realizing he has been blocked from
viewing his son’s social-media profiles — creates a fake profile using pictures of a young waitress to keep tabs on him.