Like the platforms recent rom-com Set It Up, theres a comfort food character to this simple, unremarkable comedy starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer

It’s difficult to use messages like success or failure to describe a Netflix original movie since the stream platform remains reticent over sharing any concrete viewing figures. But even without such data, it was clear that June’s sprightly rom-com Set It Up was a rare exultation, garnering heated the examinations and a dawdle online sound, stronger than some of their starrier, more expensive liaisons. Arriving soon after, there’s a same convenience nutrient caliber to their latest formulaic humor Like Father, a primarily likable if utterly unremarkable stockpile of froth.

Kristen Bell superstars as Rachel, a workaholic New Yorker who we first accompany taking an important work call … right before she heads up the aisle. Keeping her telephone close at hand as she prepares to get married, her fiance views it as the last straw and, with their friends and family watching, drops her. Trying, and miscarrying, to maintain a professional veneer back in the office, she soon is in relation to a pit of self-pitying and alcohol which pass her to a saloon with estranged papa Harry( Kelsey Grammer ). The two expend all night drinking and construct the drunken decision to take the pre-booked honeymoon cruise together. The morning after, out at sea, the vacation seems somewhat less amusing …

If reports are to be belief, then an integral step in Netflix’s inventive decision-making process is a thorough examination of user behavior , remark what’s clicked on, watched, rewatched, downloaded and binged, meaning that we can only accused ourselves for the platform’s recent preoccupation with poorly made sci-fi schlock. When taking this into consideration, it’s easy to see why Like Father would be given a easy green light. It’s soft-hearted Sunday afternoon fodder that would struggle to get audiences out of their living rooms and into the cinema but as a no-stakes click at home, a no-brainer.

Taken as such, it’s not without deserve. Initially, “theres something” cosily charming about the algorithm-based shell within which it plays out, harking back to late 80 s/ early 90 s comedies that don’t often get made anymore, at least not on such a scale. There’s a familiar soul-heavy soundtrack, opening recognitions that are overlaid on top of a sweeping shoot of Manhattan and the knowledge that everything will play out in exactly the way you expect. Writer-director Lauren Miller Rogen, who co-wrote 2012′ s fun, flimsy comedy For A Good Time, Call …, has also picked a central duo who feel as familiar as the thinly inscribed story that environments them.

Grammer, experiencing his biggest movie role for quite some time, channels his considerable sitcom experience for a deadbeat daddy capacity whose superhighway to saving have had an opportunity to strained over a two season arc. He shares an effortless chemistry with his on-screen daughter, playing with a sharp-worded margin by Bell, knowing a occupation high-pitched with her persona in The Good Place, arguably the best comedy on TV right now. After Veronica Mars, Bell had a rocky path on the big screen, too often orientation as a cutesy romantic lead, but when she’s allowed to get in touch with her saltier back, she’s much more effective.

Speaking of salty, there’s a strange embracing of the unmoderated nature of Netflix originals, which don’t face the same certification worries that big screen freeings encounter. It means that pretty much anything exits which can lead to movies feeling less neutered but can also result in an peculiar dissonance. In Set It Up, the harmless PG-1 3-esque rom-com is suddenly ended by a persona using the word cunt, something that would have signified an instant R rating in theaters. In Like Father, there’s a same smattering of swear words (” I’m a fucking bride, you fucking cocksucker !”) that feel strange cushioned in such romantic, risk-avoiding territory.

Kristen Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer in Like Father. Photograph: Emily Aragones/ Emily Aragones/ Netflix

Aside from some choice afflictions, the script doesn’t really move outside of safe territory. There’s a” going through the motions” feel to much of it, as if it’s more of a screenwriting exert than a screenplay with Miller Rogen refusing to delve that deep into the ruptured relationship at research centers and littering her movie with tired cliches. New Yorkers are angry, Canadians are friendly, stoned age-old parties are hilarious and there’s a regressively written lesbian duet complaining about carbs, flirting with straight men and making unfunny, lewd remarks (” I cherish anything gigantic !”).

There are simple pleases to be had here but one wishes there were more of them. It is nice to see a Netflix film with some aesthetic passion( it’s as slickly filmed as a big screen comedy) and there’s a pair of undeniably reached executions( along with an affable cameo from Miller Rogen’s partner Seth Rogen) but it doesn’t really was tantamount to much. It’s an undemanding watch, readily digestible while on in the background, but even easier to forget.

Like Father will be available on Netflix on 3 August

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