Like the programmes recent rom-com Set It Up, theres a comfort nutrient quality to this simple, unremarkable slapstick 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 scaffold remains reticent over sharing any concrete view chassis. But even without such data, it was clear that June’s sprightly rom-com Set It Up was a rare prevail, garnering heated the examinations and a linger online buzz, stronger than some of their starrier, more expensive things. Arriving soon after, there’s a same convenience meat tone to their recent formulaic slapstick Like Father, a predominantly likable if wholly unremarkable collection of froth.

Kristen Bell idols as Rachel, a workaholic New Yorker who we first view taking an important work call … right before she heads up the alley. Keeping her phone close at hand as she prepares to get married, her fiance finds 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 power, she soon falls into a crater of self-pitying and booze which leadings her to a bar with estranged leader Harry( Kelsey Grammer ). The two waste all darknes boozing and constitute 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 creative decision-making process is a thorough examination of user behavior , notice what’s clicked on, watched, rewatched, downloaded and binged, meaning that we can only blame 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 virtue. 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 film of Manhattan and the insight that everything will play out in precisely the behavior you expect. Writer-director Lauren Miller Rogen, who co-wrote 2012′ s fun, flimsy humor For A Good Time, Call …, has also picked a central duo who feel as familiar as the thinly etched patch that surroundings them.

Grammer, experiencing his biggest movie role for quite some time, channels his considerable sitcom experience for a deadbeat father persona whose street to atonement could have been strained over a two season arc. He shares an effortless chemistry with his on-screen daughter, played with a sharp-worded line by Bell, suffering a occupation high-priced 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 situated as a cutesy romantic lead, but when she’s allowed to get in touch with her saltier line-up, she’s far more effective.

Speaking of salty, there’s a strange espouse 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 travels which can lead to movies feeling less neutered but can also result in an curious dissonance. In Set It Up, the harmless PG-1 3-esque rom-com is suddenly ended by a persona utilizing the word cunt, something that would have made an wink R rating in theaters. In Like Father, there’s a similar handful of swear words (” I’m a fucking bride, you fucking cocksucker !”) that feel strange cushioned in such nostalgic, risk-avoiding territory.

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

Aside from some selection swears, the dialogue 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 practise than a screenplay with Miller Rogen refusing to delve that deep into the fractured relationship at the centre for human rights and littering her cinema with tired cliches. New Yorkers are angry, Canadians are friendly, stoned age-old parties are hilarious and there’s a regressively written homosexual pair complaints about carbs, flirting with straight men and making unfunny, lewd remarks (” I adoration anything monstrous !”).

There are simple amusements to be had here but one wishes there were more of them. It is nice to see a Netflix film with some aesthetic desire( it’s as slickly filmed as a big screen comedy) and there’s a pair of undeniably fulfilled acts( along with an genial cameo from Miller Rogen’s partner Seth Rogen) but it doesn’t really was tantamount to much. It’s an undemanding watch, easily 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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