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About My Father

An Italian-American dad crashes his son's weekend with his girlfriend's parents.


Why watch this film?

Although he is one of the biggest names in cinema, with works like The Godfather Part II and The Irishman, Robert De Niro also likes to do low-key comedies. Some of them really work well, such as Analyze This and Meet The Parents, while others are simply laughable from a filmmaking perspective, like Dirty Grandpa. As for the comedy About My Father, which thematically comes closest to Dirty Grandpa, it lands somewhere in between: it's not absolutely hilarious but not an absolute disaster either. Not only is De Niro hilariously onscreen as an Italian-American dad who just can't get along with his son (Sebastian Maniscalco, who also wrote the movie). Some situations are too exaggerated, losing the comedic timing, but others work wonderfully and remind us of the dry embarrassment of Analyze This. It's not De Niro's best effort, but there's still room for some fun.



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Plot summary

The film centers around Sebastian who is encouraged by his fiancée to bring his immigrant, hairdresser father, Salvo, to a weekend get-together with her super-rich and exceedingly eccentric family. The weekend develops into what can only be described as a culture clash, leaving Sebastian and Salvo to discover that the great thing about family is everything about family.

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