Father of the Year

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy, lowbrow disaster with cursing, slapstick action.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even the most neglectful, obnoxious, horrific parent will try to make things right for a child.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Without exception, male parental figures are man-boys: inept, clueless, coarse, cowardly. Recent college graduate heroes are far more resourceful, reliable, honest than their fathers. Male-driven comedy with a few supporting female characters; no ethnic diversity.


Comic pratfalls. Characters flail, fall, and crash from shelves, roofs, other high places. They crash into tables, a greenhouse, a store display. Fistfights, head butts, someone thrown through a plate glass window, a motorcycle accident. No one is hurt.


Kissing. Male nudity -- mostly seen from rear. Frequent raunchy conversations with sexual references, particularly about penises. A sexual relationship between a lecherous elderly woman and a young man is played for laughs. Nipple cream is applied to men in an experiment; one man grows breasts. Long sequence with a flasher. 


Nonstop profanity and potty language, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "pr--k," "p---y," "turd," "blow him," "penis," "bastards," "a--hole," and much discussion of taking "dumps," urinating, farts, and vomiting.


Astrella wine. Budweiser, Miller Lite, Carhartt, Kawasaki.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is consumed throughout. Continually drunken lead character always carries a beer, is proud of being a drunk. Drugs (i.e., marijuana, Vicodin, Zoloft, Lorazepam) are referenced. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Father of the Year is a comedy about two recent college graduates who return to their hometown and challenge their outlandish dads to fight one another. Like the other Netflix Original movies from Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler's company), this one is filled with profanity. No scene is complete without countless uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "d--k," "pr--k," and "a--hole." Then there's the potty language: entire conversations about "dumps," urination, penises, and sex. Viewers should expect comic nudity, a bawdy sequence about nipple cream causing an adult male to grow female breasts, and a much older, unattractive woman crudely coming on to one of the young heroes. The movie is heavy on slapstick action: falls from roofs, high shelves, a truck; fistfighting and head butts; crashing into all manner of furniture, windows, and equipment. One lead character is an unabashed alcoholic, and there's drinking throughout. Zoloft, tequila, marijuana, and Vicodin are offered to a stressed-out young man. The film isn't recommended but may still appeal to audiences who like gross-out movies with cheap laughs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bychingchong1 August 4, 2020

good moovie

a pretty nice film that includes a few actors in it also but i its a nice film
Adult Written bychingchong February 17, 2020


its a pretty fine film suitable for children over the age of about 2-27
Teen, 15 years old Written byHiddenshadow89 June 1, 2019


I watched this with my *mature* 7 year old brother and he thought it was hilarious. I watched it before letting him watch it. There is strong language and sex t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byyeet022 May 6, 2019


There is lots and lots of F-words but I am a 16 year old and it is super funny couldnt stop laughing, great actors. There is almost nudity but not quite.

What's the story?

Recent college graduates Ben (Joey Bragg) and Larry (Matt Shively) are on their way to NYC with a brief stop in their small hometown in FATHER OF THE YEAR. Both motherless, they are relentlessly embarrassed and disappointed by their two "unconventional" fathers. Wayne (David Spade doing a variation of his Joe Dirt character), Ben's dad, is an incorrigible drunk, unkempt, unemployed, and proud of it. Larry's father, Mardy (Nat Faxon), is an uptight scientist, cowed by his wife and stepson who make his life miserable. On a whim, the two young men challenge their clueless dads to fight ... which leads to mayhem and chaos. Jobs are threatened. Arrests are made. A marriage falters. And in a series of hometown horrors (including an annual "wife-carrying" contest and a bawdy old lady trying to seduce Larry), along with a resurrected romance, the two friends may not make it to New York after all.

Is it any good?

No raucous stone is left unturned in this nonstop tribute to vulgar humor: ludicrously over-the-top characters, ridiculously silly situations, and a constant flow of potty language and obscenities. Father of the Year is a perfect storm of bad writing and witless execution meant to elicit laughs from audiences who respond to childish jokes, absurd sight gags, and infantile behavior. Only Joey Bragg and Matt Shively, along with Bridgit Mendler, who plays Meredith, Ben's long-time crush, escape this ruthless effort to destroy reputations. As in many movies of this ilk, it may well find an audience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how movies are intended for specific audiences. What demographic group do you think the team behind Father of the Year was targeting?

  • Think about the volume of obscenities and raunchy language in this film. What's the purpose of the profanity in this particular story? Did it ever become tiresome and/or offensive? Why or why not?

  • What is meant by the term "juvenile" or "sophomoric" humor? In what ways do Wayne and Mardy behave like children? In what ways are Ben and Larry the grown-ups in this film?

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