Woke culture is about to take a ribbing on Netflix, as the streaming service has released a trailer for the upcoming comedy Old Dads. The film is co-written and directed by comedian Bill Burr and tells the story of a trio of friends who became fathers later in life and now must navigate the woke culture that has consumed America while trying to raise their sons to be masculine. Burr, Bobby Cannavale, and Brokeem Woodbine star, with Kastie Aselton, Reign Edwards, and Rachel Harris in supporting roles. Old Dads will begin streaming on Netflix on October 20, 2023, and you can see the trailer below:
Adam Devine wasn’t kidding when he said that Netflix was the place to go to make comedy movies now. Old Dads looks like a funny movie, and that’s in large part because it takes specific aim at wokeness rather than allowing itself to be stifled by it, at least according to the trailer. (And it could go wrong; it could always go wrong.) It also comes as a relief, an outlet on the pressure cooker a society wound as tightly as ours creates. Bill Burr mocking that ridiculous checklist the CEO of whatever company he’s dealing with rattles off with all the sincerity of a telemarketer or standing up to some hippie-dippie teacher is cathartic, what we’d all like to say to these freaks in real life, but most of us can’t. And the clip at the end with the white guy saying how sad it is that only white guys are allowed to talk is perfect. They say good comedy comes from truth, which is why this is so appealing, and if anyone gets that, it’s Bill Burr; his stand-up is full of bits where he says things people are thinking but afraid to express. (“Why is it so quiet in here?”) I like Bobby Cannavale and Brokeem Woodbine, too, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these three guys play off each other.