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My Dead Dad

USA 2021
produced by
Tara Ansley, Pedro Correa, Declan Baldwin (executive), Karl Hartman (executive) for Never Norm Films, Big Indie Pictures, Wanderwell Entertainment
directed by Fabio Frey
starring Pedro Correa, Raymond Cruz, Courtney Dietz, Simon Rex, Booboo Stewart, Steven Bauer, Chris Pontius, Nicholas Duvernay, Nate Jackson, Ricardo Molina, Sascha Knopf, Gabriel Romero, Cecilia Phoneix, Joe McGill, Keeley Manca, Noah Taliferro, Cristina Lizzul, Donia Rosia, Shu Lan Tuan, Katherine Du Bois (voice), RiRia, Robert Amico, Joseph Callari, Andy Roy, Thomas Cokenias, Ausar Bowens, Logan Shroyer, Jordan Bostick, Ryan Holland
written by Pedro Correa, Fabio Frey, music by David M Saunders

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Lucas's (Pedro Correa) dad (Ricardo Molina) has only recently died, and Lucas initially thinks he couldn't care less because his old man has abandoned the family 10 years ago and Lucas has lost all contact to him - but then he learns that dad has left him an apartment building in LA, which comes as a total surprise, and lures Lucas to the place, where he has to face his own past as a one-time local skateboard star (he has achieved little since), but also learn that his father might have loved him much more than he has ever imagined. Lucas's uncle (Steven Bauer) urges him to sell the building, which he admit would be in his own interest as well, but once living there and finding a sort of surrogate father in the building's maintenance man (Raymond Cruz), Lucas soon isn't too sure anymore whether this would actually be a good idea. And then he meets one of the building's tenants, Sophie (Courtney Dietz), who he falls for almost immediately, and the feelings seem to be mutual, judging from a road trip they go on together that ends in sex. Thing is, Sophie has a boyfriend (Simon Rex), and they're only days away from getting married ...

 

A very enjoyable character piece that in all honesty doesn't always stay clear of clichés but spins an interesting enough yarn of its own to keep one engaged, and is based on very relatable characters, with warts and all, to remain believable. And a very subtle directorial effort that both perfectly corresponds with the general subtlety of the script and manages to keep light-footed, and a strong ensemble cast make this an almost unexpectedly entertaining movie.

 

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