Trash Talk on Netflix

(Above: Joey Bragg and David Spade in ‘Father of the Year’)

Netflix will roll out two feature comedies this Friday, July 20 – one live-action and one animated.

Father of the Year

Father of the Year, from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, stars David Spade in a role that is one of his specialties: the trashy deadbeat.

In this film, however, Spade’s character is such a ne’er-do-well that he lives not in, but under, a trailer.

Two recent college graduates, Ben (Joey Bragg) and Larry (Matt Shively), engage in some drunken trash talk. The argument? Which one of their loser fathers would win in a fight – Ben’s dad Wayne (Spade) or Larry’s old man Mardy (Nat Faxon)? Alcohol-fueled ruminating becomes reality when Wayne and Mardy duke it out, causing physical, financial and personal destruction – and possibly some self-reflection by their sons.

Duck Duck Goose

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan lends his voice to a bachelor goose, Peng, in the animated Duck Duck Goose.

Peng is a loner who leaves his flock of geese to live life on his own terms. Peng forfeits that independence when he rescues two young ducklings from a predatory cat. The ducklings adopt Peng as their parent, and the three continue “a beautiful and dangerous journey through mountains and lakes, bamboo forests, marble caves and deep river valleys to reach their respective flocks.”

The cast of voices includes Zendaya, Lance Lim, Carl Reiner, Stephen Fry, Craig Ferguson, Greg Proops, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey and Ric Overton.

This will mark the second consecutive Friday for a Gaffigan debut. On July 13, his stand-up special, Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape, debuted on iTunes, Amazon and other streaming platforms.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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