Comedy Dads

The Modern Family: A TIFF Review of ‘Dads’

September 9, 2019Ben MK

What does it mean to be a father? There was a time when fatherhood simply meant providing for one's family. But for the men in the documentary Dads, the meaning of fatherhood runs much, much deeper.

Spotlighting the stories of several dads from around the world — from a stay-at-home vlogger, to a gay couple fostering to adopt, to her own younger brother, Reed — Bryce Dallas Howard (marking her feature directorial debut) shows audiences that when it comes to being a parent, it's not just mothers who deserve all the accolades. In fact, as these dads so acutely exemplify, sometimes the old adage father knows best really holds true.

Also featuring anecdotes from celebrity dads like Will Smith, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minhaj and, of course, Ron Howard and Rance Howard, Dads is a funny and oftentimes poignant look at the role of dad in today's modern family. But more than that, it's an ode to the men who helped raise us.

Dads makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 21 min.

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