A hopelessly estranged father catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect.
Chuck (Patton Oswalt) has a problem. His son Franklin (James Morosini) has cut off all communication with him. So, he does what any desperate father would do – he creates a fake Facebook page, pretending to be a young woman his son’s age and initiates contact with him. Obviously, not a good idea and before you know it, Chuck’s catfishing his own son, a problem that gets worse when Franklin insists they go to meet his new love. Talk about the road to nowhere…
Morosini also wrote and directed “I Love My Dad” which proves to be a unique, rather brave film that takes a deep dive into dysfunctional father-son relationships while examining the harm social media does on the self-esteem of so many Zillenials. That Chuck learns more about his son pretending to be someone else isn’t a surprise. However, what he discovers about the dynamic between Franklin and himself is revealing and rather poignant. The ending might seem a bit too pat, but the narrative chances Morosini takes early one build enough good will in the viewer that we can excuse it. 3 Stars