Dir: James Morosini, US, 2022, 96 min.
James Morosini, Patton Oswalt, Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch
“When James Morosini was 20, he and his father had a falling-out. In order to keep in touch with a son who has blocked him on social media… his father created a fake profile of a hot girl on Facebook, friended James, and, well, catfished him. At face value, it’s a wild, upsetting story. But Morosini’s decision not just to share it with the world, but in a raucous narrative feature rather than a confessional essay or documentary, was a surprisingly brilliant one. With I Love My Dad, he found a way to find the comedy and, shockingly, the heart that pulsed beneath his father’s arguably inexcusable actions. Yes, it becomes outrageous – when the catfishing reaches the point of cybersex, Morosini stages the sequence in a way that will have you cackling, cringing, and screaming in horror all at the same but this is an intimate story about a father and son struggling to connect, and he makes sure you never lose that thread. I Love My Dad won the Jury Award at SXSW for Best Narrative Feature. After shrieking, laughing, and, yes, even crying my way through the film, I can see why.” —Kevin Fallon, Daily Beast