Vera Farmiga is not a name readily associated with drollery — her bounded approach to comedic delivery generally results in talking faster — and her performance here is not about to change any minds. Writer/director Shana Feste’s (Country Strong, Endless Love) feel-good, “love-me-daddy” road picture proffers a pair of males for Farmiga’s single mom to bounce off: a delicate 14-year-old son (Lewis MacDougall), known to sketch nude pencil-drawings of everyone from mom’s dates to the school principal, and her estranged, pot-selling pappy (Christopher Plummer). Yet another rancid old-age comedy that metes out more adult diaper gags than it does laughs (or insight). As Farmiga’s tanned, rested, and ready father, Plummer’s manicured carriage contradicts that of a beggared pot dealer. The actor is incapable of mediocrity, but damn if the script doesn’t draw him close to the edge. As a soon-to-be-senior who enjoys his smoke, I cannot begin to tell you how much this film offended me. (2018) — Scott Marks
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