A family comedy in which a troubled ex-con finds his better self through the love of his young children.


(as Mackinlay Polhemus)




Credited cast:
Josiah Polhemus ...
Joe Barring (as Joe Polhemus)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Todd Adams ...
Dad in park
Pretty Boy ...
One-legged Canary
Elwood Carlisle ...
Homeless Man
Crespi High School Cheer Squad ...
Ryan DoRemus ...
Headband Karate Dude
Emma Encinas ...
Girl in park
Heidi Polhemus Ford ...
Funeral Mourner
John Ford ...
Funeral Mourner
Peter Friedrich ...
Cop in park #2
Cop in park #1
Bill Griffin ...
Brian Harwell ...
Rena Hubbard ...
Caroline Hurley ...
Karate Cashier


When Joe Barring's ex-girlfriend dies, Joe is entrusted with the lives of three young children (ages 1, 3 and 5). Joe is hardly ready to meet the demands of fatherhood. He drinks too much, fights too much and fools around with too many women. No matter though, because Joe's tough-talking mother forces Joe to take the kids anyway. Under the watchful eye of a social worker, Joe does everything in his power to prove that he is a misfit parent in hopes that the kids will be transferred to a "better" home. The problem is that Joe's plan works. When the kids are taken away, Joe realizes how much he's grown attached to them. Somehow the kids have managed to turn Joe's life around, reforming him from one bad man into one baaaaad dad. Written by M. Polhemus

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Can an irresponsible, good for nothing drifter, accept parenthood? Heck yeah!


Comedy | Family


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27 July 2006 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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infectious family fun
21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though a small film with an obvious small budget, MY BAD DAD, is thoroughly entertaining and great laughs for kids and adults. The whole Polhemus family throw their whole selves into delivering an unapologetic entertaining and charming film. The film feels like it was fun to make and we get caught up in the fun everyone seems to be having.

Mack Polhemus's directing is sure and his script is solid (schmaltzy at times? oh yes, but that's kind of the point). The performances range from top notch to forgivable, but the solid story, pacing, and great cameo characters, keep us engaged.

The three children are cute and fun to watch. Joe Polhemus's performance is solid and often very funny, the various smaller characters often steal the show -- special kudos should go to the Security Guard Boss (Josh Hitchinson), Nora the Nanny (Melanie Jane Sanchez), and the judge (Clive Miller).

Lots of fun. Find it if you can.

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