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My Bad Dad (2006)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 27 July 2006 (USA)
A family comedy in which a troubled ex-con finds his better self through the love of his young children.


Mack Polhemus (as Mackinlay Polhemus)


Mack Polhemus


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Credited cast:
Josiah Polhemus ... Joe Barring (as Joe Polhemus)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Todd Adams J. Todd Adams ... Dad in park
Ann Boehlke Ann Boehlke ... Ann Ross (as Ann Boehlke Polhemus)
Pretty Boy Pretty Boy ... One-legged Canary
Elwood Carlisle Elwood Carlisle ... Homeless Man
Crespi High School Cheer Squad Crespi High School Cheer Squad ... Cheerleaders
Ryan DoRemus Ryan DoRemus ... Headband Karate Dude
Emma Encinas Emma Encinas ... Girl in park
Joshua Farrell ... Security Guard (as Josh Hutchinson)
Heidi Polhemus Ford Heidi Polhemus Ford ... Funeral Mourner
John Ford John Ford ... Funeral Mourner
Peter Friedrich Peter Friedrich ... Cop in park #2
Brandon Ford Green ... Cop in park #1
Bill Griffin Bill Griffin ... Churchgoer
Brian Harwell Brian Harwell ... Investigator


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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Grandma Barring and the kids are great! So is the security cop!
18 July 2007 | by JosiahPolhemusSee all my reviews

Watch kids give a terrific performance. Donna and Russ Barring are also highlights. Enjoy its charm and sweetness (a little rough around the edges). A nice and enjoyable film. The film focuses on unexpected connections found between profoundly different family members. Also, it gives a positive spin to dysfunctional families, making the point that love is the most important element, and no experts can sway the "truth." It pokes fun at the 'expertise' of social services and of our family values: what's normal, isn't, and what's odd, is sometimes just normal quirky human behavior. This is a comedy with a dramatic underbelly. -J.

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27 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Bolinas, California, USA See more »


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$100,000 (estimated)
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