Director Bryce Dallas Howard teams up with her father, Ron Howard, to explore contemporary fatherhood through anecdotes and wisdom from famous funnymen such as Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.
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Credited cast:
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Self
Ron Howard ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judd Apatow ... Self
Jimmy Fallon ... Self
Andy Griffith ... Self
Neil Patrick Harris ... Self
Ken Jeong ... Self
Jimmy Kimmel ... Self
Hasan Minhaj ... Self
Conan O'Brien ... Self
Patton Oswalt ... Self
Thiago Queiroz Thiago Queiroz ... Self
Will Smith ... Self
Kenan Thompson ... Self


Dads is a joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood and a call to action for dads everywhere to take paternity leave. The film draws on the testimonies of famous funnymen such as Judd Apatow, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kenan Thompson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ken Jeong. Their reflections are combined with portraits of non-celebrity dads from different parts of the world - Brazil, Japan, the United States - who are creating new models of patriarchy. It's funny, heartwarming, and also revealing. (Apparently even professional comedians resort to dad jokes.) Among these voices, filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard interweaves that of her own father, Ron Howard, who started his acting career as Opie, son of classic television father Andy Griffith. Interviewed by his daughter, Ron speaks movingly of his goal to meet the standard set by his real-life father, Rance. If the old-fashioned father was stern and stoic, the contemporary one is more vulnerable and self-deprecating. Conan ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard. See more »


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Good mix of dads
27 June 2020 | by zoesamhapSee all my reviews

Yes, there are stars and Hollywood people but there are also "real" dads, some of whom have gone through terrible things for themselves or for their children. They make themselves vulnerable and it doesn't make them less. Whether the Hollywood dads have the means to have ten nannies and housekeepers and so on, they are still stating the fears you'd think most parents have - to raise good kids, to raise kids in safety and all the fears and uncertainties that come with being a parent. Showed it to my teens. My favorite part was the teenage section.

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