Father of the Year (film)

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Father of the Year
Father of the Year.png
Film poster
Directed byTyler Spindel
Produced by
Written by
  • Brandon Cournoyer
  • Tyler Spindel
Music byElmo Weber
CinematographyBrad Shield
Edited by
  • J.J. Titone
  • Jason Gourson
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Father of the Year is an American comedy film directed by Tyler Spindel. The film stars David Spade, Nat Faxon, Bridgit Mendler, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively, and Jared Sandler.

The film was released on July 20, 2018 by Netflix.


  • David Spade as Wayne, Ben's dimwitted unemployed father
  • Nat Faxon as Mardy, Larry's scientist father
  • Joey Bragg as Ben, Wayne's son who is a recent college graduate and Larry's best friend
  • Matt Shively as Larry, Mardy's son and Ben's best friend
  • Bridgit Mendler as Meredith, Ben's love interest
  • Camille Clark as Caryssa, the hot townie
  • Jackie Sandler as Krystal, Mardy's wife, Larry's stepmother, and Aiden's mother
  • Mary Gillis as Ruth, Larry's neighbor
  • Jared Sandler as Nathan, Ben's and Larry's friend
  • Bill Kottkamp as PJ, Ben's and Larry's friend
  • Kevin Nealon as Peter Francis, CEO of ISG Energy
  • Peyton Russ as Aiden, Krystal's son, Mardy's stepson, and Larry's stepbrother
  • Moses Storm as Trey, Larry's drug dealer
  • Dean Winters as Geoff, a neighbor who runs in the "wife carrying race"
  • Ashley Spillers as Olivia, Mardy's lab assistant


In July 2017, it was announced that David Spade, Nat Faxon, Bridgit Mendler, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively, and Jackie Sandler would star in Who Do You Think Would Win? for Netflix.[1] The film was eventually re-titled Graduates[2] and then later Father of the Year.[3]

Principal photography took place in Boston and Hudson, MA in June 2017.[1]


The film was released on July 20, 2018.[4] It had previously been scheduled for June 29, 2018.[2]


Rotten Tomatoes gives Father of The Year an approval rating of 0%,[5] the third time a film from Happy Madison Productions has received 0%, after The Ridiculous 6 and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (May 3, 2017). "David Spade, Bridgit Mendler & More Co-Star In 'Who Do You Think Would Win?' For Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Trumbore, Dave (April 9, 2018). "Here Are All of Netflix's Original Movies Coming This Summer". Collider. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (June 21, 2018). "Netflix in July 2018: What's coming ... and going". USA Today. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Graduates". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Father of the Year, retrieved 2018-08-02
  6. ^ The Ridiculous 6, retrieved 2018-08-02
  7. ^ Father of the Year, retrieved 2018-08-02

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