In the discomfiting dysfunctional comedy, “I REALLY LIKE MY FATHER,” Chuck (Patton Oswalt), a compulsive liar, is estranged from his son Franklin (writer/director James Morosini, who based the film on his true to life) to be a negative dad. Chuck breaks promises. He’s got lame excuses. He disappoints, repeatedly. Franklin decides to cut him out of his life. When Chuck is blocked by Franklin, it prompts him to attempt to reconnect along with his son who’s fragile having attempted suicide by developing a fake online identity. Pretending to be Becca (Claudia Sulewski), a woman who claims to possess romantic interests in Franklin, Chuck has the capacity to find out about his son and say what to Franklin he’s got been struggling to express otherwise.
It is a foolish, harebrained scheme, right out of “Cyrano” and “Who YOU IMAGINE I’M” in fact it is bound to backfire. Except it could just bring estranged father and son closer together (provided that Franklin never learns the reality). And “I REALLY LIKE MY FATHER” is hilarious, heartfelt, or hateful, based on one’s tolerance for cringe-comedy.
“That’s when I really do probably the most lying: to myself. You need to be an excellent liar to place that off, so I’m very pleased with myself.”
Oswalt includes a field day as Chuck, a desperate man who hopes to correct a relationship he broke but doubles down on his bad behavior in his awkward and wrongheaded attempts to repair things. It really is amusing to see Chuck texting Franklin while pretending to be always a lovesick woman, but he also offers a wild sexual exchange along with his colleague/girlfriend Erica (Rachel Dratch) whom he manipulates in a single scene to maintain the charade.
The actor/comedian, talked with Salon about parenting, lying, and making “I REALLY LIKE MY FATHER.”
Chuck is really a compulsive liar. On which occasions can you lie or manipulate things?
I believe probably the most lying that I really do would be to myself, particularly when I’m blowing off a deadline, or when I’m justifying some dumb thing that I’m doing or not doing what I’m said to be doing. I’ll justify it as self-care and relaxation when I’m just blowing stuff off. That’s when I really do probably the most lying: to myself. You need to be an excellent liar to place that off, so I’m very pleased with myself.
Chuck is comic or pathetic. I possibly could smell him sweating through the entire film. [Oswalt laughs.] You need to inform every scene with a selection on how best to play it, what lengths to push things. Is it possible to discuss that process?
“I must say i can’t stand pranks. I’ve never understood the appeal . . . Folks have enough tension within their lives.”
That has been mainly around the script and the scene and the context of as soon as. I hardly ever really worried about what lengths I could take this, I simply let myself serve the scene and the entire story even though that meant putting myself in very uncomfortable positions even for an audience to view. I was just very available to that.
Is it possible to talk about dealing with James, who both directed and lived this story?
He was centered on directing and acting inside it, therefore i was centered on serving the script the very best I can. He previously enough plate-spinning. I simply tried to remain out of his way.
How come Chuck this type of bad dad? He more often than not makes a negative move and tries to overcompensate. What drives him? He could be so untrustworthy!
I believe he is suffering from that thing with him it really is permanent, but I believe most of us experience it that “Don’t I get credit for wanting to be good. Do I must bother going right through with finished .? See how I needed to get this done? Doesn’t that get me any credit?” He can’t believe folks are expecting a continue. He managed to get part of his life to be heartfelt and charming with apologies, so he knows, subconsciously, he is able to escape doing things, or replace it later. He’s got stuck himself in a weird comfort loop, though it is shredding him psychologically and emotionally.
Yes, the wonder of one’s performance is that as a viewer, you’re calibrating each scene. I never thought “He’ll take action right,” it had been more, “He’s not likely to go too much.” Chuck won’t “be better,” but “be less.”
Nope! Not Chuck! [Laughs]
There’s an amusing three-way “phone sex” scene between Chuck and Franklin and Erica. It had been mildly uncomfortable, but there’s another scene where you and James just choose broke and kiss passionately. It’s like I needed it to go there, but I was almost sorry it did. [Oswalt laughs]
You need to speak to James about this. It was area of the script, also it was all cut together. What made that scene work is that you understand the degrees of love and lust that James had because of this character of Rebecca. Now it really is being transferred to his dad, so that it needed to be this way.
Patton Oswalt and James Morosini in “I REALLY LIKE MY FATHER” (Magnolia Pictures)
Chuck sometimes tries to improve Franklin’s self-esteem. His friend Jimmy (Lil Rel Howery) insists Franklin keep his expectations low. I understand you have struggled with trauma that you experienced. Do you decrease your expectations? How can you keep a sunny disposition?
Never to sound clich, but I count my blessings when Personally i think low and angry at myself. I reach do comedy. My daughter rocks !. My friends are perfect. I reach watch them prosper. I’m within an industry where I’m paid to be creative. You need to do check-ins like this where you remind yourself prior to going spiraling off.
Talking about being creative, I am aware you’ve got a comic book, “Minor Threats” developing. Can you discuss that project?
Yes! That happens Wednesday, Aug. 24. I wrote it with Jordan Blum. We have been two huge comic book fans, and we made a decision to make our very own universe and take action from the idea of view of low-level, blue-collar supervillains that are coping with the fallout of an enormous supervillain taking right out an enormous hero, and today the rest of the heroes are cracking down so difficult, the street-level supervillains are planning, “Maybe we have to turn he in, and obtain just a little credit.” They’re fighting to help keep their normal, low-level criminal lives going.
“Watching this film with strangers at night is an extremely memorable, very cringe-y, fun experience.”
Chuck tells Erica he is really a practical joker and loves to play pranks. Is it possible to discuss a prank you pulled that has been either epic or an epic failure?
I must say i can’t stand pranks. I’ve never understood the appeal. I don’t pull pranks on people. It isn’t my thing. Folks have enough tension within their lives.
With all this is really a father/son film, so what can you say about your relationship together with your father or your relationship together with your daughter? How can you see being truly a child or perhaps a parent?
I didn’t pull from experience with my father because my father is pretty awesome, and I’ve an extremely good relationship with him. And yes, while my daughter and I have already been through some trauma together, I really like getting together with her but still like being truly a parent. That wasn’t anything I pulled from for the film.
What observations are you experiencing about parenthood?
Be excited to be always a parent; just arrive every day. You don’t have to be awesome when it comes to, “Oh, we did this craft also it ended up being great.” They don’t really care about the outcomes of what they’re doing. They would like to know that you wish to spending some time using them, and that you will be excited to be using them. Even if everything you want to do fails out, that may be fun.
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What can you prefer to do together with your daughter?
I’m a large movie buff, so we shall watch movies together. She likes attempting to build Legos. And she actually is quite definitely into sports. I’ll watch her play basketball, do trampoline and gymnastics, and encourage her. Then we shall make an effort to go and play basketball, despite the fact that I’m horrible at it, which she thinks is hilarious.
What do you consider audiences should get out of this film? Never to catfish your son?
I don’t desire to tell audiences what things to get as a result. I simply hope they will have an incredible experience in theater. Watching this film with strangers at night is an extremely memorable, very cringe-y, fun experience. That’s what I am hoping they get as a result.
“I REALLY LIKE MY FATHER” happens to be in theaters and on demand Friday, Aug. 12. Watch a trailer, via YouTube.