Like Father review - a deceptively heart-warming learning curve
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Verdict: an emotional gut-punch for any workaholic. Jilted at the altar for allowing her work to take over her life, career-driven Rachel (Kristen Bell) takes a much-needed break in the form of a cruise ship honeymoon. However, accompanying her on this trip is not the husband she had hoped for, but rather her (until presently) absent father, Harry (Kelsey Grammer). Despite some predictability in its clichéd ‘journey-of-self-discovery’ storyline, Like Father manages to convey a message needed to be heard by inhabitants of modern society’s dog-eat-dog work environment: happiness and compassion is far more valuable than success. Rachel’s unfortunately comedic story is so relatable that it allows for a commentary of today’s technologically-obsessed society to run through the film without becoming too agenda-heavy. Rather than being a film that criticises the career orientated, Like Father is a learning curve. It shows two characters, both alike in priorities, learn to let life take control and go wherever the wind – or cruise ship – takes them. And this film sees them visit some beautiful, natural locations, a stark contrast to the industrial New York Rachel is used to. Only upon surrounding themselves with life do they recognise their sense of unfulfillment and loneliness.
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