Whilst comedian Bill Burr’s new comedy movie Old Dads might have been almost universally slammed by critics, it is topping Netflix charts across the world.
Notably, the film pits a “cranky middle-aged dad and his two best friends” against the changing of the times, as they find themselves to be “out of step in a changing world of millennial CEOs and powerful preschool principals”.
The movie has an all-star cast. Alongside Burr, the likes of Bobby Cannavale, Bokeem Woodbine, Katie Aselton, Reign Edwards, Jackie Tohn, Miles Robbins, Rachael Harris and Bruce Dern appear, as well as an extensive list of other familiar faces.
A Netflix original, since debuting on the streaming giant on October 20th, it has quickly shot up the site’s charts despite being widely panned by critics. Demonstrating how Old Dads has polarised opinions, on Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 17% critic score but a 90% audience score.
According to the streaming data aggregator FlixPatrol, Old Dads secured the Netflix top spot the day after it arrived on the site and has been sitting with healthy numbers ever since.
Old Dads is number one in 23 countries, including unexpected places such as The Bahamas, Cyprus, Serbia and Hungary. In the face of such a negative critical response, this is a remarkable feat, particularly when noting that it is currently charting in 81 countries globally. This kind of performance will surely see Netflix enlist the comedian for a sequel in the not-too-distant future.
Watch the trailer for Old Dads below.