Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Lauren Miller, in her feature-length directorial debut. The film stars Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogen, and follows a woman who must bond with her estranged father on a cruise after she is left at the altar. The film was released on August 3, 2018, by Netflix.

Like Father
Film release poster
Directed byLauren Miller
Produced by
  • Anders Bard
  • Amanda Bowers
  • Molly Conners
  • Lauren Miller
Screenplay byLauren Miller
Story by
  • Anders Bard
  • Lauren Miller Rogen
Music byRoger Neill
CinematographySeamus Tierney
Edited byMollie Goldstein
aBard Production
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States


When a workaholic young executive (Kristen Bell) is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally work-obsessed father (Kelsey Grammer). The two arrive as strangers, but over the course of a few adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.



In July 2017, it was announced that Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer would star in Like Father, the directorial debut of Lauren Miller, who also wrote the screenplay.[1] In June 2018, a trailer for the film was released, which revealed that Seth Rogen would co-star. Lauren Miller produced the film with Anders Bard.[2]

Principal photography took place in New York and the Caribbean in August 2017.[1] Some of the film was filmed on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.


Like Father was released on Netflix on August 3, 2018.[3]

Critical responseEdit

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 49% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The site consensus reads, "Like Father unites an alarmingly talented cast for a predictable rom-com that does nothing to counter the negative stereotypes surrounding the genre."[4] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]


  1. ^ a b Kit, Borys (2017-07-13). "Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer in Talks to Star in Netflix Comedy 'Like Father' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (2018-06-19). "'Like Father' Trailer: Kelsey Grammer, Kristen Bell & Seth Rogen Are On A Boat In Netflix Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ "Here Are All of Netflix's Original Movies Coming This Summer". 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Like Father (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Like Father reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 9, 2018.

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