Bill Burr’s ‘Old Dads’ has lots of bark, little bite

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Bill Burr’s comedy comes from the perspective of a middle-age dude unwilling — or unable — to keep up with the progressives.

“Old Dads,” streaming on Netflix, mirrors his stand-up act. He plays a small-business owner on the verge of being canceled for “sins” like sharing a joke about Caitlyn Jenner during a work trip and telling off a snooty principal at his son’s school. His main gripe: Politically correct people don’t really care about the plight of others; they’re just trying to stay out of trouble.

Burr recruited some top talent for his directorial debut (he also co-wrote the script with Ben Tishler). Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine play his hapless business partners. Bruce Dern pops up as a cranky Uber driver.

Burr unleashes some memorable rants, like when he lights into a motel owner who scolds him for smoking a cigar. But he ultimately pulls his punches. Just when the film is poised to rake the far left over the coals, he ends up throwing his own character onto the fire. All will be fine, he concludes, as long as you take a few anger management courses and listen to your level-headed wife.

Burr was much more daring in his animated series, “F Is for Family,” also available on Netflix. “Old Dads” is missing that show’s spunk.

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