Dads (film)

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Official release poster
Directed byBryce Dallas Howard
Produced byRon Howard
Brian Grazer
Michael Rosenberg
Justin Wilkes
Walter Matteson
Bryce Dallas Howard
CinematographyAndré Lascaris
Edited byAndrew Morreale
Music bySami Jano
Distributed byApple TV+
Release dates
  • September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06) (TIFF)
  • June 19, 2020 (2020-06-19) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dads is an American documentary film directed by Bryce Dallas Howard in her feature film directorial debut. The film follows a portrait of contemporary fatherhood. It features celebrity fathers including Ron Howard, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Kimmel, Will Smith, Hasan Minhaj, Ken Jeong and Kenan Thompson, and everyday men around the world.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2019. It was released on June 19, 2020, by Apple TV+.


A portrait of contemporary fatherhood, the film blends the reflections of Howard's own father, film director Ron Howard, other Hollywood celebrity fathers and everyday men from around the world on what being a father means to them.



In October 2018, it was announced Bryce Dallas Howard would direct the film, with Imagine Entertainment producing.[1]


The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was named second runner-up for the People's Choice Award for Documentaries.[2] Prior to, Apple TV+ acquired distribution rights to the film.[3] It was released on June 19, 2020.[4]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 94% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "As solidly dependable as the fathers it depicts, Dads pays affectionate—and affecting—tribute to some of the many ways parents can make a difference."[5] At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 59 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

Tomris Laffly of Variety wrote: "It’s mostly a vanilla documentary with no real destination, but one with plenty of cuteness to go around."[7]


  1. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. (October 23, 2018). "Bryce Dallas Howard Directs Docu 'Dads' For Imagine". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Jessica Wong, "TIFF 2019: Jojo Rabbit captures TIFF People's Choice Award". CBC News, September 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 6, 2019). "Bryce Dallas Howard's Documentary 'Dads' Finds Home At Apple – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dads" - Premieres Globally on Apple TV+ June 19". The Futon Critic. May 11, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "Dads". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 25, 2022.
  6. ^ "Dads Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Laffly, Tomris (7 September 2019). "Film Review: 'Dads'". Variety.

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