Netflix’s ‘Like Father’ Based on a True Story?
Netflix has had a history of producing shows that are based on stories, dreams or novels. Like the popular romantic comedy The Kissing Booth comes from a Wattpad story that turned into a novel later. But even more thrilling is that Netflix has based a whole film on a real life true story. Like Father offers something very personal – the actual family experience of it’s writer and director Lauren Miller Rogen.
Lauren Miller Rogen has previously written movies and even starred in them. But Like Father marks her first directorial debut. The new Netflix film which came out on August 3rd revolves around an ambitious workaholic named Rachel who got stood up on her wedding day. Instead of taking on her honeymoon with her new husband, Rachel is joined by her long-estranged father Harry. While on the cruise ship, the two try to work on their strained relationship. But a fellow cruiser believes that the whole idea was insane. The film continues to unravel with heart-wrenching conversations, chaos and laughter.
Kristen Bell stars as Rachel in the upcoming Netflix movie while Kelsey Grammer plays her father Harry. Lauren Miller’s husband Seth Rogen also appears in the movie as a person on the cruise ship with Rachel and Harry. Even though in reality, Lauren Miller was not left at the altar and she did not embark a cruise with her estranged father either. But still somehow, Like Father could be based on her real story. She herself revealed this in an interview saying that the script came from an intensely personal place.
Lauren Miller Rogen shared that when she wrote the script, her mother was into the early years of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Even when that depressed and angered Rogen, she had to give out a lighter side to the dark circumstances. Further, the director for Like Father added that with the highs and lows of the film, she tried to work out her life and that she wanted to create a world that many people could relate to. The film also mentions Alzheimer’s because Rogen wants to make it a part of the national conversation. She believes that it is a crisis in the country and that normalizing it, making it a part of the media and talking about it are essential steps.
Even when the film is inspired by Rogen’s mom, she credits it to her real father too. Recently, Lauren Miller shared a picture with her father on Instagram. And shared that the title of the movie Like Father actually depicts how her relationship with her dad is.
Lauren Miller Rogen seems to have close bonds with her family. After the death of her mother, she along with her husband Seth Rogen even set up a charity institute for Alzheimer patients. The ‘Hilarity for Charity’ helps raise money for the patients and awareness among the younger generations.
The way that Rogen connects with her family might just have something to do with the fact that her first directorial debut is based on a father-daughter relationship. Like Father is now streaming on Netflix. Here’s our review on it!