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Down Dog (15)


From the writer of Men Behaving Badly. A high flying sex addict tries to connect with his teenage son by teaching him how to get the girl he likes. But soon he discovers that in his world nothing is what it seems.

The critical consensus

Better is Durr, who is (just) likeable enough to maintain an interest in, and some of the father-son bonding scenes are touching. Yet for the most part, it’s dated, tiresome and trite.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 09/02/2015

Ultimately, the premise is absurd and repellent, and Durr’s gurning performance doesn’t help.

**(*)(*)(*)Leslie Felperin, The Guardian, 12/02/2015

Durr brings swagger and humour to his role, and Nye's script provides plenty of witty one-liners, but this still feels like a glorified sitcom.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 13/02/2015

An attempt to use comedy to raise awareness of absent fathers is undermined by jarring bawdy humour.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 15/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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