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There is no small amusement value in the comic hook Ms. Rogen works for all its worth in a few subsequent scenes, which has Rachel and Harry being mistaken for newlyweds by many of their fellow passengers. An ensuing onboard “game show,” a sort of “Newlywed Game”-style competition, is a great set piece; Harry concocts a scheme that allows them to win, albeit awkwardly. The funny stuff sells itself, and it expands with the introduction of Jeff, played by Seth Rogen, a single on the cruise whose interest in Rachel brings out Harry’s protective side. (The director is married to Mr. Rogen, whose character is given the in-joke trait of never having smoked marijuana in his life.)

The movie hews to conventional structure to a fault, right down to the characters’ inevitable reconciliation. But Ms. Rogen has a lot of good sense as a director, making the most of the floating-amusement-park atmosphere of cruise ships. Because Mr. Grammer is a first-rate actor who, since his distinguished stint on the sitcom “Frasier” hasn’t had many meaty screen roles come his way, he really sinks his teeth into Harry, and Ms. Bell is no slouch playing against him. They make the movie.

“FATHER OF THE YEAR” opens with unpretty views of a trailer park and a grungy, longhaired David Spade slinking about. But hold your horses, my friends; this is not the long-awaited sequel to 2001’s immortal comedy “Joe Dirt,” which also headlined Mr. Spade as a longhaired grunge type.

Instead, this film, directed by Tyler Spindel, splits the difference between post-teenage romantic comedy and lower-versus-middle-class-war farce. Ben (Joey Bragg), a recent college graduate, visits his hometown on his way to New York, dropping in on his dad, an aggressive loser named Wayne, played by Mr. Spade. Ben’s best friend, Larry (Matt Shively), has problems of his own at home, including a pushy science-nerd stepfather, Mardy (Nat Faxon). Rivalries between the households, such as they are, lead to Wayne’s challenging Mardy to a fight.

All this has just about as much narrative import and urgency as you might imagine, as well as a lot of third-tier Farrelly-brothers-influenced gross-out humor. There’s a scene at the beginning in which Mr. Spade’s character skinny-dips in a kiddie pool cobbled together in the back of a pickup truck. This goes bad when the truck’s owner gets in and starts driving. I admit, I laughed. I was also charmed by Bridgit Mendler as Meredith, Ben’s feisty hometown love interest. As for the rest, it’s a typical production from Adam Sandler’s outfit, Happy Madison, easygoing, vulgar and reliant on its audience’s good will toward its lead performer.

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