Barry is just a hotel maintenance man doing his best to respect the disgruntled boss, offer guests the best experience, and raise his daughter Emily (all by himself). Carrying the weight of these responsibilities grows heavier when no one shows up for Emily’s birthday party.
Meanwhile, a permanent resident of the hotel, Mr. Jay, has a new, exciting opportunity for Barry and Emily—a chance to give other children, much like Emily facing loneliness and isolation, the best birthday ever, creating lasting memories and showcasing true friendship for children all over.
This secret side-gig is great for dad and daughter, but when the hotel’s corporate office plans a visit, and Barry’s boss threatens to fire anyone who messes up the big day, Barry must choose what’s most important: celebrating kids who need an extra dose of love, or standing watch at the hotel’s front door.
While Mr. Birthday includes bullies who consistently pick on Emily, and one male character who constantly asks a female character out (becoming quite the pest), this film provides a fresh, creative perspective on friendship.
Due to these positive elements, Mr. Birthday is Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take
Mr. Birthday weaves strong themes of family and friendship into an adventure that ensures everyone has the perfect birthday!