Mr. Birthday

Theatrical Release: December 17, 2021
Mr. Birthday


While working his maintenance job at an upscale hotel, Barry encounters the mysterious Mr. Jay. He introduces Barry to the International Birthday Network, an agency that helps children across the globe suffering from miserable birthdays.

Dove Review

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! 

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Strong themes of family and friendship.
Sex: One male character consistently asks out a female character—in a pestering way.
Language: Minor words/phrases like “what the heck?” and “screw up."
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Mild school bullying, main character lies several times to avoid being fired, boss of the hotel shows mildly aggressive behavior around employees.


Company: VMI Worldwide
Director: Dan Hunter
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Peyton G.