A true Mark Wahlberg drama is destroying Netflix

Mark Wahlberg’s biopic Father Stu is # 1 on Netflix.

by Matteo Creith | Published

In actor Mark Wahlberg’s long career, he went from rapping in Boston to starring in major films alongside heavyweight actors such as Amy Adams, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Dwayne Johnson. Known for taking risks in his career for famous directors, Wahlberg stunned audiences with a performance in the 2022 biopic Father Stu, which he also produced. The film based on a true story was a modest box office success and is now climbing the charts on Netflix to claim the top spot in the subscription streaming platform.

Mark Wahlberg

According to FlixPatrol

a website designed to track streaming content around the world, Father Stu is currently the number one streaming movie on Netflix in the US, beating other titles such as Take revenge, MorbioAnd I was famous. Father Stu sees Mark Wahlberg as Stuart Long, a former boxer turned Catholic priest who continues to inspire those around him after dealing with his criminal past and his rare muscle disease known as inclusion body myositis. Wahlberg produced the film and intended the film to honor and be true to Long’s story, as the priest in real life died in 2014.

Written and directed by Rosalind Ross on her feature film directorial debut, Father Stu it was released in theaters on April 13, 2022 and did quite well at the box office. The Mark Wahlberg-led film grossed over $ 21 million at the box office against a $ 4 million budget, a modest take from an indie film that had no ties to an existing franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Fast & Furious film saga. Father Stu it was specifically released at a time known as Holy Week for devout Catholics, which coincides every year between Palm Sunday and Easter.

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Despite Father Stu has had a decent return to the box office for a small film, critics and audiences have not seen eye to eye when it comes to their reviews of the film. Rotten tomatoes currently ranks Mark Wahlberg’s film with 42% on its Tomatometer based on 42 critical reviews, but the audience score stands at 95% on more than 1,000 verified ratings by site users. It seems to be evident that while many critics were confused in their understanding of the film, audiences seem to have enjoyed elements of the true story, which helps explain why. Father Stu is currently number 1 on Netflix.

Mark Wahlberg

However, the cast of Father Stu it could also explain why the film is such a hit with streaming viewers. Mark Wahlberg is still a big box office draw and a well-known Netflix star of late with his turn alongside comedian Kevin Hart in the comedy about friends. I time, but it’s Father Stu’s supporting cast that makes the difference. Mel Gibson stars in the film as Long’s estranged father, a different kind of role for an Oscar-winning director and actor who has had his fair share of clashes with the law in the past.

Also protagonist Father Stu starring Gibson and Mark Wahlberg is Australian character actress Jacki Weaver, known to American audiences for her work in David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook opposite Jennifer Lawrence, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In fact, David O. Russell, as Wahlberg’s frequent collaborator, was initially in charge of writing the script. Father Stu before the script and directing were transferred to Rosalind Ross. The film was eventually shot in parts of Los Angeles and Montana with Wahlberg earning £ 30 for playing Stuart Long.

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After the success of Father Stu, Mark Wahlberg may spend more time on Netflix charts than originally expected. The actor and producer is currently shooting Our man from Jersey for Netflix, an action thriller starring JK Simmons, Halle Berry, Jackie Earle Haley and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. He also signed up for the epic adventure Arthur the kingcurrently in production with British director Simon Cellan Jones at the helm and co-star The fate of the furious actor Nathalie Emmanuel, as well as Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings protagonist Simu Liu.

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