‘I Just Killed My Dad’ Review: The Anthony Templet Case Is Netflix’s Latest True Crime Series Not To Watch With The Whole Family

The title phrase was uttered in 2019 by then 17-year-old Anthony Templet, who had just shot his father in their Baton Rouge, Louisiana home.

Over the course of three episodes, director Skye Borgman (also responsible for Netflix’s ‘Girl In The Picture’) unravels the events leading up to these actions, including allegations of child abuse and abduction, as well as the decision of Anthony’s father, Burt, to homeschool. him and demand that he know where the boy is at all times.

“I Just Killed My Dad” thus gradually peels back the layers of this sordid saga – “sordid” being the operative word for almost everything Netflix does in the true-crime space, including its recent entries “The Man most hated on the Internet” and “Our Father”.

What makes it all vaguely creepy is Anthony’s numb, emotionless response – seemingly convinced he’s done nothing wrong – and his general manner, which indicates that all hasn’t gone well. at home.

After the initial flurry of twists and turns, the story gets bogged down in the middle, giving way to Anthony’s attorney and the prosecutor in the case trying to find a path that resembles justice given all the extenuating circumstances. . As the latter notes, there is an understandable concern about making it seem like a sanction for murder and how letting the boy go might be perceived. (The case was solved in 2021, but not knowing how to add to the viewing experience.)

Frankly, “I Just Killed My Dad” seems to exist largely because of that attention-grabbing title, which marries old-school exploitation flicks with the fare normally found on channels like Investigation Discovery.

Netflix has gone a little overboard with this kind of docuseries in terms of volume, but to be fair, so does everyone else. Plus, these projects reliably light up social media for far less money than going out and hiring an all-star cast.

While something like “I Just Killed My Dad” might not be the kind of fun material for the whole family, it’s the kind of formula that usually ensures a trip to the top of the most-watched tier. of service.

“I Just Killed My Dad” premieres August 9 on Netflix.