Netflix's 'Like Father' Exposes The Dark Meaning Of 'The Piña Colada Song'

7 August 2018, 15:24

Like Father
Picture: Netflix

By Sam Prance

We had no idea...

Netflix blessed us with a brand new film on Friday and we've not been able to stop watching it. Like Father stars the likes of Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer and Seth Rogen and it's a laugh from start to finish. In it Rachel Hamilton (Bell) is stood up at the altar for always prioritising work over her relationship and, after a couple of drinks, she ends up taking her estranged father Harry (Grammer) on her honeymoon.

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The entire movie is as hilarious as the plot would suggest but it is also emotional af. Kristen is as funny as ever and Kelsey is perfect as Harry but it's the heart behind their performances that makes the film so brilliant. Harry and Kelsey are essentially strangers when the movie begins but by the end of it, they are thick as thieves. There's one scene in particular that literally everyone is talking about though.

The piña colada song scene. Confused? Rachel's honeymoon is on a cruise and in the film Rachel and Harry decide to take part in a karaoke competition together. As they are rehearsing for the event, they go through a variety of songs before finally settling on 'Come Sail Way' by Styx. However, one of their options beforehand is the Rupert Holmes classic 'Escape (The Piña Colada Song)'.

Rachel suggests it but Harry shuts it down and reveals it's true meaning. Many associate the song with romance but there is actually a much darker meaning behind it. It's about a couple cheating on each other. One puts a dating add in a newspaper and the other responds to it, unaware that it's their partner. It literally opens with the line 'I was tired of my lady // We'd been together too long'.

Unsurprisingly, people are shook. Here are just a few of the responses.

Crazy, right? It actually ends positively with the couple realising they're not so different after all and falling back in love but it takes a couple of verses to get there.

This song deserves its own Netflix film tbh.

Still not buying it? Here are the wild 'Escape (The Piña Colada Song)' lyrics in full:

VERSE 1
I was tired of my lady
We'd been together too long
Like a worn out recording
Of a favorite song
So while she lay there sleepin'
I read the paper in bed
And in the personal columns
There was this letter I read

HOOK
"If you like Piña Coladas
And getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga
If you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight
In the dunes of the cape
Then I'm the love that you've looked for
Write to me and escape"

VERSE 2
I didn't think about my lady
I know that sounds kind of mean
But me and my old lady
Had fallen into the same old dull routine
So I wrote to the paper
Took out a personal ad
And though I'm nobody's poet
I thought it wasn't half bad

HOOK
"Yes, I like Piña Coladas
And getting caught in the rain
I'm not much into health food
I am into champagne
I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon
And cut through all this red tape
At a bar called O'Malley's
Where we'll plan our escape"

VERSE 3
So I waited with high hopes
And she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant
I knew the curve of her face
It was my own lovely lady
And she said, "Aw, it's you"
Then we laughed for a moment
And I said, "I never knew"

HOOK
That you like Piña Coladas
And gettin' caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean
And the taste of champagne
If you like making love at midnight
In the dunes on the cape
You're the lady I've looked for
Come with me and escape

HOOK
If you like Piña Coladas
And getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga
If you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight
In the dunes on the cape
Then I'm the love that you've looked for
Write to me and escape

HOOK
Yes I like Piña Coladas
And getting caught in the rain
I'm not much into health food
I am into champagne
I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon
And cut through all this red tape
At a bar called O'Malley's
Where we'll plan our escape