Release Date: February 14th, 2007 by Lionsgate Films.
The Cast: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tasha Smith, Gary Sturgis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lou Gossett, Jr., Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Cassie Davis, Juanita Jennings, LaVan Davis.
Directed by Tyler Perry.
BASIC PREMISE: Monty (Elba), a single father, falls in love with Julie (Union), a lawyer who helps him get custody of his three children.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Unlike his last two theatrical releases, Daddy’s Little Girls doesn’t have writer/director Tyler Perry hiding behind a fat suit in a desperate attempt for comedy. It’s almost a miracle that Perry’s script doesn’t rely on potty humor as a means to generate laughs. The protagonist here is Monty, a mechanic who also works as a chauffeur for Julie, a wealthy lawyer who can’t find a decent guy to date. Coincidentally, Monty needs her legal services to get custody of his cute little children instead of letting his mean ex-wife, Jennifer (Smith), take care of them with her boyfriend, who happens to be a hustler. Julie doesn’t seem like a plausibly successful lawyer given how she forgets to do an adequate background check on her new pro-bono client. The plot gets more convoluted as it combines drama, romance and comedy with mixed results. It feels much like a daytime soap opera with plenty of contrivances, implausibility and melodrama. Yet, concurrently, it still manages to be mildly entertaining thanks to a lively and talented ensemble cast who seem to enjoy their roles, no matter how unrealistic they may be.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Mostly contrived and implausible.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
IN A NUTSHELL: A mostly contrived and implausible plot saved by a lively ensemble cast and lack of potty humor.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (Matinee)
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