Fatherhood

A widowed new dad copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own. Inspired by a true story.

Year: 2021
Certificate: PG
Runtime: 1hr 50m
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Kevin HartAlfre WoodardLil Rel HoweryDeWanda WiseFrankie FaisonAnthony CarriganPaul ReiserMelody Hurd

Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/81435227

Becoming a parent is a major milestone in life, so when Matt and his wife Liz find out they are expecting, they realise their lives will never be the same. They were right in the most tragic of ways.

Fatherhood tells the story of Matt (Kevin Hart) who loses his wife shortly after she gives birth to their daughter Maddy. Known as someone whom is unreliable, Matt is determined to prove everybody, including himself, that he can take care of his child.

No matter how much Maddy’s grandparents beg, Matt refuses to leave his job and home to move back to his roots and with his friends around him, and he works at raising Maddie all by himself.

We follow Matt and Maddy dealing with the highs and lows of fatherhood. From nappies to sex education – the life of a parent is never easy and doing it alone makes it even harder.

As a father myself, I was interested on how Matt’s character would be portrayed. In many ways, fathers are looked upon as the lesser parent and with Kevin Hart’s usual comedic talents, I expected Matt to be portrayed as a bit of a moron and not because he was, but because he was a dad and “dad’s are useless”.

Gladly that was not the case. Kevin Hart played the part really well and the screenplay allowed his character to have faults, but those faults were human ones and to be expected of any person in the situation he found himself in.

The screenplay was taken from a book called “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Love & Loss” the true story of Matt  who, just like in this film, lost his wife and was left to raise his daughter as a single parent. Although I haven’t read the book, I could tell through my own experiences how genuine the script was. Experiencing funny looks as a father when you walk into a 99% female environment such as a toddler group is a very real and scary thing and it takes guts to stay and show that it doesn’t matter if you’re a mum or a dad, you’re there to give your child the best start in life.

Another concern I had was how comedic the movie would be. Again I needn’t have worried. Although the film carries all the charm that Kevin Hart brings to the screen. There is a great balance between the jokes and the seriousness of the situations the characters find themselves in, in fact I felt sometimes there were chances for more jokes, but I appreciated that they dialled back Hart’s usual wacky personality and brought forward what could be a different side to him. I think this is the best performance I have seen from Kevin Hart. Full of smiles and laughs, the film is also full of heart and charm and definitely left me with the feeling of a lump in my throat on more than one occasion.

Parent or not, I think you will really enjoy Fatherhood and I know after watching the movie for this review I intend to watch it again soon.

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