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Come to Daddy

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Ultra-violent, darkly comic thriller explores masculinity.

Movie R 2020 93 minutes
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Exceedingly, ridiculously violent, this darkly comic thriller explores various codes of masculinity, but it also packs quite a few wild surprises into its outlandish story. Written by Toby Harvard and directed by Ant Timpson (based on a story by both), Come to Daddy begins with the odd image of Norval wearing ill-fitting, futuristic fashions and claiming to be "in the music business." This sets him up as the opposite of an older generation of "manly man." The old man responds by asking whether Norval has ever been in a fight. He hasn't, but his chance is coming.

Without giving away any of the story's reveals, the conflict in Come to Daddy involves killing all the members of a gang of men in the name of doing the right thing and protecting Norval's mother (who's never seen). Most of the trouble comes when a particularly vile villain, Jethro (Michael Smiley), who carries a flaming crossbow, gets away. Norval follows him, but he makes a stop to spend some time with a sex worker who strangles her paying customers. The only other woman in the cast is a kind coroner (Madeleine Sami) whom Norval drunkenly calls and awkwardly propositions. In the end, secret bonds between families and between fathers and sons seem stronger than any gory violence.

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