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Dad Wanted

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stranger helps girl enter bike race; cursing, drinking.

Movie NR 2020 102 minutes
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This movie is both sweet and maddeningly inappropriate at the same time. One questions the judgment of a writer and director who collaborated to create a story about a 10-year-old girl with a passion for BMX cycling, but included the word "f--k." You have to wonder who the filmmakers thought Dad Wanted is for when at its core it's about a stranger willing to pose as the 10-year-old's father both at her school and when he signs her up for a bicycle race that her mother has forbidden because it's too dangerous. On what planet would any responsible adult ever undermine the direct wishes of a strange kid's parent?

Setting aside the implausible premise, the movie does deserve credit for grappling with the loss of a parent and the way that the remaining parent's grief may lead to bad decisions and overprotective parenting.

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