A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everything happens for a reason. Owning up to your mistakes is a sign of maturity.
Positive Role Models
Vicenza is an adventurous, mature, and optimistic young woman who leaves home to venture into an unfamiliar urban world in a search for her unknown father.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The implications are that a mom had sex with quite a few men in her youth, so sex is an underlying theme the movie tries hard to never mention. Nevertheless, both dads protest that Vicenza is too young to "make out" when a boy her age kisses her.
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"Damn" and "screw."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Double Dad is a frothy Brazilian adventure (in Portuguese with English subtitles) about a girl who turns 18 in a remote commune and, without a thought or a penny in her pocket, travels to Rio to find the father her mother has refused to speak of all her young life. This material could make for a serious drama, but the approach here deliberately avoids any of the realities such a search would entail. Adults drink alcohol, and language goes no further than "damn" and "screw." While the underlying implication is that the mom had sex with quite a few guys 18 years back, pains are taken to wash this of any sexual content. Both dads protest that Vicenza is too young to "make out" when a boy her age kisses her. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
From the first moment, fantasy dominates the mood, telegraphing that this is a piece of fluff that no one should take too seriously. With the emphasis on Vicenza breaking away from an overprotective mother, this movie may appeal to tweens and young teens chafing at their own parental restrictions.
Double Dad is buoyed by the sweet and open-hearted personality of a young woman in search of the identity of her father, but nothing about this suggests the actual difficulty anyone trying to find a father might encounter. Be aware that the implications are that Mom had sex with quite a few men in her youth, so sex is an underlying theme the movie tries hard to never mention. Both dads protest that Vicenza is too young to "make out" when a boy her age kisses her, raising the irony that they themselves clearly were active sexually when they were around her age.
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