A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
In DOUBLE DAD, Vicenza (Maisa Silva) has lived in a remote Brazilian commune with her free-spirited mother Raion (Laila Zaid) all her life. When she reaches 18, Mom travels to India and Vicenza runs to Rio to find the father hidden from her for years, based on a random photo she finds. Things fall into place rather easily as she takes a 10-hour bus ride to a city she's never been to where, without a hitch, she finds Paco (Eduardo Moscovis), the man she's looking for. In no time, she discovers another picture of her mother with yet another man, this one named Giovanne (Marcelo Medici), and lickety-split she finds that guy, too, getting past security at his large office building to confront him as well. Both men embrace her with little or no evidence and no hesitation. But when each man learns of the other, they both abandon her in anger. Will Vicenza's sunny outlook charm everyone and lead to a happy ending?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way that
normal">Double Dad looks at single parenthood. Why do you think Raion has kept the identity of her daughter Vicenza's father a secret all of Vicenza's life?
Do you think the ease with which Vicenza found her dads seems realistic? Do you think someone looking for a father in real life would have such an easy time?
How do you think the movie wants you to feel about Vicenza? Is she admirable? Is she impulsive? Is she courageous? Why?
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