A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Learning to take on responsibilities -- in this case, parenthood. What it means to be a good parent. Helping others. Characters promote communication and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Lifelong friends Lonnie, Dom, and G, each learn to take responsibility for themselves and others when they become fathers. Lonnie is a sensitive man who is taken advantage of by his partner. When he becomes a father, he cares for his child, stands up for himself, and helps his friends adjust to fatherhood too. He takes bad advice on dating but rights his disrespectful behavior. Dom sees himself as a free spirit and initially ignores his child. He eventually recognizes that his child's mother and her partner are good parents to his daughter, but he also wants to be part of his child's life. G wants to be a boxer but adjusts his goals when he recognizes he has new priorities. He stands up to a friend who doesn't want him to change. Yolanda is Lonnie's partner and doesn't bring up their child in a safe and nurturing environment. A character fresh out of prison holds up a store to get baby supplies for his friend.
The cast comprises people of many backgrounds, with the main cast predominantly Black or of Asian heritage. Some jokes made at expense of an Asian character's accent and harmful Asian stereotypes are repeated. A same sex couple bring up a child in a stable, loving environment. The most caring and responsible member of the group plays into a certain stereotype of someone who is a stickler for the rules.
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Violence & Scariness
Businessperson points a gun at a client. Character commits armed robbery, stealing baby goods -- the scene is played for laughs as staff advise the person committing the robbery. Woman punches out a man. Kid kicks an adult in the crotch. Someone is knocked out in a boxing ring.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss throughout, flirting, and innuendo. A woman grabs a man's crotch out of frame. In one scene, the camera focuses on a character's behind. Couple in bed together. Oral sex under a duvet. Semi-nude posters on a wall. A cartoon dog humps someone's leg.
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Infrequent language includes the "N" word, "d--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "t-tty," and "pissed." Jokes are made at the expense of the Asian community, such as use of the line "me so horny." Some potty humor involving farts, kids peeing on their parents while being changed.
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Products & Purchases
Many brand logos visible throughout, but no brands actively pushed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters smoke joints. A pregnant person smokes a cigarette in the labor room and delivers alcohol to someone giving birth. Characters drink alcohol in a club. Character smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Baby's Daddy is a comedy about new fatherhood, with scenes of a sexual nature, racial slurs, and some harmful stereotyping. Lonnie (Eddie Griffin), Dom (Michael Imperioli), and G (Anthony Anderson) are three young friends who learn they are going to become fathers. Each reacts differently, with one ready and willing, one hands-off, and another keen but clueless. Together they learn to become good fathers, respect themselves, and others. There are strong messages of taking responsibility, good communication, and compassion. The movie has some mildly raunchy moments, with oral sex under a duvet, kissing, innuendo, and objectifying language. The cast are mostly Black or of Asian heritage. But some jokes are made at the expense of Asian characters, repeating harmful phrases. Otherwise representation is good, with a same sex couple providing a safe and nurturing environment for a child. There is some use of pot and alcohol consumption. An armed robbery is played for laughs, as the staff help the man decide what baby goods to take. Infrequent language includes the "N" word" and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sweet and good natured, this charming and sometimes risky comedy is full of flawed but likable characters. My Baby's Daddy co-writer Eddie Griffin gave himself the best part as Lonnie, a nerdy but huge-hearted guy who helps his friends settle into fatherhood. But Lonnie's the best of a good bunch, as the well-observed and excellently played characters all add something enjoyable to the story. Director Cheryl Dunye -- best known for her 1996 landmark Black queer indie movie The Watermelon Woman -- brings a depth and humanity that may have been lost in the hands of another director. While the positive messages get across loud and clear, the depth of the characters flaws are never shied away from.
Unfortunately, the film loses points for its treatment of some of the Asian characters. "Jokes" at how some words are pronounced and lazy, tired, racist remarks (anyone need to hear "me so horny" again?) drag the movie down in parts. This unnecessary aspect aside, My Baby's Daddy's heart is in the right place and it covers so many characters, there's something for everyone to learn. In addition to the vast array of characters comes an array of film styles, including a cartoon intro and an out-of-nowhere scene where a character hallucinates two babies talking to him. Hit or miss depending on taste, these just add flavour to an already brimming experience.
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