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My Baby's Daddy

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet young fatherhood comedy; sex, language, stereotypes.

Movie PG-13 2004 86 minutes
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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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