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Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls

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No Madea in mature Tyler Perry melodrama.
  • Review Date: June 10, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's plenty of gritty material in this drama, and characters certainly behave in very questionable ways, but there are also take-aways about the importance of family.

Positive role models

A drug dealer and his girlfriend seek and briefly take custody of her daughters -- despite their obvious inability to care for them -- and eventually abuse them (bruises on one girl's back are shown); a vengeful father crashes his car into his ex-wife's -- technicalities (and lack of witnesses) allow him to escape justice until the film's end; complaints about the ineffectiveness of politicians and police in underclass neighborhood; haughty upper-class women disparage a mechanic's status and "intentions" regarding their friend.

Violence

Child abuse is suggested (visible bruises, etc.); fights involve shoving, punching, and kicking; Jenny clobbers a dealer who owes Joe money, then watches and laughs as Joe's crew kicks the guy (when her children cry, she laughs at them, too); Willie appears with a cut face and a bandage on the arm, attributing it to a knife attack; the climax is initiated by a violent car crash, then a fight in the street (bloody, aggressive punching and kicking, followed by attacks with a pan and a pole). Reference to a rape.

Sex

Flirting between romantic leads; sexual activity implied by kissing; sexual activity initiated by drinking; some tight and/or cleavage-revealing outfits; some slangy allusions (wannabe rapper admires a woman's "sexy-ass lips" and wants her legs around his waist and face); some derogatory sexualized language ("tramp," "slut," "whoring around"); Cynthia appears in bed with her boyfriend, both in their underwear and under the covers.

Language

Mostly mild language, including "hell," "ass," and "damn," as well as derogatory remarks concerning Monty's work as a limo driver ("little massa's boy," "slave," "Steppin' Fetchit").

Consumerism

Reference to TV show Punk'd; shot of a Pepperidge Farm treats bag.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Jenny smokes cigarettes (even after her mother, also a smoker, dies of lung cancer); repeated references to Joe's drug dealing; reference to "crackhead" and brief, opening-credits-sequence shot of man who appears to be a junkie; Sierra brings a joint to school, having been instructed to sell it (Joe and her mother believe she needs a "hustle"); characters drink wine, beer, and liquor; after a night in a bar downing shots, Julia drunkenly pursues sex with Monty, who goes along until she bolts off screen to vomit in the bathroom (repeatedly).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes scenes that show and imply child abuse. One character reportedly hits her youngest daughter (bruises are visible on the girl's back), a drug dealer sends a 12-year-old to school with a joint to sell, and an irresponsible mother yells at her three daughters, offers her 12-year-old a drink, and insists they all watch a brutal beating in order to make them "tough." The mother smokes cigarettes and wears revealing clothing. The kind grandmother dies of lung cancer. There's yelling and some pushing and hitting between a father and a bad boyfriend; the showdown begins with violent car crash and ends with ferocious beatings in the street. Reference to a rape. A drunken sexual initiation leads to off-screen vomiting instead of sex. Brief kissing leads to off-screen sex. Language is mild, but the derisive terms "Steppin' Fetchit" and "slave" are used.

What's the story?

Monty (Idris Elba) is a good-hearted mechanic who works to support his three daughters: 5-year-old China (China Anne McClain), 7-year-old Lauryn (Lauryn Alisa McClain), and 12-year-old Sierra (Sierra Aylina McClain). They're living with his ex-mother-in-law (Juanita Jennings), until, at the film's start, she dies of lung cancer. Monty briefly brings the girls home to his one-bedroom apartment, but then their long-absent, excessively trashy mother Jenny (Tasha Smith) arrives, demanding custody -- not because she actually wants them, but because she wants to make Monty miserable. She and her live-in boyfriend -- drug dealer/local menace Joe (Gary Sturgis) -- gain custody of the girls and proceed to use them for various evil ends. Jenny provides Monty with an estimable obstacle while he tries to nurture his relationship with his new girlfriend, high-powered lawyer Julia (Gabrielle Union).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

None of Tyler Perry's movies are subtle, but in DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, he makes the mistake of omitting his broadest invention: the wildly popular drag character Madea. Instead, this film digs into Perry's most melodramatic and stereotypical inclinations to date, exploring class conflicts, single parenting, and the horrible ways that drugs, violence, and gang-bangers affect regular folks in an Atlanta neighborhood.

A disappointingly outsized villain, Jenny fills up the space left by Madea -- only she's not as strong, entertaining, or even convincing as Perry's alter ego.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dynamic between the girls and their respective parents. How do you feel about the child abuse shown in the movie?

  • Which characters are sympathetic or unsympathetic, and why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 14, 2007
DVD release date:June 12, 2007
Cast:Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Louis Gossett Jr.
Director:Tyler Perry
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:thematic material, drug and sexual content, some violence and language

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the perfect family move

i love that movie and is a great movie to watch with the family
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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A Must See!!!!

This movie gives viewers a brief glimpse into a life many of us could not imagine, or don't want to remember, but it's very realistic. Great acting, great plot, kept me and my family entertained throughout!!
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