Directed by Paul Weist
Starring Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodward, Lil Rel Howery, Anthony Carrigan
Released perfectly for Father’s day weekend, I wanted to see the film because it looked funny but like it would have moving moments as well. Based on a memoir by Matthew Logelin titled Two kisses for Maddie.
The story is about Matt. He just became a father and his wife died after childbirth. Without anyone believing in him he steps up and raises Maddie. We see him develops as a single father.
The movie has a beautiful story. As a father, I always love to see films where the father is shown to be responsable and taking good care of the child. I think of films like Kramer vs Kramer, the wonderful Ms. Doubtfire, Bye Bye love among other great films. The movie has a great balance between the jokes and the moving or sad moments in the story. I liked that they kept it real, did not impose big drama situations, they kept it about the characters and how each responded to both the grief and the love for Maddie.
Kevin Hart surprised me with his performance. I thought he was convincing as this man who wanted to do his best but felt lost at times. He was funny when needed but handled all the other emotions well. The film has a good cast like Paul Raiser as Matt’s boss.
As a father, I loved the story because it was honest and showed that while not perfect there are fathers out there who care and do anything for their kids.