PG13 95min 2007
“Tyler Perry’s Daddy Little Girls” is about Monty (Idris Elba), a mechanic struggling to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters. When the court awards custody of his daughters to his shady ex-wife, Monty desperately tries to win them back with the help of Julia (Gabrielle Union), a beautiful, Ivy League-educated attorney. Monty and Julia couldn’t be less alike, but a flame is ignited… touching off a firestorm of love and conflict. – from the back cover.
What this movie is really about is another masterpiece from Tyler Perry telling another inspiration, heartfelt film that is what fatherhood should be about. This is where Mr. Perry shines in that its not only inspirational for black men but for men in general. Monty has the qualities that as a male we should strive too. He loves his daughter and tries to do right by them, all the while striving to provide his family the American dream.
But “Daddy’s Little Girls” is not just about Monty’s family struggles it is also about Julia, a successful black woman in corporate America. It highlights the struggle that successful black woman claim to have in finding partners in love. I think it’s a part that Gabrielle Union really showcased her talent in. I believed her character arc. I believed that once she widens her view that she would found what she was looking.
What makes this film and all of his plays works is that the stories has relevant subplots. “Daddy’s Little Girl” focuses on the community being responsible for the community. Mr. Louis Gossett Jr. as the “elder statesmen” of the community Willie gives a moving speech about the responsibility of the community to take responsibility for the community. If the community is active the government will be active in its assistance.
“Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls” continues the tradition of great plays and films, by Tyler Perry, that focus on the black point of view but has a wide appeal. The first film not to feature Perry as his famous Madea, this is a more dramatic film as where the “Madeas” are more comedic. I hope to see more from the mind of Mr. Tyler Perry. Don’t forget to watch the “House of Payne” on TBS coming June 2007.
I give a 5/5 Gs.