Clichés, Conflicting Values Spoil “Daddy’s Little Girls”
- Friday, February 16, 2007
SPOILER ALERT: Even worse is the conflicting set of values. While we get the clear impression from the beginning that violence isn’t the way to handle problems or that violent behavior toward children shouldn’t be tolerated, we’re supposed to root for Monty when he takes the law in his own hands and tries to take out the villains by slamming his car into theirs head-on, pulling them out of the car and savagely beating them as the neighborhood cheers alongside him? Was that what the pastor was talking about during the church service shown earlier when he kept preaching about good things coming for those (i.e. Monty) who’ve gone through bad times? I think not.
While “Daddy’s Little Girls” could’ve been an intriguing and uplifting story, any potential was lost in hackneyed writing and heavy-handed, but inconsistent moralizing. And ultimately, despite Perry’s good intentions, the audience deserves far more.
AUDIENCE: Older teens and up
- Drugs/Alcohol: Set in a rough neighborhood, drugs are sold by Joseph and his crew, along with the girls’ mom Jennifer. At one point, Joseph asks 12-year old Sierra if she’ll sell drugs at school. Later on, Jennifer asks Sierra if she’d like an alcoholic drink. Social drinking is also shown throughout, and Julia gets drunk on her birthday when Monty takes her out. She’s later heard throwing up extensively as a result.
- Language/Profanity: A few minor profanities throughout.
- Sex/Nudity: An alleged rape is discussed but never shown. Julia and Monty contemplate sleeping together, but end up only kissing instead.
- Violence: After a client can’t pay for his stash, Joseph’s crew beats him up as the girls’ Mom watches and laughs. The youngest girl, China, has countless bruises after Joseph hits her for crying too much. A head-on collision is shown, along with fighting after the fact.
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