The Stream: A bit predictable and drawn out
The Big Screen: Big time cast that gives you all the feels
The Final Bill: Well-executed and balanced between comedy and drama– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Paul Weitz
Writers: Dana Stevens (screenplay by), Paul Weitz (screenplay by) | 2 more credits
Stars: Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, Melody Hurd | See full cast & crew
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
Production Companies: BRON Studios, Free Association, Higher Ground Productions See more
Platform: Netflix (released June 18, 2021)
Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there – new, experienced, young, old, living and deceased, natural and assumed. Life is a blessing and a sacrifice. Thank you for what you do. It’s never to late to give the dads a shout out.
Well, Streamers, it was a busy weekend for the movies. This weekend we also got to stream a surprise movie offering, Fatherhood. We hadn’t heard much of anything about this flick before the weekend which is surprising considering the amount of promo Kevin Hart typically does for himself and his films. Nevertheless, the movie is about exactly what you would expect, fatherhood. But, moreover, it takes an inside look on a father thrust into raising his baby girl as a single dad. He has no clue what to do, but he’s determine to keep his promise to his wife. Let’s see what Kevin Hart gave us.
Now, we all know Kevin is a world class comedian, whether you like him or not. He’s given us classic comedies like Ride Along, Central Intelligence and actually a whole list of non-stop work. Someone tell this man to go sat down somewhere, but I digress. The man that never stops working, quiet as it’s kept, also never stops putting out quality material. Fatherhood shows Kevin’s range as an actor and as a comedian. There were times here where he was being serious and though the moment calls for you to laugh he’s able to portray the pain of his character. This occurs a few times in scenes between him and Lil’ Rel as well as others among the cast. It really made parts of the movie hit home for the viewer. Speaking of the others, your girl, Alfre Woodard and her teeth, are at it again. While she is clearly meant to be a supporting actress in this flick, she shines in her own right. In fact, Woodard outshines the other mother figure in the movie. They should’ve balanced out that star power. Speaking of star power, I can’t wait for Little Miss Melody Hurd and her future acting career. Talk about stealing the movie and your heart. That she does. If you can’t tell, the cast is very strong in this movie. The plot on the other hand is just meh. I mean the description of the movie tells you everything. Anything you think would happen in a comedy/drama about a single father clearly is going to happen in this movie. I kept wanting something a bit more interesting to occur, but what can you expect when the movie is based on a true story. Here, the execution by the cast and the direction make all the difference in elevating the storyline. I mean I don’t know if it was just hitting me hard because I could imagine myself in this and being lost as well but this movie just hits hard.
Fatherhood is a well-balanced comedy and drama with a compelling yet predictable story. Kevin Hart leads a strong cast through the ups and downs of this Netflix streamer. If you’re in the mood to possibly cry and also chuckle it up, grab yourself a big box of fresh popcorn and check out this movie.