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Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

… really isn't so bad. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Luke Sader

    Daddy's Little Girls may be heavy-handed and drearily predictable, but it also should connect with its core audience as solidly as Perry's previous efforts did, even if the drama is frequently just as over the top as its predecessors.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This latest market-savvy bit of circuit preaching is less cartoonish than Perry's previous big-tent revival meetings.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

No Madea in mature Tyler Perry melodrama.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

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    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.

What to watch for
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    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.

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    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 false2

    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").

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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).

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