Fathers and Daughters movie review () | Roger EbertA ham-fisted treatment of mental illness, alcoholism and death will be catnip for connoisseurs of bad movies. How it has come to light, and been treated to a production every bit as ham-fisted as the writing deserves, are mysteries beyond ordinary human ken. As a widowed father, mental health casualty and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist called Jake Davis, he barely convinces you his name is Jake Davis. His bookshop recital from this magnum opus is pure catnip for bad film connoisseurs. Though the critics are far from kind, autograph hounds besiege Jake, and he has a fit, the worst of several chronic panic attacks. Fonda, in one of the more tin-eared moments of exposition, has to remind Jake which book it was that he won a Pulitzer for back in the day. Director Gabriele Muccino, who plucked this script from its uncertain fate, is mainly known for coaxing an Oscar-nominated performance out of Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness , then immediately humiliating him with the abysmal Seven Pounds
Fathers and Daughters
MOVIE REVIEW: Fathers and Daughters
For once, he lets love do the talking instead of his fists. At the advice of his doctors and his long-time agent Teddy Jane Fonda , Jake commits himself to a mental institution for seven months of treatment, leaving Katie with his sister-in-law Elizabeth Diane Kruger and her husband William Bruce Greenwood. When Jake returns, the wealthy couple fights to adopt Katie away from the unstable and struggling widower. Concurrently, over 25 years later, Katie Amanda Seyfried has grown up to become a graduate student in Psychology employed as a social worker for Dr. Korman Octavia Spencer. Away from work, the Katie of the present day carries self-destructive tendencies to drink heavily and bed just about any guy that hits on her. Her downward spiral changes when the therapy sessions with Lucy end up working both ways and she meets Cameron Aaron Paul instead of another low-life.
The film also stars Diane Kruger, Bruce Greenwood, Jane Fonda and Octavia Spencer. Fathers & Daughters (Fathers and Daughters) (+ UV Copy).
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