Father Figure (Movie Thoughts: Daddy)

  1. MV5BMTkyNjc2Mzg4Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTU2MDYxNzE@._V1_UY268_CR10,0,182,268_AL_‘Daddy,’ directed by and starring Gerald McCullouch, was originally a successful stage play by Danny Via. Via also wrote the screenplay for this movie adaptation. McCullouch plays Colin, a television presenter who has it all, but whose world is rocked when he has an affair with his intern (‘Who’s your Daddy now?” is uttered more than once here, in varying contexts) But there is a sick twist in the relationship, and as I think about it, it gets creepier and creepier for me – and mind you, this is not a horror film. I am trying to be a little more generous here – you will either like or hate this movie, and while I inched towards the latter, I have a little bit of respect for the piece, specifically the source material.  I could see how this would work on stage, but it will probably hinge upon the performances, and I was not truly convinced here. I thought James Cepero as “Tee,” the intern was horrid, and I now just realized he plays a similarly creepy character in ‘Smash,’ and I hated him as much there so I hate to say it but he doesn’t seem to have acting instincts to make his characters believable. And if I have to be honest, I didn’t particularly like Colin’s character, too, though I am not particularly sure I was supposed to. So I blame this all on Daddy issues.

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