Streaming: the best single dads on screen
In Fatherhood, Kevin Hart’s out-of-his-depth widower joins cinema’s pantheon of burdened lone fathers, from Chaplin to brooding Laurence FishburneIt’s Father’s Day, and if you’re looking for a suitable new film to mark the occasion, Netflix has cannily released Paul Weitz’s Fatherhood just in time – ending a long period of pandemic limbo for a film that was supposed to be out in April 2020.
One way or another, it has found its moment: sweetly agreeable if no classic, you’d never guess it wasn’t entirely custom-made for this one day of the year.It’s a showcase for the softer side of Kevin Hart, the brash, unfiltered comedian who got into hot water some years ago over homophobic tweets and comedy routines detailing his fear of his son growing up to be gay.
Perhaps Fatherhood is to some extent an image reform exercise.
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