I Love You, Daddy
Directed by Louis C.K.. With Louis C.K., Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day. When a successful television writer’s daughter becomes the interest of an aging filmmaker with an appalling past, he becomes worried about how to handle the situation.
I don’t think this film was ever actually released, it was due to be out when Louis C.K. admitted to asking women to watch him masturbate in front of them. There’s a lot to unpack in the film and I think it was smart of him to not release it, but I’m happy to have seen it myself.
The main story feel familiar to me, at the end of the movie I realize it’s because I’ve seen this same story, just told in a much different manner in Kevin Smith’s ‘Chasing Amy’, in which a sheltered and inexperienced boyfriend is intimidated by his girlfriend’s sexual history, and figures that the only way through his problems is to experience the same thing she did, with her. This would have been fine, but he didn’t discuss any of his insecurities with her, he just went full in on the idea and it didn’t land the way he wanted, ending the relationship. The epilogues of both ‘I Love You, Daddy’ and ‘Chasing Amy’ echo each other so strongly as well, with growth of the male character being evident, but with the fractures still showing.
It’s a heavy film that touches on some heavily politicized moral topics that at this time Louis C.K. isn’t the best guy to be talking about right now, but I’m happy that I was able to see it.