Based on a true story, the movie depicts the life of Matthew Logelin (played by Hart), right after he loses his beloved wife. While still grieving, Matthew raises his newborn daughter, Maddy, as a single parent.
Matthew believes in the importance of fatherhood with all his being, and he lives by it. His dedication to his daughter enables him to slowly resume living.
Even before his daughter can talk, Matthew is constantly explaining things to Maddy as if she’s an adult. Rather than waste time scrolling through his phone, he looks his daughter in the eye and confides in her. When he tucks her in at night, he always gives her two kisses—one for him, and one “for Mommy.”
Of course, fatherhood isn’t easy. Matthew and his funny friends struggle to play basketball while Maddy cries on the sidelines. The men bicker over how to fasten her carseat. And years later, they all play Sunday poker with Maddy for cookies; at that point, the struggle is no longer a crying baby, but the fact that Maddy is so sly that she often beats the men (who adore her).
The success of Matthew’s parenting isn’t defined by the comedic moments when he messes up, but by the countless times he keeps going.
Children raised in fatherless homes are nearly four times more likely to be impoverished. Sixty-three percent of youth suicides occur in fatherless households, and approximately 71 percent of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. Moreover, children who have grown up without a strong male role model are at a significantly higher risk of resorting to alcohol and drug abuse.
Matthew doesn’t need these statistics to know the role he plays in his daughter’s life is crucial. He recognizes that Maddy relies on his protection and moral guidance, as well as his friendship.
However, while “Fatherhood” is (quite obviously) about fatherhood, it is also about motherhood. Matthew deeply mourns that Maddy grows up in a household without her mother, and
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