‘Fatherhood’ gives Kevin Hart a chance to show off his serious side
“Fatherhood” arrives just in time for Father’s Day, in a heart-tugging package that presents star/producer Kevin Hart an opportunity to show off his dramatic acting chops. Not that there aren’t laughs in this sweetly spirited, conflict-light, fact-based Netflix movie, which comes with the added stamp of being presented by the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions.
Based on the book by Matthew Logelin (played by Hart), the movie begins at the funeral for his wife Liz (“Them’s” Deborah Ayorinde), who died of a pulmonary embolism shortly after giving birth to their daughter.
Devastated, Matt resists the pleas from Liz’s mother (Alfre Woodard, terrific as always) to let her take the baby back to Minnesota, insisting on raising her alone while trying to manage a demanding full-time job with minimal assistance from his two idiot buddies, played by Lil Rel Howery…
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