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Film / Daddy's Little Girls

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2007 movie written and directed by Tyler Perry. Monty James, a mechanic, (Idris Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney, Julia (Gabrielle Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters China, Lauryn and Sierra from his treacherous ex-wife Jennifer and her larcenous boyfriend. Along the way, the working relationship between the blue collar dad and his uptown attorney grows into something more.


This film provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Jennifer's boyfriend beats the kids and it is implied Jennifer either wants the oldest to sell drugs or become a prostitute. The oldest is 12.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Jennifer and Joseph.
  • Career Versus Man: Julia has this problem.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off
  • Double Standard: So Julia's friends have no problem with setting her up on a blind date with a 40-year-old unemployed wannabe rapper who shouts across the restaurant for "skrimps", but they frown on her dating a kind-hearted mechanic who wants to be a good father and own his own auto repair shop. Sure. That's fair.
  • Evil Matriarch: Jennifer. You know she's evil when her own kids are afraid of her.
  • Gangbangers: Jennifer's boyfriend runs a drug-trafficking ring.
  • He Knows Too Much: Discussed Trope, the main reason the neighborhood residents refuse to report Joseph, because they are afraid he will kill them if they do.
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  • Miscarriage of Justice: Monty was falsely accused of raping a white girl who he hooked up with at a party.
  • Noodle Incident: Why Monty went to jail is kind of hinted at in bits and pieces until the last 30 minutes of the movie.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: commercials for the film make it seem as if its going to be the typical "comedy" scenario of children pulling pranks on the person who's dating their divorced parent.
  • Oner: There's a long Steadicam tracking shot during the scene when Monty brings Julia home. The shot lasts for several minutes.
  • Papa Wolf: Monty, who beats the living hell out of Jennifer's boyfriend when he finds out about what he did to Monty's kids.
  • Parent with New Paramour
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Monty purposely hits Jennifer and her boyfriend Joseph's car and then opens the door and beats up a dizzy Joseph. At Joseph's trial, the entire neighborhood willingly testifies against him for the drug charges, but keeps their mouth shut when Monty is accused of assaulting him.
    • Granted, Joseph is also a monstrous drug dealer causing problems for the community of them, so if anything it is Laser-Guided Karma for Joseph. The neighborhood is just glad to see him gone and they were repaying Monty for finally doing something no one was able to do for years.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Monty finds out his kids are being beaten, he hops in his car, finds Jennifer's car, slams into them, gets out, drags Joseph out, and proceeds to deliver a complete and utter ass beating to him.
  • Where Da White Women At?: Discussed, this is the reason Monty was arrested for raping a white girl.


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