Starring: Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Melody Hurd, Anthony Carrigan, Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, DeWanda Wise
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix drama directed and co-written by Paul Weitz. Based on a true story, Fatherhood (2021) follows Matthew Logelin (Kevin Hart) as he struggles with learning to be a single parent after the unexpected death of his wife.
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Liz Logelin: [as she’s about to give birth] Are you really ready for this?
Matt Logelin: Yes! No. Who’s really ready? Like what does that mean, when you say, “Are you really ready for this?” This evening? Can we do it tomorrow? Because I got a fantasy football draft. Me and some guys from work. We put a nice little pool together, and we… I’m kidding. Why are you taking me serious?
Marion: Why couldn’t you guys give us adequate warning?
Matt Logelin: Well, we just thought it’d be fun to surprise you. We said, “You know, we should have this baby tonight and mess with Marion.”
Oscar: Oh, hey, stay away from that tuna casserole. The one in the middle, tastes like a**.
Matt Logelin: My mom made that casserole, Oscar.
Oscar: It’s really good. It’s really, it’s got like a tang.
Liz Logelin: [as Matt gives her a necklace] You’re still going to have to do diapers.
Matt Logelin: As long as they promise to change my diapers when I get old, I’m happy.
Matt Logelin: [as Liz’s funeral] I would trade everything to spend one more day with you.
Marion: [referring to Matt] He’s not ready for a baby. He hasn’t even put the crib together.
Cousin Busybody: Well, you know, he’s always been extremely immature.
Cousin Busybody: Oh, hi, Matt. How are you, dear?
Matt Logelin: I’m extremely immature.
Matt Logelin: You know, Maddy, if you could have only one parent, I wish you could’ve had your mom. Because she would’ve been better at it.
Matt Logelin: What are you doing up?
Marion: I probably will never sleep again.
Matt Logelin: What is that on that baby’s bottom?
Marion: It’s a diaper.
Matt Logelin: It looks like a balloon animal.
Matt Logelin: Mom, you always talk to me about God’s plan. I would love to know what the odds are of me meeting somebody from my hometown halfway across the country.
Marion: God? I had a plan. Liz was to go away to grad school, and then come back, and work, and live. That was the plan before she met you.
Marion: [to Matt] You think you can do this, but you can’t. Raising a child, that’s a nonstop, all day, all night affair.
Matt Logelin: No, Marion, you’re right. I can’t. I can’t do it. But you know what? I’m going to do it. Yeah, I’m going to do it. I’m going to bring Maddy up. I’m going to bring Maddy up because I’m her father. And because I love her.
Marion: I have no doubt you love that baby. I have no doubt you loved my Liz. But you want to keep Maddy to yourself because you need a life raft.
Matt Logelin: I’m sorry I messed up your plan.
Anna: You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Marion: You catch even more with a flyswatter.
Mike: If there’s one piece of advice that I could give you about bringing up a kid. Let go. Look, as a parent, we do all this s**t, right? Trying to make everything perfect. But we don’t have any control. You just have to accept that fact.
Matt Logelin: See, what is it that a woman has that a man doesn’t?
Howard: Patience. Emotional vulnerability. Breasts.
Matt Logelin: Some men have breasts.
Howard: I’m going to let that go because you’re grieving.
Howard: And I’m telling you, it’s brutal. It’ll wipe you out. She have solid poops yet?
Matt Logelin: No. Nope. I’m dealing with the creamy s**t right now.
Howard: Enjoy the creamy s**t. It’s a big jump. When you get to solid poops, it’s not a picnic.
Howard: [referring to baby poop] Save that. Put it in the with your roses and your flowers, because it’s packed with nutrients, that stuff.
Matt Logelin: It’s a great tip.
Oscar: It’s kind of cruel to send flowers to someone who’s grieving. Because, you know, flowers die, and then you got to throw them out. It’s just such a bummer.
Oscar: You know, I’ve never seen like a person pass, or anything. But, you know, I’ve seen a squirrel pass. It just makes you wonder about the circle of life. But it’s not really a circle. It’s like a line. I mean, because there’s a beginning, and there’s an end.
Jordan: What am I doing?
Matt Logelin: You’re flirting with my mother.
Jordan: I’m not flirting with your mama.
Matt Logelin: I’m looking at you flirt with my mama.
Jordan: I’m flirting with both your mamas.
Jordan: Team Single Father! I’m here to help you at the end of the day.
Marion: I will go home when Anna goes. But if you are not handling everything all very well, you move your butt back to Minnesota.
Matt Logelin: Why would I agree to that?
Marion: Because it’s not about you.
Jordan: You acting like a dumb mother-fudger right now.
Matt Logelin: Don’t cuss at me in front of my child.
Jordan: I didn’t. I called you a mother-fudger.
Matt Logelin: Why are you saying “fudge”?
Jordan: Because there’s a baby right there. I don’t want to curse in front of the baby.
Matt Logelin: So why not just choose another word?
Jordan: I did. “Fudge”. Man. You know, your daddy is a witch. Yeah, I said it. He’s a dumba** witch. Goofy mother-fudger.
Matt Logelin: I can’t do none of it. I can’t do it. Not without Liz.
Anna: You just have to do what’s best for her. That’s all you have to do the rest of your life. And I believe you can do that.
Anna: I’m going to be praying for you ten times a day.
Matt Logelin: Listen, if it’s nine, don’t kill yourself, okay?
Jordan: Daddy in a sling. Look at that.
Matt Logelin: How do I look?
Jordan: You look great. Like a king.
Matt Logelin: Don’t say it just to be saying it.
Jordan: You look like a king.