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(2004), PG-13 -- The MPAA rating system is woefully inadequate ...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Immortal Entertainment, Miramax Films
Distribution (US): Miramax Films
Director(s): Cheryl Dunye
Producer(s): Damon 'Coke' Daniels, Eddie Griffin, Karen Koch, Scott Nemes, Peter Safran, Happy Walters, Matt Weaver
Written by: Eddie Griffin, Damon 'Coke' Daniels, Brent Goldberg, David Wagner
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Richard Gibbs
Film Editing: Andy Blumenthal
Casting: Barbara Fiorentino, Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Andrea Stanley
Art Direction: Craig Lathrop
Viewed at: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway, 301 W. Rendon - Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas 76028
Three unmarried Philadelphia men become fathers through immoral sex [1Cor. 7:2]. Having lived foot loose and fancy free for all their adult lives, they are now faced with child-rearing. That is about all that needs to be said about this forgettable and raw R-13
The MPAA (reportedly) rated this film PG-13 due to "sexual content, language and some drug references." Mom/dad, how much does that tell you? Do you now know anything about My Baby's Daddy by that rating? This movie could have the word "Oxycotin" in it and it would have a drug reference, but does "drug reference" tell you there is smoking of dope in this movie? Does "sexual content" tell you that there are at least three instances of immoral intercourse resulting in three childbirths out of wedlock, several demonstrations of lesbian behaviors and babies speaking pornographically in this movie? Does "language" tell you there are 97 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 4:24] (five by young boys) [Luke 17:2], two uses of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8], one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and five without [Deut. 5:11]? The MPAA rating system is woefully inadequate and is antiquated out of usefulness to you because of the immoral extremes of modern entertainment and the quiet and insidious slow acceptance of them. Take a quick look at the CAP Thermometers and the listing in the Findings/Scoring section and tell me I am wrong.
Three guys, friends from childhood, never completely go their own ways and remain connected in some form or another throughout their as yet short adult lives. Lonnie (Eddie Griffin) is the "safe" one, avoiding unmanageable chances whenever possible. G (Anthony Anderson) will take a chance at almost anything if someone else takes it with him. Dominic (Michael Imperioli) is between Lonnie and G, a little more reserved than G but with more bravado than Lonnie. Now we move to adulthood and travel with them through their sexual immorality. [Gal. 5:19]
Meek and mild basketball coach Lonnie, who is sexually involved with Rolanda (Paula Jai Parker), is maneuvered in his every step by Rolanda who is a dominatrix. Self-serving and vain, Rolanda ends up pregnant with Lonnie's child. Eventually Lonnie is confronted with enough from Rolanda that his eyes wander to Brandy (Marsha Thompson), a fellow student in a childbirth caregiver class. Brandy is bright, intelligent and humble. Just about as opposite to Rolanda an opposite can be. Antics suggested by G and Dominic almost cause failure of any chance of a meaningful relationship between Lonnie and Brandy.
Dominic, thinking he has found his heart in Nia (Joanna Bacalso), learns that Nia's heart belongs to Venus (Naomi Gaskin) with all that such a girl-girl relationship implies, including a liplock between them [Rom. 1:26].
G has one focus - to be a boxer. Juggling a daytime job at a Chinese deli with his aspirations of being a boxer, G gets sexually involved with Xi Xi (Ling Bai), daughter of the owners of the deli. Enters ex-con No Good (Method Man) who leads G into an episode of armed robbery just because G's baby needs some baby things.
The three guys share the home of Uncle Virgil (John Amos) who, second only to Brandy, is the only level-headed character of the lot. Uncle Virgil explains some reality to the boys.
And it is all in good humor. At least that is what the filmmakers apparently want us to think.
There is little point in augmenting the listing in the Findings/Scoring section with a relatively detailed narrative in this Summary/Commentary. My Baby's Daddy is a vulgar escapade into the sexual immoral lifestyle to which modern life has degraded [Ps. 12:8; Jude 4].
We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. The only good thing in this film was there were no noted mentions of abortion.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|