I Love You, Daddy, a movie about a father (Louis C.K.) trying to protect his teenage daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) when she starts dating a much older filmmaker, is never not uncomfortable to contemplate.
Considering what Hollywood is currently embroiled in — a massive sexual abuse scandal involving heavyweight producer Harvey Weinstein — and that discomfort is amplified even further.
Another little detail: the older filmmaker is rumoured to be a pedophile and rapist. (That role is being played by John Malkovich.)
Director Louis C.K., a noted comedian, has brushed off any accusations that this is a movie about Hollywood director Woody Allen, but nearly every critic dissecting the trailer says it ranges from an Allen spoof to an Allen homage. Its black-and-white presentation adds to that speculation. Even the suggestive title I Love You, Daddy is suspect; Allen ended up marrying his much-younger once-stepdaughter.
Perhaps most troubling of all are the floating sexual allegations against Louis C.K. himself. The rumours, which he has declined to discuss, involve the comedian masturbating in front of non-consenting women, including comedian Jen Kirkman.
Backlash on social media was swift and ruthless in the current volatile environment.
I just watched the #iloveyoudaddy trailer.
I now have to rinse my eyes with bleach and burn sage over my tv.
— This Is Rochelle (@RR416) October 19, 2017
— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) October 19, 2017
How did Louis CK think this was the time to put out a movie as an homage of Woody Allen? #ILoveYouDaddy
— Chelsea Mottern (@chelseamottern) October 20, 2017
— James A. Janisse (@JamesAJanisse) October 19, 2017
If I’ve got no time for A woody allen movie I certainly don’t have time for your I wanna be woody allen movie #ILoveYouDaddy
— Nicholous B. O'Toole (@Klausinthahouse) October 19, 2017
Gross. Louis ck made a movie only Woody Allen could love #iloveyoudaddy
— J.Bone (@gobukan) October 19, 2017
The final scene in the trailer appears to encapsulate the film in one disturbing quote:
“I mean, everyone’s a pervert,” says a woman to Louis C.K. “I’m a pervert. We’re all perverts. Who cares?”
(You can watch the trailer in the video, top.)
‘I Love You Daddy’ opens in theatres on Nov. 17.