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.
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.