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DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS

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With TYLER PERRY'S DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, his third feature and second outing as director, Tyler Perry delivers his most ambitious work to date. The film tackles the subject of fatherhood in black America via the story of Monty (Idris Elba), a garage mechanic fighting to regain custody of his three young daughters. A man of limited financial means but unshakeable integrity, Monty takes on his malicious ex-wife and her violent, drug dealer boyfriend in order to secure the best future for the children he loves. Infusing the film with his characteristic blend of high drama, antic comedy, deep spirituality and rousing songs, Perry creates a heartfelt homage to fathers -- and a welcome reminder that paternal commitment is alive and well in African-American communities. 

Since making his feature debut as a writer, producer and actor in 2005's DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, Perry has maintained a breakneck creative pace. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the follow-up to DIARY, MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION; toured and performed in over 300 stage shows across the country; wrote his first book, the #1 bestseller "Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love”; and created the syndicated television sitcom "House of Payne.” 

For his third feature, Perry challenged himself to do something different. While his first two films were based on his plays, DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS was written directly for the screen. It is also the first of his films not to feature his popular characters Madea and Uncle Joe, whom he also portrays. Perry notes that this approach allowed him to delve deeply into his writing. "I just wanted to write and take my time,” he comments. "As a filmmaker, I've tried to tell stories that people can relate to. With DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, I wanted to tell a story about a man who takes care of his children. It's about the triumph of one man's heart.”

In part, DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS is Perry's answer to media's largely negative portrayals of African-American men as fathers. He describes the character he created, Monty, as "just a regular guy who grew up and lives the 'hood. Not unlike many black men, Monty didn't know his father and he barely knew his mom. But with children and age, he decides to walk the straight and narrow so as to not fall into the stereotype but to be the best man that he can be.”

Perry's producing partner Reuben Cannon believes viewers will welcome Perry's fresh perspective. "Tyler Perry is so in touch with the hunger among audiences, especially black audiences, for stories other than the one's we've seen,” the producer comments. "The story of a father who is devoted to his children, supports his children and has a dream for his children is something we rarely see. We've seen some African-American father/son relationships with BOYZ N THE HOOD and to some degree in a movie I produced called GET ON THE BUS. But I can't recall seeing a film about a father with his daughters in a long time.” 

DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS is also about the search for love. It traces the romance that gradually develops between Monty and Julia (Gabrielle), a workaholic attorney whom he briefly chauffeurs and who subsequently represents him in his custody battle. Here, too, Perry drew inspiration from real life. "Julia is very loosely based on a friend of mine who is extremely successful but is having trouble finding a man,” the filmmaker explains. "I wrote about what I felt was universal for working women and men who are looking for love. Julia works very hard, is very successful, very proud and very strong. As fantastic as Julia's professional life might be, she also wants love. But she's having some issues finding a decent man because her standards are so high.” 

Working-class Monty is an unlikely romantic prospect for the Ivy League-educated Julia and their relati

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