Daddy’s Little Girls
(D: Tyler Perry, 95 min)
Tyler Perry specializes in down-and-dirty - i.e., made on a showstring - films geared to a black American audience and guaranteed to make oodles of cash. Perry surprised everyone by raking in close to $25 million for Madea's Family Reunion, his first of these variations on blaxploitation.
This time around Gabrielle Union plays a successful attorney who falls for a struggling mechanic played by Idris Elba in what amounts to a reverse Cinderella tale. Let's see if Perry can have the same success in Canada as he's had in America.
(D: Brian Robbins, 100 min)
Uh-oh! Eddie Murphy's donning the fat suit again, and this, trust us, will not help in his quest to hug Oscar at the end of the month. Here Murphy plays a suddenly lovestruck guy who's got to figure out a way to dump the frump who's his fiancée (that would be Murphy in the fat suit).
At least the lovely Thandie Newton's on hand as the love interest, but that won't impress the Academy.
Both open Friday (February 9). Screened after press time - see reviews February 9 at www.nowtoronto.com/film