Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried play the father and daughter of the title in this rather disappointing tear jerker.

The story begins in 1989 when Crowe, a celebrated author, is driving a car that is involved in an accident that leaves his wife dead and him with severe seizures.

Unable to mentally deal with the death of his wife he admits himself to a mental hospital for several months leaving his loving daughter Katie (played by a young Kylie Rodgers) in the care of his dead wife's sister and her husband. When he finally leaves the hospital he finds that Katie's temporary guardians now what full custody and they threaten him with legal action if he refuses to hand over his daughter to them.

Meanwhile 25 years later a grown up and troubled Katie (Amanda Seyfried) is struggling to build a meaningful relationship with a wannabe young writer (Aaron Paul).

Once we are introduced to Crowe and Seyfried's characters the film then begins to unravel as the film basically breaks down into two separate concurrently running story lines. The first thread involves Crowe's fight to keep custody of his young daughter the second sees a grown up Katie fighting her own demons.

Unfortunately the two storylines never gel and the longer it goes on the more confusing it becomes. We never get to know, until the end, why Katie has become such a troubled young lady as in her younger life she has a loving doting father who would do anything for his young daughter.

Crowe and Seyfried, who never appear on the screen together, are as always good, but unfortunately great actors that they are, they can't save this story from being a confusing disappointment.



 

Fathers and Daughters (15)

1h 56m

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger


UK Release: Friday 13th November 2015