Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Three Philadelphia friends all go through fatherhood at the same time. One of their girlfriends leaves him for her midwife.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 86 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: PG-13
Director: Cheryl Dunye
Writer: Eddie Griffin, Damon ‘Coke’ Daniels
Starring: Amy Sedaris, Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Michael Imperioli, Paula Jai Parker, Joanna Bacalso, Ling Bai, Naomi Gaskin

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My Babys DaddyLonnie (Eddie Griffin), G (Anthony Anderson) and Dom (Michael Imperioli, ‘The Sopranos,’ I Shot Andy Warhol) are all Philly guys who grew up together and now live together as adults. Their girlfriends also all get pregnant at the same time.

The film mainly focuses on clueless new daddy and ethnic jokes, but it also shows the men growing into fatherhood and dealing more maturely with life and relationships. Lonnie and G get married, while Dom has other issues to deal with. He would like to be a part of his daughter Jasmine’s life, but her mother Nia (Joanna Bacalso, Half Baked) tells him that he was just an office fling. Nia falls in love with Venus (Naomi Gaskin), her midwife, and the two women start a family. Eventually Dom understands that he won’t ever have Nia back, and his acceptance means that he is allowed to also be a father to his daughter.

I was afraid before I watched this film and really pleasantly surprised by the positive depiction of these two women. Here’s why – it was directed by out lesbian Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The Owls). Also features the hilarious Amy Sedaris (‘Strangers with Candy’) as the birthing class teacher. (AB)