Review – B. Skow for Girlfriends Films’ Daddy’s Girls (2013)

Everything about B. Skow and Girlfriends Films’ Daddy’s Girls (2013) is disturbing, unnecessary, and uncomfortable. Well, at least it was to me.

Let’s consider the synopsis, bit by bit:

Bob (Alec Knight) and Dale (Evan Stone) are best friends. They’re both married. Bob to Gina (Odile) and Dale to Iris (Darla Crane). They both have teenage daughters.

Daddy’s Girls (I feel like the title is written incorrectly – perhaps Daddies’ Girls?) is classic Skow-Girlfriends collaborative pulp, as well as classically David Stanley creepy. That creepiness comes to you via layers and layers of taboo material.

Seriously – there literally is so much weird stuff going on in this film that one strange thing ends up distracting you from the next (or the former).

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(pictured: buy your copy of Daddy’s Girls and/or watch it now here)

Let’s continue:

Dale’s teenage daughter, Samantha, is blind and just back in town from a three month stint at a mental hospital, having tried to commit suicide after Bob took her virginity and unceremoniously dumped her.

Ummm… what?!!

Though this tale is told in retrospect, the memory-rendition is still almost too much. Apparently, Bob assaulted his BFF’s daughter in her sleep. He was subsequently dismissive and cruel, pushing her over the edge.

Ugh.

And then, when you see Bob creeping in Samantha’s bedroom, panties in his face, without her consent… well, it’s almost too much!!

But then the sex part starts, and the tenor changes. Several reviewers have described the subsequent sex scene between Samantha and Bob as rapey. And though the scene was undeniably strange, I honestly didn’t get that vibe. To me, Bob seemed like a pathetic weirdo still obsessed with a woman who was no longer intimidated. Regardless of him having already done the unforgivable, Samantha is a survivor (rather than a victim).

This may be due to the three months she’d spent in recovery.

Maddy O’Reilly was both compelling as Samantha and decently convincing as a sight-impaired woman. And Alec Knight played the almost schizophrenically torn Bob to gross perfection… because even though he is horrific relative to Samantha, he still has a series of distressing circumstances to deal with re his own daughter.

Oh yes – then we have Quincey…

Meanwhile, Bob’s daughter, Quincy has problems of her own, hosting a webcam sex site where she performs nasty acts for older men so that she can vent her sexual frustration over the fact that her own father, Bob refuses to fuck her, much to her horny chagrin.

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(pictured: Quincy with her dad)

For whatever weird ass reason, Quincy is all about banging her (disinterested) dad. Consequently, every intonation and implication of “Daddy” is (over) employed and (over) played throughout this film.

Riley Reid is disturbing – dis.tur.bing – as Quincy, and her and her father’s core fucked-up-ness are really what propel the entire plot…

…because she also assaults Samantha!! And she does some pretty loud and graphic web-camming while her parents are home. And she bangs Dale as revenge (to make her dad jealous?). And she simpers to a level of uncomfortable that I’ve never before encountered.

And I don’t think I ever want to encounter it again.

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(pictured: Quincy with her mom)

Honestly, I don’t know about Daddy’s Girls. I was interested to watch it because of everything I had heard. And it was well done, production wise… But it just wasn’t… necessary.

 

B. Skow has done much better stuff with Girlfriends Films – try Paint (2013) or Truth Be Told (2013, amazing!!) instead.

 

Daddy’s Girls

With performances from Riley Reid, Maddy O’Reilly, Capri Cavalli (as Capri Cavanni), Odile, Darian Caine, Evan Stone, and Alec Knight.

Written by David Stanley and directed by B. Skow. Released in September, 2013.

Buy your copy of Daddy’s Girls and/or watch it now here

DVD Extras: two bonus sex scenes from other B. Skow for Girlfriends Films releases AND approximately 30 minutes of interesting BTS footage. B. Skow discusses his filmmaking processing leading up to Daddy’s Girls and multiple members of the cast weigh in on the implications of creating a fantasy rendition of a series of extremely taboo topics.

 

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