Based on Matthew Logelin’s 2011 memoir, Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love, here came a Netflix Original. A perfect watch for this father’s day weekend telling the story of a father learning what it is the responsibility of raising a child. Especially after losing his best-better half-wife while giving birth to their daughter. The Paul Weitz directorial is a heart wreck but also raises a few questions towards the end on how this beautiful father-daughter relationship comes to a conclusion. For example, what changed Matt all of a sudden, and how did he manage to convince Swan. That’s what we will find out by taking a look at Fatherhood’s Ending.
Although Fatherhood comes off as a simple story to be told. A predictable and fun watch. But still, the depth it carries is the reason to be explored. Fatherhood stars Kevin Hart and Melody Hurd as the father-daughter duo. Yes, Hart is transitioning from his comical ventures to a more dramatic one. Joining them are Alfre Woodard, Frankie R. Faison, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, and Paul Reiser. So with no further adieu, let’s start by taking a look at Fatherhood’s Plot Summary.
Fatherhood Plot Summary
Fatherhood follows the story of Matt Logelin, who recently lost his wife moments after she gave birth to their daughter. The movie sees Matt picking up the unexpected job of being a single father raising his little kid. Right from the very beginning since his wife’s funeral, everyone has dubbed that he cant raise the kid all on his own. As Matt breaks down his path, he fits into the role of Fatherhood step by step. Plus, his friends Jordan and Oscar join him as his backup. Still, the questions are always raised on his capability for holding out to Maddy’s future as a mother is seen to be the perfect role model for her.
Amidst all of this, Matt also becomes that overprotective father who doesn’t want anyone in their life. Thus pushing a friend named Swan away. Even his in-laws with whom Maddy starts enjoying. This even leads Maddy to raise questions on why they are the only ones who are always alone. Other people have more people. Matt often finds himself lonely and off with no help as he misses his wife to who was perfect. But he is still determined to give his daughter the best she could ever have.
Fatherhood Ending Explained
The ending moments of Fatherhood saw a big tiff between Matt and Maddy. He can clearly see how much she enjoys being at her Grandma and Grandpa’s home. Matt agrees he doesn’t want to stay there anymore and asks Maddy to come along, to which she denies. They celebrate Marion’s birthday. Matt whispers into Maddy’s ear how much he loves her as she falls asleep. Then he leaves the next day back to his city. But he still can’t get over the fact that he has to stay away from her.
Over a drink, Jordan lets Matt know how he crossed the expectations of being a great father. But still, Matt stays frustrated. The next day good news comes with Matt receiving a high-end promotion that may help him compensate for his daughter’s education till college. The only thing is he needs to travel a lot. Amidst all of this good news, Matt still feels lonely and misses Maddy a lot. He stares down at his father’s picture to figure out if he has filled in the shoes. He even manages to find the necklace Maddy lost under while cleaning her room.
Meanwhile, Matt isn’t the only one as Maddy misses him too. As he leaves for the job the next day with Oscar, the airport reminds Matt of all the moments he saw Maddy growing up as he raised her. He definitely doesn’t want to miss the rest of them. So instead of going to work, he goes back to his inlaws to reunite with Maddy. Gives her the mother’s necklace, and they reconcile.
They promise each other to go wherever they will but together. They also pay a visit to New York as Matt apologizes to Swan as he tried to push her away from Maddy. But this time, he decided to let her in by letting the girls have their talk. The movie closes in with Matt dropping her daughter at her new school in a uniform.