Despite the industry gripes over Netflix’s transparency around data, the 61 million number helps illustrate the value of Hart’s overall deal with the streamer in that this project is not a splashy action tentpole — like previous Netflix hits “Extraction” with Chris Hemworth and “The Old Guard” with Charlize Theron.
Stepping outside his typical comedic role, Hart portrays Matt Logelin, whose wife Liz (Deborah Ayorinde) died just after the birth of their daughter Maddy (Melody Hurd). He works to care for her the way Liz would have wanted and is determined to tackle fatherhood alone. However, along the way he learns that raising a child and becoming a great dad takes a village and finds support from family and friends, including his boss and a new love interest.
“Fatherhood” was directed by Paul Weitz, who wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens. It was produced by Hart, Marty Bowen and David Beaubaire and executive produced by Betsy Danbury, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Bryan Smiley, Jaclyn Huntling Swatt, Isaac Klausner, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. Barack and Michelle Obama’s company Higher Ground Productions, which has a deal with Netflix, presented the film.