• Daddy Issues
  • Thom Harp
  • Comedy No Manager 2015 Available Top Comedy
  • 78.1
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Details
Market July 13, 2015
Agent Sean Barclay, Mark Hartogsohn (Gersh)
Loglines
While watching a vintage adult film with his fiancee, a man discovers that his mother was once a porn star.
A man and his fiancé go on a road trip to find his biological father after discovering that he was the product of his mother's past career in porn.
After discovering his mom was a porn star, a man sets out to find his biological father.
A young man goes on a road trip to find his biological father after discovering he was a product of his mother's fleeting career as a porn star.
Format
Genres
Comedy, Family, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Actor, Boyfriend/Girlfriend, Broad Comedy, Car, Dating, Doctor, Dysfunctional Family, Fame, Father/Son, Feel Good/Uplifting, Film, Filmmaker/Filmmaking, Identity, Investigation, Journey, Love, Mainstream (studio), Mother, Mother/Son, Movie Business, Parent, Parenthood, Pregnancy, Racy/Raunchy, Relationship, Road Movies, Sex, Sex Comedy, Son, Student, Teen Comedy, Vacation
Pages
113
Rated
R
Budget
Medium
Lead
M White 27 Average
Similar
Due Date, Sex Tape, The Guilt Trip, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Knocked Up, We're the Millers, The Switch, Tammy, Mamma Mia
When
Present, several weeks. Two flashbacks (One set in the early 2010s and one set in the late 1990s).
Where
Takes place across the West Coast/Pacific Northwest of the United States. Mostly in a Hyundai Elantra. Various houses, mansions, farms, an office building, a porn set, a courthouse, a jail, and a police car.

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Synopsis
BRIAN (20) meets ASTRID (20) during a hilarious college prank at the University of Oregon. FLASHFORWARD seven years, where Brian (27) and Astrid (27) are now an engaged couple in a loving relationship. Brian is employed as a hospice worker, while Astrid is an aspiring doctor with a prestigious family and glowing future. One night they decide to watch some porn together, and end up discovering Brian's MOTHER (DARLENE, 50s) performing in a vintage porn film.

Horrified, Brian confronts his mother, and discovers that she used to be a porn star. His "father" (SETH, 50s) is not actually his biological father, since Darlene was pregnant when they met. When pressed, Darlene reveals that she does not know the identity of Brian's father, and that he could be any one of the hundreds of partners she had leading up to his birth. Furious, Brian decides to set out and find his biological father. Astrid agrees, deciding that it would be best for them (and their future children) to know Brian's family history to check for disease or mental illness. They compile a list of potential dads, and set off on a cross country road trip to meet the candidates in person. Over...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (Recommend)
In this sex comedy, a man discovers that his mother was a porn star while watching porn with his fiancé and they set out on a road trip to find out which of his mother’s many scene partners is his biological father. The story is very strong due to its compelling premise, well developed characters and large external and internal conflict. It is a largely original plot, with a highly comedic tone, appropriate for the genre, good dialogue and a structure with perfect causality and only one disposable scene. Its weaknesses lie in its faulty logic in the main conflict, since it is hard to believe that the protagonist could find his potential fathers with his limited resources, and its writing, which contains several errors and often resembles first person prose more than a screenplay in its action lines....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
“Daddy Issues” is about the journey that Brian, a living assistant takes with his fiancé in order to find his biological father. The premise is a promising one that could be the reality of people in the world. As characters, Brian and Astrid are delightful as they fuel off of each other as a couple and they are extremely easy to fall in love with. Brian’s and Astrid’s dialogue along with supporting characters feel authentic and gives everyone their own unique personality throughout the plot. The conflict is understandable and constant during the plot allowing Brian to work on both ends to solve the external and internal conflicts....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (PASS)
A struggling young man sets out to find his father after discovering that he was the illicit product of his mother’s short-lived career as a porn star. “Daddy Issues” is a broad comedy that centers around the identity crisis of its protagonist, Brian, as he struggles to discover his purpose in love, family, and career. Despite the clever premise, the repetitive structure makes for uneven pacing, as events appear to occur randomly, with little causation or logic to connect one beat to another. Characters tend to have similar voices, while the bulk of the humor is derived from some iteration of penis jokes. Although the concept has potential to lead somewhere exciting, “Daddy Issues” suffers from lack of coherent structure and episodic pacing that quickly becomes repetitive....