"Heartwarming Story of Forgiveness"
What You Need To Know:
DAD WANTED is blessed by good performances and a heartfelt story. Characters must learn how to forgive the ones they love most. Also, themes of honesty, loyalty and sacrifice are prevalent. Sadly, DAD WANTED is marred by scenes where the actor that Blanca hires to help her drowns his grief in alcohol because his daughter died when he fell asleep driving. DAD WANTED also contains brief foul language, including the accidental use of an “f” word. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
DAD WANTED is a heartfelt, slightly family-friendly Mexican movie with plenty of comedy and emotion about a 10-year-old girl who dreams of doing BMX racing.
The movie opens with Blanca, a 10-year-old girl, getting awakened to go to school. Her mother isn’t there to take her, so she has to call a cab. When the taxi comes to pick her up, she gives the driver her backpack, uncovers a hidden bicycle, and races the driver to school. Blanca is a skilled biker, but they arrive at the school at the same time.
Blanca’s mother works as a movie director who works long hours. When she arrives home that day, Blanca is asleep on the couch. She struggles to connect with her daughter but insists on taking her to school. Upset that she can no longer ride her bicycle, Blanca is in a foul mood the next morning.
While at school, Blanca learns about a BMX racing competition. Her best friend urges her to enter. There’s only one problem; she needs her mother’s signature. We learn that after her father died on a bicycle, Blanca’s mother has forbidden biking of any kind.
Wanting to pursue her dream, Blanca goes against her mother’s wishes and tries to find an actor willing to play the role of her father. The actor, named Alberto, struggles with his own loss after his daughter passed away in a car accident. Alberto is skeptical of returning to acting, because he blames his career for his daughter’s death. However, eventually he warms up to the idea of helping Blanca pursue her racing dream.
Alberto and Blanca do everything they can to raise enough money to buy Blanca a bicycle because her mother took away the one she had been riding. Although Alberto’s in debt, he sacrifices his time, money and even some of his home to help Blanca. However, when Blanca’s mom figures out that Blanca has been skipping school and uncovers Alberto and Blanca’s scheme, it looks like Blanca will never see her bike or Alberto again.
DAD WANTED is a Mexican-made movie with good performances and a heartfelt story. Characters must learn how to forgive the ones that they love most, and themes of honesty, loyalty, and sacrifice are prevalent. Although some viewers may find the relationship between Blanca and the actor to be manufactured or even uncomfortable, the movie’s heart is definitely in the right place. Unfortunately, with an unnecessary use of the f-word and depictions of alcohol abuse, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for younger audiences.