The gallery above contains SPOILERS for I Love You, Daddy.
“I Love You, Daddy” is the first film to have aged badly before it was even released, something that in the wake of the now confirmed sexual misconduct charges against Louis C.K. won’t ever happen.
Produced by Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton, Inc. company, “I Love You, Daddy” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9 where it was picked up for distribution by The Orchard, who fought off competition to spend $5 million on the worldwide rights to the film.
“I Love You, Daddy” was instantly called controversial after it initially screened, especially because of its subject matter, as the film revolves around Glen Topher (Louis C.K.), a successful television writer-producer, who looks to stop his 17-year-old daughter China (Chloe Grace Moretz) from starting a relationship with 68-year-old filmmaker, and rumored deviant, Leslie Goodwin (John Malkovich).
What unfolds are numerous lines, scenes, and discussions about sex, masturbation, and statutory rape that even before the New York Times’ piece were destined to court controversy as the rumors against C.K. had been circulating online and in the comedy world for years. As soon as the NYT article was posted it immediately became apparent that the film couldn’t be released, especially because parts of “I Love You, Daddy” could easily be interpreted as C.K. trying to either lighten and even absolve himself of blame/guilt.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to go to a press screening of “I Love You, Daddy” ahead of interviewing those associated with the film. Obviously that opportunity never materialized. But those of you that want to know exactly why it was impossible for “I Love You, Daddy” to be released in the wake of the Louis C.K. scandals can learn why by clicking through the gallery above, which details the 5 most controversial moments from the film.