14. Daddy Issues
Release Year: 2018
Directed By: Amara Cash
Starring: Madison Lawlor, Montana Manning, Andrew Pifko, Monte Markham, Kamala Jones, Jodi Carol Harrison, Seth Cassell, Ronnie Clark, Lissa Danshaw
Release Date: Friday, Sept. 20
Have you been watching HBO’s new hit teen drama series Euphoria? Well, Daddy Issues, one of the best new Netflix movies arriving this September looks and feels a lot like a spiritual companion to the breakout Zendaya drama. For starters, there’s an abundance of glitter makeup looks, creative cinematographic choices, and bizarre narrative structures centered around the idea of Generation Z’s reliance on social media. If Euphoria’s up your alley, Daddy Issues might be, too.
Daddy Issues centers on Maya Mitchell (Madison Lawlor), a 19-year-old queer pixie, who finds herself caught up in love triangle after connecting with her Instagram crush. When Maya becomes romantically involved with her sexually fluid online crush Jasmine Jones (Montana Manning), she’s unwittingly thrown into a complicated love triangle with Jasmine and her secret sugar daddy. Just a wild guess, but that’s where the titular daddy issues come into play.
Daddy Issues comes from director Amara Cash from a screenplay by Alex Bloom. The film first premiered in 2017 and the continued to screen at nine film festivals, including Inside Out Film and Video Festival. Out of 18 total award nominations from film festivals, Daddy Issues has won 10 awards, which includes Best Feature at two festivals and the Jury Prize at the Arizona Underground Film Festival. Daddy Issues clocks in at just 88 minutes, making it a shorter watch than two episodes of a drama series. Don’t miss the indie’s streaming debut on Sept. 20.