Kevin Hart is funny, that’s why so many of us know him.
So when I spotted that he had a new film on Netflix, I expected to be able to laugh the evening away.
I was wrong. Kevin took on a wildly different role than he typically would in this heart wrenching movie.
I knew that he was playing a widower, but I didn’t know we’d be there for the funeral or while she gave birth.
It’s based on the book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin, which I think adds to the heartbreak.
Kevin takes on the role of Matthew, who hasn’t built the crib for his child yet when he gets the news with his wife that they will have to get an emergency caesarean section to deliver their daughter.
It’s a joyous moment, they’re getting to meet their baby at last.
But the joy doesn’t last, because following the delivery Liz Logelin suffers from a pulmonary embolism and passes away.
I immediately burst into tears, the doctors had done everything that they could and still couldn’t save her.
Matt is suddenly a single father with a baby girl and no wife to help him out and he doesn’t know what to do.
But he figures it out, day by day he starts to get the hang of it and makes a life for him and Maddy.
Whenever Liz would come up in conversation I’d find myself choking up again, and when he’s set up with a beautiful woman years later who shared the same name as his late wife I actually had to pause the film.
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This is absolutely a tear jerker and it makes you so grateful for the people that are in your life.
It also brings up the troubling statistics surrounding mothers dying as a result of childbirth, earlier this year The Black Maternity Scandal aired with Rochelle Humes as they delved into the fact that Black women are four times more likely than White women to die during pregnancy and childbirth.
This film highlights the terrifying reality and humanises the issue as you watch Matt’s grief, it has somewhat of a happy ending but many tears until that point.
Kevin Hart excelled in this role and really brought the conflict to life as he struggled with the idea of loving again after losing his wife.
You can watch it now on Netflix (I would recommend having some tissues to hand).