“I Love You, Daddy,” the movie scheduled for release next week that comic Louis C.K. directed, scripted and stars in, abruptly had its Thursday night New York premier canceled, as well as a planned appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” shortly before a New York Times report was posted in which multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Soon after, The Orchard, the film’s distributor, issued a statement declaring, “There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations. As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.”
Which could mean most people may never see the movie. Unlike “All the Money in the World,” which is going into reshoots to replace a handful of scenes previously featuring Kevin Spacey, who was recently accused of sexually predatory behavior, “I Love You, Daddy” is entirely built around C.K.’s character Glen, and would simply cease to exist if all of his scenes were excised.
Additionally, the film, which this writer has seen, revolves around successful TV series creator Glen’s discomfort over his 17-year-old daughter China’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) infatuation with a 58-year-old film director Leslie (John Malkovich), who is rumored to have pedophilic tendencies.
Beyond the overall ickiness of the concept, which is played for nervous laughs but taken with due seriousness by the characters throughout the movie, there are specific lines and gags that come uncomfortably close to reflecting sordid details in the Times article.
Most obvious among those are several scenes in which actor Charlie Day, playing Glen’s no-holds-barred comedian buddy Ralph, mimics vigorous masturbation with his clothes on, sometimes with a female co-worker of Glen’s in the room. The most serious accusations against C.K. involve him allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of women.
Glen is also accused of making a move on one…