Russell Crowe

'Fathers and Daughters' burns out of control

'Fathers and Daughters' burns out of control

“Fathers and Daughters” might as well have been titled “Daddy Issues: The Movie,” lazily relying on that old chestnut that women who have complicated relationships with their fathers become self-destructive sex addicts — until of course, they find a man who reminds them of dad. That’s the overarching theme that rises out of this literary melodrama, which hops between the childhood and adulthood of Katie (played by Kylie Rogers and Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of brilliant but troubled writer Jake Davis (Russell Crowe).

Directed by Gabriele Muccino, “Fathers and Daughters” is imbued with all the syrupy earnest...