The Fatherhood movie true story reveals that the real Matthew and Liz Logelin were married on August 13, 2005. They had met at a gas station back in Minnesota when they both were high school seniors. They maintained a long-distance relationship while Liz attended Scripps College in Claremont, California and Matt studied sociology at St. John's University in Minnesota. The distance persisted after graduation while Matt pursued a master's degree at Chicago's Loyola University. In 2002, instead of pursuing a PhD in sociology, Matt decided to move to California to start a life together with Liz. They married roughly three years later. Matt had popped the question while they were visiting a temple in Nepal. Approximately two years after their 2005 wedding, they discovered they were pregnant.
Yes. In researching the question, "How much of Fatherhood is based on a true story?" we learned that due to low amniotic fluid, Liz was put on bed rest for five weeks prior to her emergency c-section (Rachel Ray Show). The last two weeks of bed rest were spent in the hospital (AOL). The movie does not show Liz (Deborah Ayorinde) on bed rest.
Yes. The Fatherhood screenplay by director Paul Weitz and Dana Stevens is based on Matt Logelin's 2011 memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love. The memoir was written following the success of Logelin's blog, Matt, Liz and Madeline: Life and Death, All in a 27-Hour Period, which grew in popularity in 2008 as he struggled to adjust to sudden single parenthood. He had started the blog many years before his wife died, initially titling it MattLogelin.com and using it as a place to post photos from their travels together. Once Liz was put on hospital bed rest during the pregnancy, the blog became a way for him to keep family and friends in the loop.
"Madeline is here!" he posted on the day of her birth, March 24, 2008, adding, "The proud parents will continue to update everyone on our beautiful baby. Look forward to even more good news." After a tragic turn of events, a post four days later, titled "Liz", was an obituary for his wife. The blog became a place for Matt to chronicle his grief, as well as share the challenges he faced raising a premature daughter as a single parent.
Initially, in addition to sharing his daily struggles in his personal blog, which he had retitled Matt, Liz and Madeline: Life and Death, All in a 27-Hour Period, he also posted in the online parenting forum of his old hometown's newspaper, the Minnesota Star Tribune. The forum's moderators reached out to him and he soon found himself the subject of a front-page feature in the newspaper. The Star Tribune headline read, "Without Liz, but not alone." The article mentioned his blog, and he quickly saw its traffic spike, with many people returning daily to read his latest posts. Following the front-page story, he found himself and Maddy being recognized by strangers in public, something he found strangely comforting.
More visitors flooded his blog after his story was featured in a number of other newspapers, People Magazine, and on the TV shows of Rachel Ray and Oprah Winfrey. At its height, the blog received more than 40,000 visitors a day, and its success is part of what inspired him to write his memoir. Matt said that the blog will be a way for Maddy to understand how they managed together in the early days. "In many ways, it's a love letter to Madeline and to Liz. Liz will never read it, of course, I want Madeline to know that her dad didn't just curl up in a ball and start drinking heavily. I want her to know I was out there, doing as much as I could for her, and trying to make her as happy as I could." Matt intended to stop posting on the blog after the first year, but he was encouraged by the ongoing influx of new readers who were just discovering it, many of whom were looking for advice themselves. -The Guardian
Yes. A group of 10 new mothers in Matt's neighborhood invited him to meet with them at a local park. They traded spit-up stories and took Matt under their wing, offering him support and advice. After they noticed how thin he was getting, Hannah Maximova, one of the moms in the group, started Operation Feed Matt, taking him things like muffins and French toast. The main character attends a similar support group in the Kevin Hart Fatherhood movie. -People Magazine
Yes. Although the movie depicts Kevin Hart's character as living in Boston, Matt actually lived in Los Angeles. All of Maddy's grandparents were 1,500 miles away in Minnesota. They did what they could to help him, but if he had a bad night, they couldn't take the baby the next morning to give him a break. In real life, Matt's parents were divorced. "I started blogging for Liz's family," Matt told Rachel Ray. "It was for my family too, but I just wanted to give them visual proof that I was succeeding."
Yes. Although the blog is not included in the film, the Fatherhood movie true story reveals that readers of Matt's blog sent him formula, boxes of diapers, wipes, onesies, toys, infant nail clippers, hair clips, matching accessories, and a variety of other things. This included items he hadn't realized he needed. Someone sent him dividers to ensure that he was carrying the right doses of powdered formula. He even received beer. Rachel Engebretson set up a separate blog so that people could see what he needed.
Yes. In 2011, Matt Logelin began dating Brooke Gullikson, an early blog reader and a volunteer at the Liz Logelin Foundation. The two had met in 2010 at one of the foundation's fundraisers. Matt and Brooke broke up in 2013 after their relationship had been scrutinized by some of his blog's followers. A few months later, it was rumored that he was dating Bob's Burgers writer Lizzie Molyneux. In the movie, Lizzie (DeWanda Wise) is an animator for the fictional cartoon Lucky Jim. The rumor that they were dating was confirmed in 2016 when he and Lizzie attended a comedy show to benefit the foundation. After keeping their relationship under the radar for several years, the pair married in an unannounced ceremony in Palm Springs, California on February 24, 2018.
Yes. Managed by volunteers, the Liz Logelin Foundation was set up to help those who have suddenly lost a spouse and are faced with the challenge of raising a new child on their own. Through the foundation, Matt gave away the money that had been raised for him and Maddy to the widows and widowers who had reached out to him. He reasoned that many of them didn't have the same network of support that the blog had blessed him with. -The Guardian
No. Visiting MattLogelin.com reveals an empty blog. Matt's old posts are no longer present. In an interview with The Guardian, Matt once said that should Maddy ever tell him to stop the blog, he would. We do know that traffic to the blog declined somewhat in the years that followed (as of April 2011, it was getting approximately 15,000 visitors per day). In a 2016 interview with Us Weekly, Matt revealed that he stopped posting to his blog because he "no longer enjoyed writing it." Matt does have a Twitter account that he updates occasionally.
In researching the Fatherhood true story, we learned that by 2016, he was working as a project manager for the Yellow Pages (US Weekly). Matt Logelin remarried in 2018, tying the knot with Lizzie Molyneux, a writer on the animated series Bob's Burgers. Matt co-authored the 2016 children's book Be Glad Your Dad...(Is Not an Octopus!) with Sara Jensen. He relied heavily on Maddy's input when writing the book. Today, Matt works as a guest-columnist for Glamour Magazine and travels around as a public speaker, sharing his story.
Yes. Matt and his daughter Maddy visited the movie's set in Montreal on August 7, 2019. Of the visit, Kevin Hart commented, "While facing his darkest moment in his life, he was left with the responsibility of raising his child. Nobody believed in him or his ability to step up to the plate...but he did it. It was hard and grueling, but he found a way to pour all of the love he had into his daughter 'Madeline' because that's what his wife would have wanted him to do." -Kevin Hart Facebook
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