Father’s Day is coming up. The holiday holds true for many people in different walks of life. Maybe you’re still living with your father, or you’re far away from him. Maybe your father died. Perhaps, even, you’re a father yourself now, as this will be my first Father’s Day as a dad. As you well know, there are many movies about father/child relationships. I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite movies about dads and their relationship with their kids.
After all, if you’re struggling with planning the perfect Father’s Day, keep in mind that sometimes the best thing a father can have is a couch, a box of pizza, and a movie.
Big Fish - This may be my favorite Tim Burton movie; it’s a bit weird, but not at all creepy. It’s the story of a grown son trying to put together his dad’s fabrications of life in the truest sense.
Best line: “A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.”
Bill Cosby, Himself - This is a hysterical standup done by Bill Cosby. As engaging as any 90-minute movie, and funnier than most comedies I’ve seen. Cosby takes the audience on a whirlwind adventure from dating to marriage to childbirth to kicking the kids out of the house. It’s impossible not to crack up, especially if you’ve “been there.”
Best line: “We [parentes] don’t want justice. We want quiet!”
Dan in Real Life - A sweet movie about a widowed father trying to raise his three daughters while visiting the extended family. Steve Carrell shows a bit of his serious/charming side in this one.
Best line: “Love is not a feeling, Mr. Burns. It’s an ability.”
Despicable Me - Another Steve Carrell favorite, more on the silly side. Despicable Me is considered, in our house, to be nearly as good as a Pixar movie. Maybe it’s the whole adoption thing we like so much. After all, three adorable girls can soften even the hardest of hearts, right?
Best line: “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” (That was for you, Sarabeth)
Fiddler on the Roof - And while we’re talking about movies with dads raising three daughters, I’ll throw in this gem. What man can’t relate to Tevye, who just wants a little more money, who just wants to keep his wife’s affections, and who just wants to keep his daughters at home? I’ll admit, as funny as this movie can be, some scenes are pretty tough to get through, especially if you have daughters of your own.
Best line: [To God] “If money is a curse, then smite me with it!”
Father of the Bride - If you haven’t seen this a million times already… I just don’t know what to say to you.
Best line: “This was the moment I’d been dreading for the past six months. Well, actually for the past 22 years.”
Finding Nemo - Search the entire ocean to find my lost son? No problem. Letting him grow up… eh, not so easy.
Best line: “Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”
A Goofy Movie - You know, I’ve met some people who didn’t like Lord of the Rings (they’re not my friends). I’ve also heard of some people not liking pizza. But I have never heard of anybody – ever – not liking A Goofy Movie. My dad, in fact, would sit and watch this with me growing up, and getting him to watch any cartoon was like pulling teeth. Yeah, this is the ultimate Father’s Day movie.
Best line: Goofy: “You look just like I did at your age.” Max: “Please don’t say that, Dad.”
Mrs. Doubtfire - Dress up as a woman to see your kids everyday? Er, um, sure thing. I think most dads would get this. Robin Williams at his absolute best here. (BTW, they’re working on a sequel… what do you think about that?)
Best line: “My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes.”
Parenthood - Another Steve Martin favorite and directed by Ron Howard (what a pair, huh?). This is the movie that inspired NBC’s awesome show Parenthood. Just a good flick about how parenthood never ever ends – and there’s never a break. (Ironically, don’t watch this with the kids around.)
Best line: Karen: “Do you really have to go?” Gil: “My whole life is have to.”
Shrek Forever After - In an effort to erase the deplorable Shrek the Third from existence, Dreamworks puts together a valiant effort in this fourth installment. Shrek is in over his head with this whole fatherhood thing, and he gets his wish to have everything back the way it was before he got married.
Best line: “Are my kids cute or do they make people uncomfortable?”
What are your favorite movies about fathers? List ‘em bellow, I’d love to hear them!