Monday, June 14, 2010
Father's Day Flicks
Are you ready for Father's Day this weekend (hint: June 20)? If you're still stuck on what to get Dad, here's a list of five of the best Dads in recent cinema. So snuggle up with Pops and check out one of these DVDs celebrating fatherhood:
Frank Sullivan from Frequency (2000): Dennnis Quaid (Frank Sullivan) nailed his portrayal as a firefighter Dad who connects with his son John after thirty years when, wait for it, they're both adults. No, this isn't The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but rather the two reconnected after Frank discovered an old transmitter radio that fastforwarded the years and introduced him to his grown son John. The nostalgic discussions between the father and son, the nevereending laughs, and the loving ways the duo leaned on each other for support in ways neither of them could imagine cemented the ultimate father and son bond.
George Banks from Father of the Bride (2001): Who could forget Steve Martin in this hilarious comedy about a Dad grappling with the reality that his little girl is all grown up and walking down the aisle? With slapstick humor and surprisingly warm moments, Martin takes viewers on a journey of what it really means when they say when you love someone you must let them go. Truly a pleasure to watch on screen.
Guido Orefice from Life is Beautiful (1991): Guido Orefice's (Robert Begnini) imagination took us far beyond the Nazi concentration camp he and his son Giosué were imprisoned in this Italian dramedy. The loving father devised did everything he could he do--from playing make believe to literally putting on a fairy tale show--to keep a smile on his little boys face and in the midst of the horro that had become their daily lives. In the end, Guido left one message clear to his son: cherish every moment you have together.
Chris Gardner from Pursuit of Happyness (2006): Will Smith's (Chris Gardner) beautiful portrayal of a father who lost his home, his wife, but not his heart is a moving tribute to a man who never left his son's side--even during the most difficult time in his life. Even while sleeping in subway stations and homeless shelters and eating in soup kitchens, Chris taught his son to read and write and, most importantly, to never give up on his dreams.
Daniel Hillard from Mrs Doubtfire (1993): Robin Williams's hysterical transformation as a divorced Dad who would do anything just see his children--even if it means dressing up as their female babysitter--not only had us doubled over in laughter truly touched by a father's unconditional love for his children.
Which movie father reminds you of your Dad?