Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fatherhood on film: Five best movies about dads

Relationships between a father and his family have always been considered a cinematic favorite, especially in films that depict hope, drama, resentment and resolution. There’s just something about a scene that involves a father and his kids that tugs at the heartstrings.

Here are five movies about dads that show them in a positive light:

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Father of the Bride (1991). In this remake of the 1950 original movie of the same title, Steve Martin plays George Banks, who starts to have letting-go issues as his oldest daughter Annie is about to get married.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962). This book adaptation tells the story of Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Puck), a single father, sharp shooter, and a lawyer who remains devoted and protective of his children especially during that time of racial prejudice.

Pursuit of Happiness (2006). Real-life father-and-son Will Smith and Jaden Smith star in this biographical drama based on multi-millionaire Chris Gardner’s one-year struggle with homelessness with his son Christopher Jr. This movie shows the lengths a father goes to for his son, never abandoning him despite the financial crisis.

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Finding Nemo (2003). This Pixar animation is about Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), a clown fish who loses his family in a barracuda attack. The only one to survive is Nemo, who is frustrated at his dad’s neurotic over-protectiveness. When Nemo gets abducted by divers, Marlin crosses seas and oceans to find him.

The Godfather (1972). Actor Marlon Brando stars as Vito Corleone, the aging Don of a New York Crime family, who wants to pass on the legacy to his reluctant son Michael (played by Al Pacino). This movie shows a great deal about family values that can soften the hearts of even the toughest mafia bosses. This is also the source of Vito’s famous fatherhood quote - “a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

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What’s your favorite fatherhood film?

Hi! I’m Christopher J. Keehner, and I’m a family man running a business in Philadelphia. Follow me on Facebook for more discussion on fatherhood and family.