Father’s Day is almost here, which means it’s time to honour and appreciate the dads in our lives. It is the perfect day to celebrate our fathers’ love and dedication by spending quality time with them, watching one of these movies. All five of these films are centered around fatherhood and remind us of the strong love a dad has for his children. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)- This classic family drama, starring two Hollywood legends, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, won four Golden Globes and five Oscars, including Best Picture. Joanna Kramer (Streep) suddenly decides to walk out on her husband, Ted Kramer (Hoffman), and their six-year-old son, Billy (Justin Henry). Initially, both father and son face painful challenges of getting adjusted to one another, but soon learn to cope, and in fact grow closer. Eighteen months later, Joanna returns wanting full custody of Billy. Ted, the once reluctant dad who had little time for his son, has now become a devoted father who refuses to give up his little boy without a fight.
Taken (2008)- A father’s worst nightmare comes true when his 17-year-old daughter and her friend are abducted from their Paris apartment by Albanian sex traffickers. Liam Neeson plays ex-CIA agent, Bryan Mills, who is on a mission to find his daughter and bring down the culprits using any means necessary. Not all fathers are CIA agents, but would go to any length to save us from danger. Taken is an action-packed film, perfect for those action loving dads.
Father of the Bride (1991)- In this delightful father-daughter comedy, a remake of the classic 1950 Spencer Tracy film, Steve Martin (George Banks) plays an overprotective dad who is having a difficult time letting go of his daughter at the altar. George’s daughter, Anne Banks (Kimberly Williams), is a recent college graduate who returns home from Europe and announces her engagement to her new beau of six months. While Anne’s mother, Nina (Diane Keaton), is excited, George is having feelings of resentment towards his soon-to-be son-in-law for taking his daughter away from him. He is also overwhelmed with the wedding expenses, and makes several comedic attempts to change the elaborate arrangements. Coming to terms with his little girl growing up is proving to be extremely challenging for George, an emotion all fathers can relate to.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)- Robin Williams plays Daniel Hillard, a devoted father who goes to extreme lengths to spend time with his children, after losing custody of them to his ex-wife, Miranda (Sally Fields). When Daniel learns that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, he devises an elaborate plan to make his way back into the family home. With the help of his brother, Daniel disguises himself as a matronly British nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire, who Miranda unknowingly hires to care of the children. Mrs. Doubtfire is one of Williams’ most iconic roles and is the living embodiment of a doting father who loves his children.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)- Will Smith stars in The Pursuit of Happyness, a tear-jerking true story about the hardships of an unemployed single father and his son. The film follows Chris Gardner’s (Will Smith) one-year struggle, as both he and his five-year old son, Christopher Jr., (Jaden Smith) become homeless. During this time, Gardner refuses to give into his despair as he struggles to create a better life for him and his son. This inspirational story shows the strength and determination of a loving father to succeed against all odds.
- Sabrina Joshi