Great movies about Dads, Super Dads, and their kids
Watching movies with your kids can become memorable experiences. I already a few ones – some awesome, some not so much. But even when I took Lucas to the movies to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 and within 30 minutes he was restless and freaking out to leave the theater I could later say that he enjoyed it and that’s what matters.
Here’s a list of movies worthwhile sharing with your kids. This is not a ranking and not all the movies are appropriate for all kids. It’s up to you to decide which ones will be enjoyable and suitable for you and your little (or not so little) ones. Get the popcorn ready.
The Incredibles (2004)
Directed by Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter
I constantly say here that being a Super Dad is not easy. I myself fail in being one many times. I just believe that the secret is that you should try to excel as a dad all the time knowing that you will slip once in a while. The Incredibles is a great kid’s movie about the struggles of raising a family when you’re a superhero. Perfect for Super Dads.
Liar, Liar (1997)
Directed by Tom Shadyak
Starring: Jim Carey
Children lie, adults lie too. But this movie shows how disastrous the effects of frequently lying to our children can be. Not that we have to perfect and blatantly honest 100% of the time but it’s just that using lies just to make our life easier and avoid commitments will only pile up frustrations for an eminent and bigger problem down the road.
Directed by Gregory Holbilt
Starring: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel
This is one of the two movies of this list that I haven’t watched yet. I read great things about it and the trailer shows a very interesting plot. It’s basically a thriller movie (mixed with some sci-fi and time travel) about a son that, while messing around with a ham radio, gets connected with his dad who died 30 years earlier. It has great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Daddy Day Care (2003)
Directed by Steve Carr
Starring: Eddie Murphy
I haven’t seen this one yet either. Seems like one of those silly, popcorn comedies that your 7-year old would laugh his/her pants off watching it. It might be worthy just as a reason to spend some quality time with your kids and laugh together about a father trying to run a day care.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Starring: Albert Brooks
Marlin, the clownfish who can’t tell a joke, is perhaps the greatest example of the overprotective father who has to recognize that maybe he’s projecting his own weaknesses onto his son; and that he has to let Nemo attempt something that he, Nemo, might fail at, if Nemo’s ever going to succeed at anything. This lesson is of course learned over the length of an extremely hazardous journey as Marlin displays his absolute dedication, to the point of self-sacrifice, to saving his only child. Very powerful message for an animation and Dori the blue fish will make you laugh for sure.
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Directed by Gabriele Muccino
Starring: Will Smith
The best movie about a father and son and about the perseverance of the human spirit ever made. This is based on the true story of Chris Gardner who went from rags to riches to make a life for his son. I have to say that just remembering this movie brings tears to my eyes. I would love to see every father having the same unconditional love for their kids.
Modern Family (TV Series / 2009-present)
Created by: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan
Modern Family features not one, but four different dads, each heading their own family — with varying degrees of success. Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), Cam Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) all struggle with their own relationship problems, and each other. From an intense fear of birds to an overwhelmingly competitive spirit, no father is perfect, but they all share a desire to navigate their loved ones down the correct path. Strangely, they all suffer from recurring flashbacks as well. What’s really cool about Modern Family is that you have dads of different ages, lifestyles and backgrounds and also five different kids spread through the three households: babies, pre-teens, teenagers… they have it all.
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