As today is Father’s Day, we thought we’d give you a couple of ideas. That’s not saying to go out and do what the people in this list do. GOD NO. But maybe today you can throw one of these bad boys on the TV and relax whilst realising that you might be the world’s best dad, but you’re no Marlon from Finding Nemo.
Mufasa – The Lion King (1994)
Mufasa’s role in The Lion King is much more poignant than it should be. He’s the typical Dad. He gets angry at Simba, sure, but he protects him and offers him advice to help him grow up and become a strong leader. He becomes the loveable father figure and then is lawlessly killed off by his own brother! But don’t worry, because he comes back as a cloud and still tells Simba what he’s doing wrong and what to do. That is persistence to fatherhood if ever I did see it.
Daniel Hillard – Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
So, you’ve quit your job, lost your wife and the rights to see your kids unless you find a steady job. What now? Are you thinking what I’m thinking? If you’re Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), then no. You’re not thinking what I’m thinking. I was thinking of getting my life back on track, finding a steady job and a place to live and winning back the love and respect of my ex-wife and kids dressed as a man, whereas you Daniel, was thinking of doing it dressed as a woman. All the while loitering around your ex-wife’s house, posing as a Scottish nanny breaching a court order just to see your kids? That’s dedication. But also, kind of messed up.
Darth Vader – Return of The Jedi (1983)
After audiences were left reeling from The Empire Strikes Back major twist of “No, I am your father” (Yes, that’s the actual line not “Luke, I am your father” as misquoted by EVERYONE), Darth Vader became an iconic movie villain. I mean, not only is he one of the biggest and baddest people to ever threaten the galaxy with a massive planet-destroying gun in the shape of a star but whilst he’s doing that he’s also the lead character’s dad?!?! He does redeem himself in Return of The Jedi though when he realises he needs to be a man and protect his son against the emperor, albeit at the cost of his life. So, redemption was short lived. But still.
Mr Levenstein – American Pie (1999 – 2012)
During our teenage years, we would’ve all wanted a dad like Eugene Levy’s “Mr Levenstein” from the American Pie series. I mean we wouldn’t like to admit it and to be perfectly honest, I’m teetering on the edge of retracting my previous statement out of sheer embarrassment for everyone involved in that scenario. That being said, Jim (Jason Biggs) and his dad have a relationship that although might seem cringe-worthy at least 98% of the time, is just downright special. I mean who wouldn’t love all that advice during that time in your life? Just, maybe with less eyebrows.
Bryan Mills – Taken (2008)
When Bryan Mills’ daughter gets kidnapped by a group of Albanian Human Traffickers, he does what any of us reading this would do. Threaten to hunt down and kill each last one of them. Right?
When it comes to being a dad, there is no such thing as being overprotective. This movie is a prime example of that and I don’t doubt that this movie will make you hold your family that little bit closer every day. Not to mention it’s 1 hour and 33 minutes of Liam Neeson at his best delivering killer one-liners and just being an all-round BELTER!
Marlon – Finding Nemo (2003)
Okay, so I’ve gone years thinking that this Dad is crazy because he travelled across the whole ocean to find his son after he was… kidnapped? Fishnapped? Anyway, after doing some research for this post I’ve realised he only travelled from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney. Which is about a day and a half drive by car to put that into perspective. So, it might not be across the ocean, but when you think about the speed and size of a car compared to that of a clownfish – that’s nuts! To further put it into perspective, to travel from Townsville City, Australia (approximately the same distance as the Great Barrier Reef which is around 1,972km) to Sydney on foot, it would take a person 398 hours. And a person doesn’t even have to encounter sharks or jellyfish. Marlon is crazy but just a stand-up, all round, good guy, fantastic DAD.
So, there you have it. The movie-lovers guide to being the world’s best Dad.
All you need to do now is offer your children some fatherly and cringe-worthy advice about their teenage years, always be ready to appear in your cloud form to offer further advice when needed, travel over 1,972km for over 398 hours to save your children from an evil emperor in a galaxy far, far away or a gang of Albanian human traffickers (depending on your postcode), all whilst dressed as the Scottish Nanny.
Or just keep doing what you’re doing!
Happy Fathers Day!