With Father’s Day rolling around, forget the chocolates and the “world’s best dad” mug, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a film night for the whole family. But what film should you watch? Why, a film that celebrates fatherhood, of course! Whether it’s a comedy about a dad trying to spend time with his kids or a kid’s movie about one dad’s journey to find his son, celebrate Father’s Day by settling back with some feel-good father-based films.
Here are some films you can watch this year that are perfect for Father’s Day.
A new addition to the father-focused film line-up, Onward came out in 2020 and follows the story of two elf brothers as they set off on an epic quest to bring their deceased father back to life. A fantasy world crossed over with modern elements, it’s a charming comedy with a heartfelt message that showcases all kinds of father-figure types that kids can have in their lives.
We Bought a Zoo
In this Matt Damon film, a young widower father, Benjamin, takes on a new adventure and a fresh start when he buys a rundown wildlife reserve and moves there with his two children. Though closed for years, the park is home to many animals cared for by a small, dedicated staff. Working together, they must get the zoo back to its former glory, pass an inspection and get it open and running once again.
A classic Robin Williams film, divorced father Daniel Hillard hatches a plan to spend time with his children, after his ex-wife gains custody, by posing as an eccentric British nanny called Mrs Doubtfire. As Mrs Doubtfire, he becomes the responsible, caring parent he always meant to be and bonds with his children. But when both his nanny persona and Daniel meet different parties at the same restaurant, his lie is exposed.
Cheaper By the Dozen
Cheaper By the Dozen follows the story of Tom and Kate and their 12 children. When Kate is invited to go on a book tour to publicise her new book, Tom is left alone in charge of the children, plunging the household into chaos.
Grown Ups tells the story of five childhood friends on the same basketball team reconnecting as adults when they attend their coach’s funeral and have a weekend at a lake house where they used to party. By now, their lives have all drastically diverged, with Marcus who drinks too much, Rob with three daughters he barely sees, Eric out of work, Kurt a househusband and Lenny a successful Hollywood agent. As they reconnect, they reminisce about old times and get up to new shenanigans.
If you have young children, Finding Nemo is the perfect film to watch this Father’s Day for adults and children alike. This Pixar classic tells the story of Nemo, a young clownfish and his father Marvin, an anxious, overbearing parent who goes on a 1,500-mile journey across the ocean to find Nemo when he is taken by scuba divers. Teamed up with a forgetful fish named Dory, Finding Nemo proves that with enough determination, there is nothing a father wouldn’t do for his child.
The Royal Tenenbaums
This Wes Anderson film follows the life of Royal Tenenbaum’s three children, all of whom are extraordinary geniuses. But virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums has been erased by decades of betrayal and disaster – most of which is considered to be their father’s fault. The film follows the happenings of the family’s unexpected reunion one winter.
Despite the name, Mamma Mia is just as much about fatherhood as it is about mothers. Donna owns and operates a hotel on a Greek island where she lives with her daughter, who is getting married. But there’s one problem, she wants to be walked down the aisle by her father, and she has three possible candidates. Without her mother knowing, she invites her three potential fathers to the island, hoping to discover which one is her actual father. Set to the most popular songs by ABBA, Mamma Mia is a delightful, fun-packed film for the whole family.
A great film to watch with your kids, Eighth Grade tells the story of a thirteen-year-old Kayla enduring a tidal wave of adolescence as she navigates her last week of middle school. Online she presents a life that she has all together, while in reality she is sullen and silent around her single father and school peers. The film was praised for its realism and authenticity.
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