Movies have always been a favorite pastime for my father and me. Between our love for science fiction and Bill Murray, we’ve shared memorable
time together in front of the silver screen.
In honor of Father’s Day, here are just a few of my favorite movies about dads and their children.
“Father of the Bride”
Steve Martin plays a father who has difficulty letting go of his not-so-little girl as she prepares to leave home and become a wife.
Favorite Line: “I suddenly realized what was happening. Annie was all grown up and was leaving us, and something inside began to hurt.”
“Field of Dreams”
This movie always leaves me wanting to reconcile any hard feelings I have with loved ones.
Kevin Costner lives with regrets of not healing a rift with his father before his death. So Ray hears voices and builds a baseball field.
The result? A chance to throw the ball around one more time with dear old dad’s ghost.
Favorite Line: “Hey, Dad … You wanna have a catch?”
This “what if” tale of Peter Pan all grown up is a dad’s story. Robin Williams is an uptight businessman who has no time for his two kids.
When they are kidnapped by Captain Hook, he can save them if he embraces his inner child and believes in magic.
When the credits roll you should grab your kids and run to the park to swing and play.
Favorite Line: “We have a few special years with our children, when they’re the ones that want us around. After that you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention.”
Knowing when to give your child space is tough, especially in a frightening world.
Marlin the clownfish lets his fear drive his parenting, and it causes his son to feel smothered. Learning to give your kid room to grow is terrifying, but “Finding Nemo” reminds us that letting go is simply part of life.
Favorite Line: “Well you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”