Thankfully, when it comes to watching movies, the apple truly doesn’t fall far from the tree, as my dad and I both enjoy the same type of movie, whether it’s a screwball sports comedy, odd “dramedy,” cinematic classic or twisted head-scratcher.
With Father’s Day approaching, here are four movies that would be perfect to watch with your father: two dealing with familial relationships and two that are just entertaining.
Successful sports movies are most often about the underdog, and this is no exception. But it’s an extremely well-written comedy about a team that finally wins for Cleveland.
Charlie Sheen, as Rick Vaughn, stars as the club’s hotshot, recently having pitched in the California Penal League.
Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, and Dennis Haysbert also play has-beens and never-would-be’s who only make the team so it would tank. Cue the unexpected comeback, which produces more bellows of laughter than any other sports comedy.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Though I never sued my father for interfering with my business, and though he never lost money when I melted down on the tennis court, we both enjoy this strange movie from Wes Anderson, which stars Gene Hackman as the patriarch of a once proud, now broken, family: The Tenenbaums.
Most moving about this film is that, in the end, Hackman’s Royal is once again accepted by his children and ex-wife, enabling him to spend time with them before dying of a heart attack-or saving his family from a sinking battleship.
The Godfather: Part II
The best of the bunch, this second entry follows the stories of both Michael and Vito Corleone, showing their respective rises to power in different eras.
At its core, this is another movie about family, as both Corleones do what they believe is necessary for their family as a whole, constantly diving into the moral grey. Let’s just say this: when your parents are already deceased, be wary of going fishing on Lake Tahoe with only your brother’s hired gun.
The Usual Suspects
One name says it all: Keyser Söze.
Perhaps the greatest whodunit of recent memory, this flick has nothing at all to do with family, but it’s completely entertaining, a wonderful movie that will keep you guessing until the final coffee cup shatters, until the final limp gives way to a powerful stride.
It’s also got the father of all twist-endings…and like that: poof. It’s gone.