Father’s Day is a day for celebrating Dad. With that said, movies are a good way to celebrate any day, but not just any movie will do. For this article, I picked some movies in which, not only will Dad love, but the entire family will enjoy. In this article, I will cover three different genres which can be classified as family movies. First up:
“Father of the Bride,” 1991 This movie represents the mother of all bombshells. Daughter goes overseas for a semester, and without a boyfriend. When she comes back, she announces that the is engaged to be married. That is the quagmire in which George (Steve Martin) and Nina Banks (Diane Keaton) found themselves when their daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) announces that he is engaged to be married to Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern). As the movie’s title suggests, the focus is on Steve Martin’s character as George is least accepting of the situation at hand. If there is a villain in this movie, it is Martin Short’s Franck Eggelhoffer. Franck isn’t a villain in the true sense, but his prices, as the family’s wedding planner, drive George insane to the point Nina has to bail him out after causing a disturbance in a supermarket. The movie does have a happy ending as Bryan and Annie are married.
“The Patriot,” 2000 Mel Gibson stars as South Carolina farmer Ben Martin in this period piece set during the American Revolution. At first, Ben is reluctant to fight, and see South Carolina take part, in the revolution because the battle was considered to be up north. However the South Carolina General Assembly votes to support the war effort, and Ben’s eldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the Continental Army. Tragedy strikes when the Martin plantation is burned to the ground followed by son Thomas’s (Gregory Smith) death at the hands of British Colonel William Tavington (Jason Isaacs). As a result, Ben resolves to join the local militia and is eventually involved in one of the decisive battles of the war.
“Air Force One,” 1997 This is the film and is not the actual plane. Harrison Ford stars as President James Marshall and the action takes place on a plane that posed as the actual aircraft. The main situation for this film is that Russian terrorists hijack the plane with the President and his family (Grace, played by Wendy Crewson, and Alice, played by Liesel Matthews) on board the flight. This film is considered, by me, to be a great action thriller for the entire family even to the point that one wonders why the film was ignored at awards time. However, then current President, Bill Clinton gave the movie good reviews. In addition, Gary Oldman’s fans believe he should have gotten an supporting actor Oscar for his work as the lead Russian hijacker.
“Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” 1993 Yes this is a Mel Brooks send-up of a classic story. However, this film has more adventure then any other of Mel’s comedies. This take on Robin Hood stars Cary Elwes in the title role as he is held captive in Jerusalem during the Crusades. He escapes with the help of fellow inmate Asneeze (Issac Hayes) and sets course for home where he discovers that the Loxley family had been erased from existence with help from Prince John (Richard Lewis). Robin forms his band of Merry Men which includes Asneeze’s son Achoo (Dave Chappelle in his first major role), and Eric Allen Kramer as Little John. Once we get past this point, the movie is standard fare as can be found in a Robin Hood type movie, but with a great comic twist. It includes Maid Marion (Amy Yasbeck) and her chastity belt and Roger Rees (more noted for his role on Cheers as Robin Colcord) as the Sheriff of Rottingham.
There you have it, four movies that Dad will love. I am a fan of these movies myself and I consider them to be somewhat obscure, but they are good viewing movies I believe the entire family will love.
Father of the Bride
Air Force One
Robin Hood: Men in Tights