It’s Father’s Day this Sunday and we think that Hollywood have given us more than a few shining examples of father figures. Well aware of the irreplaceable importance of fatherhood in every child’s life, we still can’t help wonder if Hollywood’s idea of fatherhood has changed over a period of time? Do you think that films today portray fathers differently? Remember the archetypal strong, family running, man of the house father figures? Hmmm…well we still love our movies and our Fathers, so here’s wishing all proud Father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day from the Little Rock Film Festival Staff.
Below is our staff pick of their favorite movies that celebrate fatherhood:
Levi Agee: LRFF Programmer
The Royal Tenenbaums: The Royal Tenenbaums is an adult comedy with many quirks and a sense of poignancy. It follows the lives of three gifted siblings who experience great success in youth, and even greater disappointment and failure after their eccentric father leaves them in their adolescent years. An ironic and absurdist sense of humor pervades the film.
The Road: A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.
Finding Nemo: After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clown-fish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Raising Arizona: When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintuplets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.
Justin Nickels: LRFF Programmer and LRHPS Director
The Godfather: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Field of Dreams: An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.
Gladiator: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: With the aid of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son’s life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon.
Bicycle Thieves: In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for his work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.
Angela Stoffer: LRFF Managing Director
Forrest Gump: Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.
Daddy Day Care: Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can’t find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.
Father of the Bride: In this remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, George and Nina Banks are the parents of young soon-to-be-wed Annie. George is a nervous father unready to face the fact that his little girl is now a woman
Lion King: Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.
Meet the Parents: Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend’s parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date’s worst nightmare.
Anna Sebourn: LRFF Box Office Manager
To Kill a Mokingbird: Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.
Mrs. Doubtfire: After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend secret time with his children held in custody by his ex.
La Cage Aux Folles: Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner
Cheaper by the Dozen: With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.
Liar, Liar: A fast track lawyer can’t lie for 24 hours due to his son’s birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.