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Smoke, Flicks, and Chill: Best Dads in Cinema History

This one's for you, pops.

by Sean Abrams

by Sean Abrams

Father's Day is slowly creeping upon us, and while you scramble to find your Dad the perfect gift (or at least a heartfelt card), you must remember one thing: dads only want time with you. The burly, occasionally beer-bellied men that raised us from birth may enjoy spending their time with their eyes glued to a sporting event, but it’s yearly occasions like this one that call for a time to sit down with your old man and show him how much you care. Just like the men themselves, relationships between father and child come in all different forms, and while you may only experience one in your life, the ones on-screen depict crazy and comical scenarios that you may never find yourself in. Lucky for you, you can still view ‘em right on your big TV screen. Below, you can find five Father’s Day appropriate films (in no particular order) to get high during, and if your Dad doesn’t smoke.. well, you’re never too old to pick up a new hobby.

Big Daddy (1999)

While most people can agree that avoiding responsibility is a typical routine in early adulthood, what would you do if you woke up to find a rowdy prepubescent kid on your doorstep. That’s what happened to Adam Sandler in this coming of age tale (AKA get your shit together), Big Daddy. Forced to hide the porn, clean the bathroom, and most certainly dispose of any drug paraphernalia, Sandler quick grows up alongside his doorstep kid Julian and develops a paternal bond that really allows you to grasp a new outlook on life and with a little planning, one that could still involve some weed.

Munchie: A perfect combination like lamb and tuna fish.

Taken (2009)

If this movie can teach you anything, it’s that you don’t fuck with Liam Neeson or his children. This action thriller sends viewers on a wild ride to France where Neeson’s role as a retired CIA operative comes in handy after his daughter and her friend become victims of sex trafficking. The amount of bone breaking, gun-toting things that he does throughout the film in order to see his flesh and blood again earn him Father of the Year, or of All Time, Award hands down. There may not be much thought put in aside from the punches, but a few puffs in will make for a rollercoaster of a ride.

Munchie: French fries for your overseas trip.

Finding Nemo (2003)

There’s nothing better to watch with your dad on Father’s Day than one of the best animated movies of all time. Swap out Bryan Mills for a minuscule clownfish and you’ve got a mirrored storyline to previous list-maker Taken, with titular character Marlin on a quest to save his captured son, Nemo, through the deep depths of our oceans. While there may not be as much destruction, Nemo delivers with overall concept, effects, and characters courtesy of an all-star cast. Who knew it was possible to care so much about animated under sea creatures?

Munchie: Goldfish, because duh.

Father of the Bride (1991)

Steve Martin represents the typical father incapable of separating from his children in this early ‘90s comedy. Before finally coming to terms with his daughter’s nuptials and the fact that she’d be flying the coop real soon, Martin allows his emotions to get the best of him, even ending up behind bars after an untimely supermarket incident (like most dads would have). It’s no surprise that this box office success not only spawned a sequel, but also prepared countless men around the world as to what would happen once their children grew up out of diapers.

Munchie: Hot dogs all around.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

The late, great Robin Williams proves that dads will go leaps and bounds above the rest just to see their kids. After getting the short end of the stick during a grueling custody battle with his wife (Sally Field), Williams uses her pursuit of a nanny as an opportunity to sneak back into their lives, thanks to some heavy prosthetics, a wig, and a pretty damn good British accent. As his brand new persona, Mrs. Doubtfire, he uses this time to re-establish a great relationship with his three kids and unknowingly prove to his wife that he’s fully capable of being a great father even if he may look like a grandma. While any hopes for a sequel were dashed with Robin’s passing, countless viewings of Mrs. Doubtfire will always keep Euphegenia in our hearts.

Munchie: Jambalaya sounds great, but hold the pepper.


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Sean Abrams

Sean Abrams is a Brooklyn native with a penchant for being the guy who eats only the pink Starbursts. He currently resides in Astoria and is an Associate Editor at Maxim Magazine. Follow him down the rabbit hole on Twitter at @seanybrams.



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