You know what dads love? I mean, besides liquor and sex (ewwww, sorry). Dads love movies and spending time with his kid(s). At least this dad does. Something tells me I'm not alone.
So this Father's Day, skip the mall and treat your dad to some popcorn and a good flick. A few suggestions, some old, some new, all great:
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Father of the Bride (1991)
A no-brainer, this classic father-daughter story perfectly captures a dad's angst at watching his child grow up and leave the nest. Every time the movie dips its toe into maudlin waters, Steve Martin pulls it back to safety. And for once, Martin Short is funny. (Skip the sequel, though, it's horrid.)
In America (2002)
Writer/director Jim Sheridan's (In the Name of the Father) autobiographical story of his family's immigration from Ireland to the US beautifully illustrates the struggles of a father to provide for his wife and children, but does so in a way that's amusing and heartwarming, never cloying. Djimon Hounsou (Amistad) has a nice turn as a recluse neighbor who helps the family in an unexpected way.
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The Hangover (2009)
Four guys go to Vegas for a bachelor party weekend. Hilarity ensues. One or two scenes might make you squirm; otherwise, you'll be laughing it up with your old man as you watch last year's hit comedy.
The Stepfather (1987)
Before he lost all his hair and became John Locke on Lost, Terry O'Quinn played a nuttier-than-squirrel-poop stepdad looking for the perfect family. Since there's no such thing as a perfect family, Terry's disappointed and decides to kill them all. This one's only for fans of horror or ridiculous fun.
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Field of Dreams (1989)
Don't let the baseball theme fool you. This is a movie about hope and relationships and coming to terms with the past, so any child, male or female, will enjoy it with his/her dad. If you've never seen your father cry, wait until the end of this one.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The second installment of the ultimate dad movie. Everyone's seen the first one, but maybe not the sequel, which some consider even better than the original. Long. Violent. Terrific.
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An old man decides to see the world before he dies -- by tying hundreds of helium balloons to his home. Like most Disney/Pixar movies, the animated title isn't just for kids. You and your old man will love this story of friendship and rediscovering the joy of living. A poignant and hilarious movie.