Father’s Day: Spend time with 5 awesome movie dads

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As Vito Corleone once said, “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

Despite his role as a ruthless crime boss, Corleone cherishes family and fatherhood – and, after all, isn’t that one of the reasons “The Godfather” has captured our hearts?

From mob bosses with a soft spot for loved ones in ‘The Godfather’ trilogy to a dad who goes to embarrassing lengths to keep his family happy in the ‘National Lampoon’ franchise, there’s no shortage of movie dads to hang out with. identify or fall in love with.

Here are some other fantastic fictional dads to hang out with on Father’s Day.

Ted KramerDustin Hoffman

“Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)

After his emotionally weary wife, Joanna, leaves him with their young son, Billy, work-obsessed advertising executive Ted Kramer is left to raise their 5-and-a-half-year-old son on his own. It takes a bit of adjustment for him and his son to figure out how to relate to each other. But as he steps away from his career, Ted learns long-neglected parenting skills, allowing him to build a truly loving father-son relationship. However, chaos and a brutal court battle ensue when Joanna returns to claim custody of Billy.

Peter Mitchell (Tom Selleck), Michael Kellam (Steve Guttenberg) and Jack Holden (Ted Danson)

“Three Men and a Baby” (1987)

Why settle for one fictional father, when you can watch three – Peter, Michael and Jack – who are forced to abandon their single life and change diapers instead. While Jack is on a business trip, Peter and Michael find a baby on their doorstep with a note saying it belongs to Jack. The trio adjust to fatherhood in a hilarious sequence of searching for baby food, lullaby singing and other misadventures as they soon assume their role as baby Mary’s guardians.

George Banks (Steve Martin)

“Father of the Bride” (1991)

Any overprotective dad can relate to George Banks, whose life changes after his 22-year-old daughter, Annie, returns from studying abroad and announces her engagement. Like any clinging father, George is more than reluctant to let go of the little girl whose tiny hand was inserted into his own. whose head leaned against his chest; and whose eyes would gaze adoringly on him as his hero. The worry that his sweet little girl would meet the wrong guy turned into a constant fear that she would meet the right guy instead and he would lose his daughter indefinitely. In a comedic series of extravagant wedding preparations, George must come to terms with his daughter growing up.

Daniel HillardRobin Williams

“Mrs. Doutefeu” (1993)

Divorced Daniel Hillard goes above and beyond for his children by playing the character of Mrs. Doubtfire, an older British woman whom he convinces his ex-wife, Miranda, to hire as a nanny. The ruse allows her to spend more time with her three children than their weekly visits. What better way to show paternal devotion than to secretly lead a double life as a guardian matron? As Mrs. Doubtfire captures the hearts of the children, Daniel also learns how to be a better parent.

Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey)

“Liar Liar” (1997)

Some movie dads take longer than others to show up for their kids. His son Max, who had been disappointed one too many times, makes a birthday wish for his father to stop lying for a day. The ensuing 24 hours of humorous and sometimes hard-to-watch revelations allow conniving lawyer Fletcher Reede to finally understand the importance of being present and putting family first.

Contact Maria Staubs at mstaubs@reviewjournal.com. Follow @MariaStaubs on Twitter.

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