A Father's Day Movie to Remember

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 11:50 AM

Been thinking about Father's Day. Our terrific movie voices Emily Rems and Rafer Guzman had some suggestions for movies, with great (or at least memorable) dad movies. You should check them out. They are a little serious and dark but really fun. They got me thinking. I loved Spencer Tracy as the dad in "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner." But more recently that amazing James Mangold movie "3:10 to Yuma" has fatherhood themes all through it.

Christian Bale plays the dad, holding out for principle even though it hurts his family and disgusts his son: Logan Lerman. There is the Russell Crowe character as the outlaw whose toughness and smarts impress a young boy disillusioned with his own dad. Then there’s a spectacular performance by Ben Foster who follows Crowe as though Crowe is his father, although truly he’s just an outlaw in a stagecoach robbing gang. In the end it is fatherhood and a man’s attempt to save his family that wins out over blind loyalty. It’s a gripping scene in the end and a total heartbreaker. Father’s Day yes… Happy, uh no.

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