BY ISA MONTAGNESE
Who doesn’t love a good dad-themed movie? My dad loves a good silly comedy, so I thought I’d make a list of pretty great (mostly) father/daughter comedies that Dad and I could agree on.
5) Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
This movie was totally sweet. It’s about a family of misfits who realize they only have each other and that’s pretty great.
Dad Factor: Steve Carell and Alan Arkin act as substitute dads to the two struggling kids while their real dad learns some lessons, like every dad must.
4) Signs (2002)
This one is my pick! I love this movie. I didn’t mean to have a double dose of Abigail Breslin on this list, but she was so cute!
This grieving family gets invaded my aliens and learns about grief and loss in the process.
Dad Factor: Mel Gibson struggles with his own loss and then realizes its all about the kids, including his younger brother Joaquin Phoenix.
3) Meet the Parents (2000)
This is for sure my Dad’s pick. Ben Stiller meets his father-in-law Robert De Niro, and De Niro pulls a Godfather type routine.
My Dad loves this movie for two reasons: he’s Italian, so the De Niro factor is a plus, and he loves slapstick and this movie is the slapstickiest of them all.
Overall dad Factor: De Niro just wants the best for his daughter and in the end he knows that’s Stiller. Awwwww!
2) Father of the Bride (1991)
We have a major mutual love for this movie. Steve Martin and Diane Keaton are the best, but Martin Short steals the show as the wedding planner.
This movie is a remake, but feels like and old-school comedy about family and weddings.
Dad Factor: Steve Martin is the doing his best as a dad and he wins major points for trusting his daughter to make the right choices. Best Dad Award.
1) Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
We can both agree on this one! Best dad-themed movie!
Though honestly there isn’t much of a father/daughter specific storyline, the movie wins because of Mrs. Doubtfire being the best nanny/mom/grandma/dad/ass-kicker around. There’s sweet parenting scenes that are all mushy, but mostly the movie is full of hilarity and silliness, including the best montage of Robin Williams getting dressed as his drag alter-ego (below).
Dad Factor: He just wants to be a better dad! Though he goes about it in the weirdest and most elaborate way. Whatever, it’s Robin Williams, OK?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlErVEOZ3VM]