The 10 Worst Father’s In Movie History
|Maybe Not The Best Father|
This weekend Adam Sandler is making a “bad dad” movie. You’ve seen “bad dad” movies before. From Mr. Mom and Kramer vs. Kramer where apparently men in the 1980’s were incapable of cooking, cleaning or caring for children to watching Royal Tenenbaum introduce his daughter as “my adopted daughter” to everyone he meets the “bad dad” movie have been a hollywood staple for years, but how bad are the dads in these movies? Generally the “bad dad” movie has at its center a dad who isn’t so much bad as utterly clueless who in the end learns that simply and truly putting your kids first, and in so doing making a visible sacrifice for their sake, is all the redemption these men need. The “bad dad” movie dads are nowhere near the worst dads. Do you want to see some really bad fathers? Here are the 10 worst movie dads of all time:
10. Darth Vader – The Star Wars Saga
Why Is He So Bad: Here is the truth, I can forgive abandonment, trying to turn your son evil, threatening to kill your daughter if your son doesn’t turn evil, revealing you are your son’s father after trying to kill him a whole bunch of times and all the rest of the Vader stuff from the original 3 movies. What I can’t forgive? Whiny Anakin. In the end Vader’s saving grace as a father isn’t that he kills the Emperor, it is that by believing the Emperor when he is told his wife and unborn kids are dead he unwittingly gives Luke and Leia a much better and less annoying childhood than Anakin Skywalker could have ever provided him.
9. Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfus) – What About Bob?
Why Is He So Bad: I am a therapist and my family is miserable, and I don’t care. My patients are miserable and I don’t care. One of my patients suddenly shows up and somehow starts to make my family happy and I try to kill him. I don’t know if it was method acting but apparently Dreyfus was such a jerk on set that Bill Murray truly and deeply despised him, just like anyone who watches the movie feels about his obnoxious Dr. Leo Marvin.
8. Lt. Col. “Bull” Meechum (Robert Duvall) – The Great Santini
Why Is He So Bad: Well, his teenage son beats him for the first time in a game of one-on-one and he proceeds to try to goad his son into a rematch by throwing the basketball at his son’s head and calling him a “mommas boy” and when his wife tries to interject herself into the situation old “Bull” says “who the Hell asked you anything?” and slaps his wife in front of his children. And, he is, in the end, supposed to be a semi-sympathetic character. Even more surprising is that Duvall is so good he actually pulls it off.
7. Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) – Mrs. Doubtfire
Why Is He So Bad: Let’s leave aside the whole “dressed up like a woman to fool your wife, guaranteeing that your son is destined to be the most screwed up high school student in San Francisco” thing. How about from the beginning of the film to the end pathologically undermining the spouse who is being responsible and caring for the kids, making her seem like the “stick in the mud” while you get to be fun and goofy, what do you suppose that is teaching the kids? Watch the movie again sometime and you will see that Daniel Hillard is a horrible person and parent. Scott Beale sent me this video of Mrs. Doubtfire as a horror movie:
Mrs. Doubtfire (Recut) from Peter Javidpour on Vimeo.
|At Least He Doesn’t Kill Anyone|
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