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The 10 Worst Movie Fathers Ever

Who doesn’t love dads? Hollywood, that’s who.

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James Jay Carafano

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June 10, 2014 - 1:30 pm
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The movies have given us some of the most hateful, horrible paternal role models imaginable. Here are 10 films well worth watching—but not on Father’s Day.

#10: The Mask of Fu Manchu 

The evil protagonist in a series of Sax Rohmer novels is perhaps fiction’s greatest bad dad that no one remembers.  The East’s arch evildoer and his despicable daughter appeared in a number of film adaptations over the years.  This 1931 film is easily one of the best, as the deadly pair races against British intelligence in the quest for the source of ultimate power: the mask and sword of Genghis Khan. Come on! What kind of respectable father teaches his daughter that conquering the world is cool?  At the time, the film proved controversial.  The Chinese government complained the film conveyed a hostile depiction of Asians. They had a point. During the film, Fu Manchu commands: “Kill the white man and take his women!”

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The Step Father
Jango Fett
18 weeks ago
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Where does Vito Corleone belong? Good list or bad list?
18 weeks ago
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I am going to add the most recent abomination: Maleficent. Not only did they take Maleficent and turn her into a victim & the hero - but they took "Good King Stephan (as he was called in the Disney version) who is Aurora's father, and made HIM the evil one. And there is not one redeeming quality about him. An absolute disgrace.
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Unfortunately, revisionist fairy tales are all the rage in HWood. Sci-fi/fantasy geeks love 'em. Feminists love 'em. So for the time being, we're stuck with 'em.

The common theme: Traditional characters who are evil and female weren't "really" evil. They were powerful, independent women, but the Patriarchy felt threatened and so it cast them as evil witches, stepmothers, gorgons, Liliths, and other undesirable characters. The male characters are the true villains, if only we would look at the fairy tales through unbiased eyes.
18 weeks ago
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How could the author forget!

The worst movie father has to be:

The Devil Himself, in "Rosemary's Baby."
18 weeks ago
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10 movies with positive portrayals of dads

1) Every Pixar Movie(apart from Cars etc) - literally in, for example, Finding Nemo; figuratively in Toy Story. Also the Ice Age movies.

2) The recent Star Trek movies: both Kirk senior and Cmdr Pike

3) The Road (Dad does a marvelous job in trying circumstances)

4) Godfather II (admittedly not all of the dads)

5) Donnie Darko (warm, understanding, and a Republican: clearly a work of fiction)

6) Inception (Maybe a good dad; went to an awful lot of trouble to finally get back to his kids.....OR DID HE?)

7) Children of Men (again: a father doing a marvelous job in trying circumstances)

8) That Will 'n' Jayden Smith sci-fi movie with the fear-smelling monsters

9) of course! Three Men and a Baby and Mrs Doubtfire (really appallingly bad movies, but hey, it was the 80s)

10) Road to Perdition (bad man, grrrrrreat fatherl)

and your bonus 'great father movie' is...

10) *SPOILER ALERT* Return of the Jedi





18 weeks ago
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there is absolutely no mention of a dad of any kind in any of the toy story movies. free willy isn't dad, but a very good dad figure. homeward bound - and it's a step-father. the incredibles.
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In the Superman movies, both Jor-El (biological dad) and Jonathan Kent (foster dad) were portrayed positively. But I guess they had to, in order to be faithful to the Superman mythology.

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Anakin Skywalker
Adam Trask (Raymond Massey) East of Eden
both fathers in Rebel Without a Cause
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Denethor (John Noble) - The Return of the King (LOTR)
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"At Close Range". A crook father kills his own son in cold blood. Christopher Walken at his creepiest.
19 weeks ago
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I can see the point of making a list like this, but what's the deal with setting it so near Father's Day, and who are you trying to impress? Hollywood is not exactly known for being friendly to fatherhood.

You want a real challenge, try populating a list of the 10 best movie fathers ever, and see if you can do it using only movies made in color (no colorized black-and-white classics; that's cheating) specifically for an English-speaking audience (no dubbed anime from a family-friendly Japanese company; that's cheating). I'm sure you can do it, but I bet you'll have to dig a bit to find them.
19 weeks ago
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Maybe it's not an anti-father thing, but an anti-boredom thing. "All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

18 weeks ago
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Dwight Hansen as portrayed by Robert De Niro in "This Boy's Life".
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