Monday, June 17, 2013

5 Movie Dads Who Rock (Of The Day)

One last nod to Father's Day from The Daily Beast.

Damon Macready (Nicolas Cage)—or “Big Daddy”—is a former NYPD detective turned vigilante hero. He dresses up in a Batman-like suit and fights crime alongside his 11-year-old ass-kicking daughter, Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), whom he’s been training since she was a child to be a crime-fighting hero. In one scene, he teaches her not to be afraid of guns by putting a bulletproof vest on her and shooting her several times in the chest. In exchange, Hit Girl gets some ice cream.

Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a former CIA operative who quit his job with the agency to be closer to his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). When Kim is kidnapped during a trip to Paris, Mills immediately flies over on a redeye and goes on a neck-snapping, electrocuting revenge rampage in search of his lost child. In addition to his hand-to-hand combat skills and expert gunplay, Mills also has the world’s biggest pop star on speed dial, ever since he saved her life during a bizarre backstage assassination attempt.

In John Singleton’s 1991 film, after getting in a fight at school, Tre Styles’ (Cuba Gooding Jr.) mother sends him to live with his father, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne), in South Central Los Angeles. The night Tre arrives, Furious—a Vietnam vet—shoots at a burglar. Later on, he dispenses valuable advice to his son. “Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children,” he says. With Furious’ guidance and tough love, Tre grows into a college-bound young man who holds down a job at the local mall. When Tre gets caught in the middle of a gang war between the Crips and Bloods, Furious talks him out of getting involved.

Okay, so French hitman Leon (Jean Reno) isn’t Matilda’s (Natalie Portman) biological father. But after her entire family is killed by a corrupt cop (Gary Oldman) and his gang of thugs, he takes her in, saving her life, and teaches her how to become “a cleaner” (an assassin). He's like the father she never had, since her former one was a scumbag who treated her like dirt. Later on, he’ll rescue her from the clutches of the aforementioned pill-popping cop at a police station, and eventually sacrifice his life for hers.

In the romantic comedy Easy A, Olive (Emma Stone) is a cerebral high schooler who decides to start accepting money from nerds at the school in exchange for saying they’ve slept with her—thereby upping their social standing. Despite rumors spreading that his daughter is a harlot, Dill (Stanley Tucci) has complete and utter faith in her, no matter what. He’s also witty and hilariously sarcastic. “I’d take a bullet for you, you know that,” he says. “Right between the eyes. I would slit my throat rather than say something to someone that you didn’t want me to say!”

(More here. The original list is 13 dads)


  1. I love Stanley Tucci! he can be my Daddy any day. ;)

  2. Liam. Neeson. I would consider getting kidnapped if I thought he would rescue me. :)

  3. I love the movie The Professional! And yes, Liam Neeson doesn't know who I am but he will find me. In bed. Waiting.

  4. I think I'd need a whole lot of ice cream to make up for being shot in the chest even if I were wearing a bullet-proof vest! HA!

    I hope you had a nice Father's Day, Cary!



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