This weekend isn't just for any lazy day at the movies, its Father's Day Weekend! With a plethora of films to take dad to, here are my three picks for the movies dad will love most.
For the 'World's Funniest Dads': "Central Intelligence"
Promotion for this movie has been all over social media, due to the large presence of its equally large star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (let's face it, we all follow him on Instagram). The film pairs Johnson with arguably one of the biggest names in comedy, Kevin Hart, a godsend for the film's marketing department, who were able to launch the film with the tagline "Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson" (referring 100% to the film's stars).Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who brought us the 2004 comedy classic "DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story" and 2013's surprise hit "We're the Millers," "Central Intelligence" has a strong comedic pedigree behind it. It might not go down in history as a comedy classic (but who knows, only time will tell) but it may just be charming enough (and filled with enough dad jokes) to make it a strong bonding moment for the dad who has a quip for every moment.
For the "World's Most Nostalgic Dads": "Finding Dory"
It's been thirteen years (yes you read that correctly, THIRTEEN YEARS) since Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) searched the deep blue sea in search of Marlin's young son, Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould in the original, now voiced by young actor Hayden Rolence). "Finding Dory" brings sidefish turned leading fish Dory into the limelight, as she searches for her family after remembering fragments of memories (all alone in the moonlight) (#sorrynotsorry) from her past. Dory's memory loss was one of the (heartbreaking) highlights of "Finding Nemo" (along with the fact that Dory can speak whale, and convinced us all for a time that we all could do the same), and this go around looks to explore that concept even further (The memory loss, although lets hope for another whale speak scene). "Finding Nemo" was a smash hit for Disney and Pixar when it came out in 2003, and "Finding Dory" looks to be on track to do just as well as its predecessor, earning $9.2 million dollars Thursday night, a record for animated films. "Finding Dory" is sure to please fans of all ages, but may hold a special place in dad's heart as he remembers the days when he took you to movies, not the other way around.
For the Dads who call "Die Hard" a Christmas movie: "The Nice Guys"
Full disclosure, this movie has been in theaters since mid May, but if you haven't caught the Ryan Gosling/Russell Crowe buddy P.I. flick, Father's Day is the perfect opportunity to correct that cinematic injustice. Co-written and directed by Shane Black, the man who gave us action classics like "Lethal Weapon," "The Long Kiss Goodnight", and "The Last Boy Scout" (and who also wrote and directed 2005's criminally underrated "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") The Nice Guys follows Gosling and Crowe as they search for a missing girl in 1970's Los Angeles. Black's signature film noir feel is on full display, with DEEPLY flawed main characters interacting with even worse people in a decaying and dirty city (Los Angeles was not the city we all know and love, and the terrible air quality of 1970's serve as the backdrop for the film's plot). This is an extremely raunchy film that makes sure it earns it's R rating, but underneath all of the grime, booze and smell of stale cigarettes, it's a film about loss, redemption, and family connections in an era of change. This is a film that all action movie buffs will enjoy, and it will have you and dad leaving the theater with the car windows rolled down, blaring that old Boston CD dad keeps in the glove box for just such an occasion.
Box office figures provided by boxofficemojo.com.
Do you have a favorite movie that you love to watch with dad? Share your picks in the comments below.