It’s Father’s Day again, and with it come the time-honored rituals: calling the old man, feeling guilty for not making it home more often, etc. But let’s face it: not all dads are beacons of integrity. Some are crotchety; some fiendish; some can shrink you to the size of a Cheerio. With that in mind, we’re turning the spotlight on cinematic father figures with significant character flaws. We invite you to come visit the pantheon of problematic patriarchs—and bring your dad if he’s free. Maybe afterward you’ll be more forgiving of his awful jokes.
An inventor (Rick Moranis) shrinks his children to ant-size and accidentally strands them in the backyard in this franchise-spawning family adventure.
Wes Anderson’s stylized mosaic of comic dysfunction revolves around a reprobate patriarch (Gene Hackman) and the neurotic offspring he abandoned long ago.
A man is so desirous of the perfect family that he’s willing to kill for it in this Reagan-era domestic thriller, anchored by a riveting Terry O’Quinn.
The Firm meets Rosemary’s Baby as a hotshot attorney is wooed by a New York firm whose senior partner (a ripsnorting Al Pacino) may have diabolical plans for him.