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This Father’s Day, settle in with some great movies that depict father-child relationships in fascinating ways.
Father’s Day is just around the corner. Protectors, cheerleaders, seekers and inspirations, these special guardians and figures are pivotal in our lives. To stoke up warm fuzzy feelings and get a glimpse of just how important, influential and inextricable dads – and dad-figures – can be, take a tour of this selection of father-themed films now streaming on Showmax.
Christopher Nolan (Inception) is trying to set the gold standard for ultimate genre films. Dealing with black holes and time travel, Interstellar aims for scientific accuracy over screenwriting fancy as in 2001: A Space Odyssey. While this surreal dystopian sci-fi adventure centres on a mesmerising expedition to find a new home for humanity, its emotional core is built on fathers and daughters.
Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain, Joseph Cooper and his daughter Murphy essentially reverse roles as she becomes his protector. Becoming a Plan A scientist at NASA during her father’s voyage on Endurance, it’s Murph who becomes mission critical.
- IMDb: 7.5/10
- RT: 72%
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) is quite possibly the darkest horse. Overshadowed by his brother’s accolades, Casey trades on this underdog ticket, taking on the role of writer-director and star opposite Anna Pniowsky as his daughter Rag. The thought-provoking story picks up in the aftermath of a pandemic that wiped out most of earth’s female population, as a father disguises his daughter as a son in order to protect her.
Light of My Life immerses us in a fierce world where ruthless bandits are hunting the last remaining females. The two race across British Columbia, desperate to stay ahead of these bad men.
- IMDb: 6.6/10
- RT: 82%
Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning are an unusual screen pairing but have palpable chemistry as father and daughter in The Roads Not Taken. Directed by Sally Potter, this heartrending coming-of-age drama grapples with a man whose mind has become a labyrinth of alternate lives following the onset of dementia.
Set over the course of a day in New York City, Leo and his daughter Molly struggle to get through their to-do list owing to his mental disability. A well-acted and evocative drama, The Roads Not Taken toys with the role reversal of a father becoming dependent on his estranged daughter.
- IMDb: 5.2/10
- RT: 43%
How far would a father go to get his daughter back? Denis Villeneuve’s dark and stormy thriller, Prisoners, attempts to answer this soul-searching question. The story centres on the abduction of two girls in Pennsylvania and the ensuing police investigation and manhunt to bring them home safely.
Prisoners stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch), who lead a stellar film of impassioned performances as a detective traces a series of clues and a father takes the law into his own hands. A nightmare for parents, it soon becomes a nightmare for the primary suspect in this see-sawing and suspenseful ethical drama.
- IMDb: 8.1/10
- RT: 81%
This touching music biopic was inspired by the bestselling Christian single of all-time of the same name by MercyMe. The song relates to Bart Millard’s upbringing and difficult relationship with his father, which becomes the focal point in I Can Only Imagine. The chronicle moves through his school years, struggling to win his father’s approval, suffering a football injury and discovering his talent for music.
J. Michael Finley and Dennis Quaid (A Dog’s Journey) deliver full-range performances in this well-crafted and inspiring drama. Wrestling with tough love, I Can Only Imagine relays a powerful true father-son story through rousing music and earnest screenwriting.
- IMDb: 7.3/10
- RT: 63%
Vince Vaughn is the big, fast-talking, lover of life and spinner of yarns. In Delivery Man, the Wedding Crashers star plays a slacker and sperm donor who discovers his prized seed has made him a biological father to 533 kids, 142 of whom have launched a lawsuit to reveal his true identity.
David attempts to meet some of the claimants by way of leaked profiles, performing random acts of kindness. Delivery Man is a remake of French-Candian comedy Starbuck, and a fun exploration of what it means to be a father in this modern age as David struggles to get his own life together.
- IMDb: 6.4/10
- RT: 40%
There comes a certain point in a wrestler-turned-actor’s life when they must play an over-sized childminder. Luckily for Dave Bautista (Escape Plan: The Extractors), he landed one of the better ones, playing a former US special forces soldier turned CIA agent known as JJ. This delightful spy comedy is directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart) and follows an operative’s struggle to appease a precocious 9-year-old.
Starring opposite young Chloe Coleman and supported by Ken Jeong and Kristen Schaal, My Spy has a playful zest, allowing Bautista to lampoon his rogue action star type as a father figure to reboot a career largely defined by Drax the Destroyer.
- IMDb: 6.3/10
- RT: 48%
Just when Sly Stallone started running out of ways to reboot Rambo and Rocky, along comes Rocky sequel and spin-off sports drama Creed: Rocky’s Legacy. Following Apollo Creed’s son Adonis or “Donnie”, we chart his rise to boxing stardom from exiting a youth detention facility to seeking the guidance of his father’s rival and former heavyweight champ, Rocky Balboa.
Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone headline this entertaining, uplifting and powerful boxing drama under Ryan Coogler’s inspired direction. Channeling Rocky’s underdog spirit and a modern swagger, this is a rousing tale about long-lost fathers, father figures and mentors.
- IMDb: 7.6/10
- RT: 95%
What do you get when you cross Into the Wild with Little Miss Sunshine? As if the filmmakers were aspiring to answer this question, we now have the quirky comedy drama Captain Fantastic. The film tracks a father and his children who are forced to emerge from their decade-long isolation in the Washington wilderness. Father-of-six and modern day Robinson Crusoe Ben Cash makes it his duty to instill his offspring with survivalist skills and left-wing politics.
This back-to-nature comedy drama stars Viggo Mortensen in one of his best performances to date. Offering a near-alien perspective on Western culture, this wildly entertaining film is compelling and thought-provoking.
- IMDb: 7.9/10
- RT: 82%
Ben Stiller is a funny fall guy, whose most memorable roles involve him dodging humiliation, his father-in-law, dinosaurs or reality in Along Came Polly, Meet the Parents, Night at the Museum or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Now struggling with his social status in comparison with his wealthy and successful old buddies, Stiller takes on a more relatable role as a father in Brad’s Status.
Stiller stars opposite Austin Abrams as his musically-gifted son Troy in this funny and touching comedy drama. Entertaining his envy on a nostalgic road trip to visit prospective colleges, Brad slowly unlocks his insecurity, realising that there’s so much more to life than money.
- IMDb: 6.6/10
- RT: 79%
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Eraser) in a flesh-eating zombie movie? While you’d expect something frenzied in the coagulated vein of Resident Evil, Maggie is a tense post-apocalyptic horror drama. Starring opposite Abigail Breslin, the story picks up in the aftermath of a pandemic when Maggie contacts her dad, Wade, to let him know she’s been bitten.
Deciding to care for Maggie in the days leading to her cannibalistic turn due to the Necroambulist virus, this thoughtful drama immerses us in the ethical quagmire of a father’s final goodbye. Maggie features surprisingly strong performances with a refreshingly dramatic and touching role for Schwarzenegger.
- IMDb: 5.6/10
- RT: 60%