Happy Father’s Day: 5 Movies That Celebrate Dad

1. 3 Men and a Baby3menandababy: Nothing says. “Happy Father’s Day” quite like making someone an instant father. And, in this ’80s classic, those three men, (Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, and Tom Selleck) have to take care of a baby girl who was left on their doorstep.

2. Father of the Bri2fatherofthebridepartIIde: Part II: This may be the one and  only case where I actually enjoyed a sequel more than the original. It’s cheesy, I know, but Steve Martin, Diane Keeton, and Martin Short help make this movie one to watch on Father’s Day. Plus, it’s a double dose of Father-ness. Check out the pill-popping scene.

3manofthehouse3. Man of the House (1995): In a distant land, many many years ago, I had a crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JTT for those who really kissed their Tiger Beat posters at night) and this was my favorite movie of his (other than The Lion King, of course.) Chevy Chase plays the stepfather who wants to connect with his stepson, but JTT wants none of that. This hysterical Disney movie also features Farrah Fawcett, and a slew of ’90s character actors.

4PaperMoon 4. Paper Moon (1973): Since Tatum O’Neal won an Oscar for her portrayal of Addie Loggins at the age of 11, no one has been able to beat her, and for good reason. Acting alongside her real-life father in this ’70s classic, the O’Neal clan team up as a father (maybe, maybe not?) daughter con-artist duo during the Great Depression.

5thegodfather5. The Godfather (I & II): It’s darn near impossible for me to make this list without these movies. While I’ve mentioned these two before, they hold a special place in my heart for being a movie that my father, grandfather, and I would watch together. I also put both parts 1 & 2 in one category because it seems like you can’t have one without the other. And, much like fatherhood, you can’t have one without the other.

The First Wives Club: Divorce, Revenge, and a New Book That Teaches You How to Get Along with Your Ex

Divorce. It’s not exactly a happy subject. However, it’s become the subject of numerous television shows and popular movies. Previously blogged about, The First Wives Club (1996) one of my movies that makes me smile: Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.– IMDb. It’s one of the funniest movies about divorce ever. Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, the three actresses are geniuses at comedy,  and when combined, one of the funniest movies comes to light. Plus, the ex husbands aren’t too shabby either; character actors, Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, and Stephen Collins round out the husband cast. Oh yeah, it has Maggie Smith in the mix as well, playing a wealthy divorcee who helps them with their plan. Elizabeth Berkley makes an appearance post-Showgirls, that helped revitalize her image again too.  Revenge has always been the topic of several movies, both comedy and drama. Revenge and divorce seem like the perfect combo. It always has to do with exes not getting along. Always.

There is a new book on the market by Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD. entitled Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids, and Yes, Your Ex. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Rabinor is a therapist who has been practicing for the past three decades. Maybe she should have counseled the main characters in The First Wives Club. It might have helped the women deal with their resentment issues and make it better for the children involved, especially Bette Midler’s character. If you are dealing with a divorce or separation, her book would be good to read. Maybe we can go back to 1996 and super-impose her book into the movie. It could have helped with all the revenge plots.  Her book is available on Amazon and is worth the read. Follow her on Twitter:

And now for one for the revenge scenes. Again, they could have used some serious therapy. Good thing it’s a comedy:

Think Happy Thoughts: Movies That Make Me Smile

Certain movies can make turn any frown upside down. In light of Reese Witherspoon’s recent DUI arrest, maybe she should watch Pleasantville or Legally Blonde to help her get through her legal woes. Here’s a list of movies that always put a smile on my face and are worth checking out to help kick off your weekend with a smile of your own.

  1. Babe (1995) Poster Babe (1995): Pigs, especially talking pigs, are adorable. Plus, it has one of the best lines in movie history, ” That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”
  2. Amélie (2001) PosterAmélie (2001): It’s French, it’s fabulous, and it ALWAYS puts a smile on my face. Visually stunning too.
  3. Clue (1985) PosterClue (1985): I could watch this movie all day. In fact, I have watched this movie all day on several occasions just to watch the three endings the way they were meant to be seen. It’s also one of the funniest movie ensembles ever with Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, and the late Madeline Kahn at its helm. Kahn also delivers one of the best improvised monologues I’ve ever seen.
  4. Pretty Woman (1990) PosterPretty Woman (1990): Who wouldn’t want to have an endless supply of pizza while they go on a shopping spree? And bag Richard Gere (from his glory days) in the process? I also wanted to give those salesgirls a piece of my mind.
  5. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) PosterRomy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997): Success is the best form of revenge. Too bad they had to make most of it up. But it’s hysterical in the process. Plus, I really want to know WHO actually invented Post-Its. And, there’s the kick-ass dance number with Alan Cumming, Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino.
  6. Noises Off... (1992) PosterNoises Off… (1992): Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Carol Burnett & Michael Caine in ONE movie. And it has constantly made me laugh every time I watch it. If you’re involved in theater, or have seen the play, it’s definitely worth checking out.
  7. The Philadelphia Story (1940) PosterThe Philadelphia Story  (1940): It’s one of the best movies ever, with three of the biggest stars ever.. It’s classic. And Katharine Hepburn has a scene where she gets drunk. It’s hysterical.
  8. Barefoot in the Park (1967) PosterBarefoot in the Park (1967): Neil Simon’s classic play adapted for the screen in one of the funniest movies about becoming a newlywed.
  9. Nine Months (1995) PosterNine Months (1995): Joan Cusack, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Hugh Grant and a hysterical performance by Robin Williams. The miracle of life gets funny, especially when Julianne Moore’s character goes into labor.
  10. The First Wives Club (1996) PosterThe First Wives Club (1996): Jennifer Lawrence got her “I beat Meryl” line FROM this movie. And it’s hysterical. Divorced women seeking revenge is ACTUALLY FUNNY in this case.