MEDIA RELEASE: Friday September 4, 2020

Celebrate Father’s Day this weekend with
some of the greatest movie dads ever

If you can’t hang out with dad this weekend, why not celebrate Father’s Day with one of your favourite big-screen dads instead. Foxtel has pulled together a Greatest Movie Dads collection to honour the special day – here are ten of the best.

Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire, an eccentric British nanny, is played by the beloved Robin Williams in this hilarious but heartfelt tale of just how far a father will go to care for his children.

Parenthood
An all-star cast (Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Weist) makes for a very funny and very moving film the highs (home runs! birthday parties) and lows (deadbeat dads, learning differences) that are part and parcel with raising kids.

Instant Family
Warm-hearted and wonderfully candid about the challenges of parenthood, Instant Family stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as new foster parents who find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight, and must hilariously learn the ropes of instant parenthood if they hope to become a real family.

John Q .
How far are you willing to go for your children? Played by Denzel Washington, John Quincy, in an attempt to save his son who needs a life-saving heart transplant, takes a hospital emergency room hostage after finding out his insurance won’t cover the costs.

The Simpsons Movie
He’s not exactly a role model but he’s still TV’s most famous dad! In this feature length film, after Homer accidentally pollutes the town’s water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpsons family are declared fugitives.

Cheaper By The Dozen
If you think your dad is stressed out, imagine how he’d act if he had 12 kids! Steve Martin will give you a glimpse of that lifestyle as he plays the head of an unusually large household in this comedy. As his character struggles to juggle his family and his career, it becomes clear which matters more in the end.

Taken
Liam Neeson stars as a former spy who will stop at nothing to rescue his teenage daughter after she’s kidnapped in Paris. Using his “very particular set of skills” and fuelled by the love only a father could understand, he travels across the country to save his little girl’s life – before it’s too late.

National Lampoon’s Vacation
Chevy Chase is back (and annoying his kids more than ever) in this all-American classic that follows the family on a road trip to Wally World. Naturally, they run into a few obstacles along the way –
and it’s nothing short of hilarious.

Juno
Juno boasts one of indie cinema’s greatest dads, with J.K. Simmons as Mac MacGuff – a father who knows how to own his mistakes and lend support anyway, despite the tricky business of finding common ground with his teenage daughter who unexpectedly falls pregnant.

Jersey Girl
An hilarious and touching film about what it means to be a father and how complicated the father-child relationship can get. When Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck), loses his wife suddenly during childbirth, he moves back to Jersey to live with his own dad (played by a hilarious George Carlin), gets a job as a garbage man, and raises his daughter there.

-Brad