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Best Movies to Watch with Your Dad (or Son)

We’re wrapping up Father’s Day Week here on the TravisMathew blog by bringing you our favorite flicks to watch while spending a few hours with dad (or your son) this weekend. From the funny to the sentimental, we have the movie for you for this Father’s Day weekend. Just a heads up, minor spoilers ahead.



The Godfather

The iconic Corleone family plays a huge role in the Francis Ford Coppola blockbuster and throughout the entire film series. The nice thing to take away from watching this mafia classic is no matter how messed up you think your family is, it’s nothing like the dynamic between father Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and children Michael (Al Pacino), Sonny (James Caan), Fredo (John Cazale), Connie (Talia Shire) and “adopted” son Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall). Just be prepared to set aside six hours because after watching the original, you’ll want to jump right into the equally, if not better, The Godfather Part II. And don’t even both firing up the disgrace that is The Godfather Part III. #nepotism



Field of Dreams

There’s two people in this world: Those who cry at the end of Field of Dreams and those who don’t. Just to let you know where we stand, you best believe a box of Kleenex is in arm’s reach before the final scene plays out. Take the opportunity to spend a few hours with your dad or son² to watch this sentimental yet fun film and if time allows, go ahead and have that game of catch, too.



The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums is about a father trying to rally his family together before he dies, but what happens throughout his efforts is pure comedy, mostly because he’s not really dying. We here at TravisMathew are big fans of director Wes Anderson’s work³, from his casting choices to British Invasion and classic rock soundtracks to witty, quotable dialogue, so we suggest watching this one with Pops, then jump into the rest of the Anderson library afterwards. In the words of the patriarchal Royal Tenenbaum, “Anybody interested in grabbing a couple burgers and hittin’ the cemetery?”



Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

If you haven’t noticed, Star Wars is back, and in a big way. What better to re-live one of the originals with your dad, who probably took you to see it when it first came out in 1980 or watch it with your son(s) as they experience the new Star Wars universe⁴. The eternal battle and struggle between father and son resonates with everyone, even in galaxies far, far away.



Big Fish

While the plot is familiar (“estranged son reconciles with dying father”), the visual tale done so well by director Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland) is worth watching with any friend or family -member. The fairy tale-like-adventures you are a part of during this movie will leave you both laughing and crying and in the end, a valuable, heartfelt lesson is learned.


Honorable mention:(He Got Game, Finding Nemo, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Frequency, My Life)

1. Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be Fredos.
2. Although the main connection in Field of Dreams is between father and son, Costner’s love for his daughter (and wife) are not forgotten as he tries to keep the family farm out of the hands of their bank.
3. Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Moonrise Kingdom…how do you pick a favorite?
4. Damn you, George Lucas, for bringing us Jar Jar Binks.
5. Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor are one of the most convincing old/young character likenesses in movie history.

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