Father’s Day, Day of the Dad, the day during which we celebrate those who fulfill their Daddingly Duties! One of the most sacred of daddingly duties is the passing on of life lessons and wisdom to the offspring. Alas, as someone with neither wisdom nor the good fortune to be on the plus-side of life’s lessons, I often look to the wisdom of others or when that fails to the movies.
Yes, the wisdom of movies runs deep and they have much to teach: ET’s lesson of compassion, Rocky’s determination, and John McClane’s lesson to never take your shoes off at a fancy party in the original Die Hard.
In honor of Father’s Day, I’ve gathered some of the important – mostly – daddingly lessons that I’ve learned from the movies.
Some of the movies are just for dad, some are for the whole family, but all of them have something to teach.
Star Wars: A New Hope – Always Google someone before you kiss them… especially if you’re adopted.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Erin Brockovich – A strong, determined woman can do anything.
Thelma and Louise – Never let Susan Sarandon drive.
The Crying Game – Things aren’t always what they seem.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – “If you’re going to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”
Top Gun – Don’t let your ego write checks your body can’t cash.
Frozen – Never get engaged so some jackass you just met. (My youngest daughter’s favorite lesson)
The Karate Kid – “First learn stand. Then learn fly.”
Jungle Book – “Look for the Bare Necessities”
Finding Nemo – “Just keep swimming.”
Mary Poppins – “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
Shrek – Never piss off a 400 pound green dude.
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – Never piss off a 40 pound green dude.
What lessons have you learned from the movies that you intend to pass on?