With “Father’s Day” on its way, we reflect on how wonderful our dad’s are and how much they’ve made an impact on our lives. But in the movies, fathers usually make an impact by being the best at being the worst parent you could ever imagine, and here they are, the greatest, terrible dad’s in film.
#5 Clark Griswold (The National Lampoon Vacation series)
Here’s a dad who’s such a filthy, dirty, A-whole and yet so likeable in his naivety, all he really wants is to treat his family to the perfect vacation but when countless things go wrong, he’ll sink to any lows to give his family the best vacation ever, whether it’s holding security guard hostage or tying his disseat aunt to the top of his van. Sometimes he’ll be an all loving father, thinking of nothing but his family, than other times he’s flirting with hot chicks even though he’s married, gets angry and flips out delivering the biggest breakdown monolog’s of all time. He can’t even have a heartfelt talk with his son without a can beer and getting his son drunk. Congratulations Clark, you’re a perfect terrible dad for this list.
#4 Homer Simpson (The Simpsons Movie)
Give Clark Griswold some credit, he’s at least making an effort to be a good dad, with Homer on the other hand, he really is the trashiest, all American dad you could ask for. Playing cruel pranks and dares on his son, neglecting his family and dooming his entire home town with an act of pollution. But he does save the day in the end, and no matter what terrible and self centered things he may continue to do, it’s still pretty hard not to laugh along with Homer Simpson. We love despising you Homer, we all do.
#3 Jack Torrance (The Shining)
Here’s Jonny, on our list of terrible dad’s. This pore dad was once a loving and caring dad, but after months of staying out in an empty hotel with nothing else to do, he gradually lost his sanity and went on a violent obsession to try and kill his son. Thankfully, the family all got away leavening pore Jack frozen in the snow. While he didn’t kill any of his family members, he did leave an unforgettable impression as cinemas most frightening and screw loose father. Plus, give it up for Jack Nicholson, this has to be one of his greatest performances ever because he succeeds at being so terrifying and so insanely entertaining all at once.
#2 Darth Vader (The Star Wars Trilogy)
If I suddenly learned that my father was an evil ruler that dominates everything good in the universe, I’d be just as upset as Luke Skywalker, but if suddenly learned that my dad was Darth Vader, I’d be like, dude, that’s awesome, why because he’s just one of the coolest and greatest villains in all of media. I don’t even need to explain why Darth Vader is awesome, everyone knows it. So as you’d expect this list just wouldn’t be complete without him.
#1 Clarence Day (Life With Father)
You know he has to be number one, especially when the entire movie is just the life of this family and how they live with this bossy, self centered and bad tempered dad. He tries to be respectful and dignified, yet he causes family arguments over the simplest little things, gets his wife mentally sick, refuses to be baptized and unintentionally get’s most of his hand maids fired because of the silliest of misunderstandings. I often find myself watching this film a lot on Father’s Day, and why not. It’s just an old fashioned comedy about an honest and loving father who’s just a real thorn in every ones side.
Happy Father’s Day!