The Best Dad Movies to Watch on Father’s Day

Best Dad Movies for Father's Day
(Universal Pictures/Paramount/Warner Bros/20th Century Fox/)

Father’s day is upon us so we’ve been thinking about our favorite movies about fatherhood. These are all great options for the big day, even if you’ve seen them before, and if you haven’t, right that wrong immediately! We’ve even sorted them into categories for you. 

Comedy

Parenthood

(4to40)

Perhaps an obvious one to start with but it remains an entertaining and humorous look at the ups and downs of parenting. A fantastic cast too: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, and Joaquin Phoenix showing just what a fine actor he was.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Youtube

Mr. Mom

(Meta critic)

After losing his job, Michael Keaton becomes a stay-at-home Dad, a role he belatedly realizes is the hardest job there is. Ok, maybe except rocket scientist. Or brain surgery. Anyway, the plot may be predictable but this could have been trite and forgettable – but John Hughes’s script is excellent and Keaton shines, resulting in a great, funny, and very quotable family movie.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

3 Men and a Baby

(Metro)

Imagine a very different nativity and you basically have the plot of this movie – a baby miraculously appears surrounded by 3 unwise men. Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson’s bachelor-lifestyle is turned upside down when they suddenly have to raise a baby girl between them; essentially, it could have been called Clueless. As it was the 80s, it naturally involves a car chase, an odd subplot about drug smuggling, and a dubious mustache. But it’s entertaining and fun, and a nice ode to the joys of fatherhood. 

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Vacation 

(Warner Bros)

Dads don’t get much dadder than Clark Griswold. The goofy demeanor, the khaki shorts, the elbow protruding from their station wagon’s driver side window. This is a man hellbent on showing his family a good time, one who’ll stop at nothing short of punching an anthropomorphic moose in the nose to make that happen. All hail Poppa Grizz. 

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Father of the Bride 

(Buena Vista)

It’s tough watching your kids grow up, and there’s no greater gut-punch reality check in that regard than watching them fall in love. Anyone who’s ever been involved in a wedding will quickly identify with George Banks’ compounding frustrations here. Martin Short delivers one of the most memorable performances of his career as Franck Eggelhoffer, the flamboyant, potentially unhinged wedding planner. A super funny and touching flick.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Mrs. Doubtfire

(20th Century Fox)

Sure, we all love our kids. But do we “moonlight as a British nanny to circumvent a custody ruling” love them? Daniel Hillard certainly does. It is so fun watching Robin Williams leaf through his Rolodex of silly voices, slyly antagonize Pierce Brosnan, and extinguish the all-too-common rubber boob fire. 

Where to watch: Stream on HBO Max

Big Daddy

(Sony Pictures)

Big Daddy is a hilarious, heartwarming reminder that fatherhood truly transcends biology. Anyone can be a dad, whether you filmed the childbirth, cut through the red tape of adoption, or simply misrepresented yourself to a social worker so that you could teach a kid with the self-applied nickname “Frankenstein” to hock viscous loogies and injure rollerbladers. We salute you, Sonny Koufax.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Daddy’s Home

(The National)

A great watch with older children, with Will Ferrell inserting his unique humor into a family movie. Mark Wahlberg is excellent too, and his chemistry with Ferrell (first seen together in The Other Guys) is perfect here, as they both battle it out to discover who is the best dad in a blended family. Undemanding, feel-good fun.

Where to watch: Rent on Youtube

Animated

Finding Nemo

(Salesforce)

Perhaps the best movie about fatherhood you can watch with young kids. Let’s quickly gloss over the fact that Marlin loses Nemo in the first place, and focus on the dedication of a father finding his son. He might only be a fish but Marlin’s love for his son really resonates, and it’s a whole lot of fun along the way too.

Where to watch: Disney+

The Lion King

(Wallpaper cave)

Last year’s remake was good, but I prefer the 1994 classic. A lion cub prince is tricked into running away by his treacherous uncle, but it’s this very act that allows him to learn his identity and responsibilities. Featuring classic songs, and in many ways, it’s a classic coming of age story, with lots of roar emotion. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. R.I.P. Mufasa

Where to Watch: Disney+

Drama

To Kill a Mockingbird

(Hollywood Reporter)

Widely regarded as one of the all-time great movies, based on the iconic novel by Harper Lee. Expertly dealing with difficult and complex issues around racism and prejudice, mostly from a child’s perspective, it feels even more relevant today. Timeless, compelling, and unmissable. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The Godfather 

(Paramount Pictures)

Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece serves as a reminder to dads everywhere that, regardless of circumstance, whether it’s your daughter’s wedding day or you’re simply seeking ten minutes of solace on the toilet, someone’s bound to barge in and beg for favors at the most inconvenient times.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

The Pursuit of Happyness

(Allocine)

An emotional story about a father looking after his son as one hardship happens after another. Based on a true story, and with Will Smith alongside his real-life son Jaden Smith, it’s a powerful and uplifting movie, and the ending might make you cry. I didn’t. I just had something in my eye. For like, 5 minutes.

Where to watch: Netflix

It’s A Wonderful Life

(Doblu)

I know. It’s a Christmas movie. But some movies transcend the seasons. And if you’re looking for an inspiring, joyful movie about a devoted family man realizing what life would be like without him that happens to star Jimmy Stewart, this should be in your top one.

Where to watch: Rent on Youtube

Dad

(Play It Again Dan)

Spanning three generations, this father-son drama involves learning lessons about what it means to be a son and a father after they are suddenly brought back into each other’s lives and spend time together. A stellar cast – Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, and Ethan Hawke – give the poignant story real meaning and depth.

Where to watch: Rent on Youtube

Big Fish

(Now Very Bad)

Tim Burton can be an acquired taste but this might be his most accessible movie: it’s a captivating and heart-wrenching story of a son reconciling with his dying father, and trying to untangle fact from fiction after his father has told imaginative and fantasized stories about his life. A comedic and dramatic story about storytelling, it also intricately captures the impact your father has on you.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Action

Die Hard 

(20th Century Fox)

What can we say about Die Hard that hasn’t already been said, agreed with, and then obnoxiously pivoted towards a conversation about the legitimacy of a Christmas movie? Exciting, endlessly quotable, a master course in movie pyrotechnics. Iconic in every regard. There’s a reason we say “it’s Die Hard in a ____” to describe other movies. And every dad knows that when you try to spend a little time with your kids during the holidays, mayhem follows. We feel you John McClane. 

Where to watch: Stream on HBO Max

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

(Polygon)

All Indiana Jones movies could be classed as perfect Dad movies, and in some parts of the world, it’s probably illegal to say this is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark. So before I get arrested, this is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only because it is a perfect blend of escapism, adventure, and action (and comfortably the funniest Indy movie), the father-son rivalry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery is pitch-perfect.

Where to watch: Netflix

Logan

(Wired)

Wolverine’s previous standalone movies were fairly underwhelming, but for Huge Jackman’s final outing as the clawed and flawed superhero, this was a resounding triumph. Logan, now elderly and weary, belatedly discovers his fatherly instincts as he must get Laura, a mutant child mercilessly pursued by scientists, to safety. Epic, brutal, and emotional, this was a perfect send-off. 

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

No Escape

(Letterboxd)

You know what to expect from an Owen Wilson movie: broad humor, a wonky nose, and Vince Vaughn. But not in this one: it slipped under the radar a little, which is a shame because it is a tense, fraught, and compelling action thriller about a man protecting his family during a violent uprising. “Wow” indeed.

Where to watch: Netflix

Thriller

Catch Me If You Can

(Decider)

This is the fascinating and true tale of Frank Abagnale Jr., an incredible con artist (posing as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer), and the eager pursuit of him by the FBI agent played by Tom Hanks. All of Frank’s actions are motivated by his father, and the scenes with Christopher Walkin have genuine warmth. Frank’s relationship with the FBI agent, a classic game of cat and mouse, also evolves into something akin to father and son.

Where to watch: Netflix

Taken

(Thrillist)

I will look for you, I will find you and I will eat you. I was looking for a Twix but Liam Neeson copied my words when searching for his daughter after she was…well, taken. It’s a violent, unrelenting thriller, and it’s great to see a Dad doing anything for his family while being such a badass.

Where to watch: Starz

Sci-Fi

Return of the Jedi

Darth and Luke, Father Son
(Disney)

You’d have to have been frozen in carbonite not to have seen this movie but it rewards endless re-watches. It’s got the lot: Han and Leia reunited, Ewoks, Luke defeating the emperor, Darth finally taking his mask off just as we put ours on. And the final triumphant victory over the dark side, all while you sit on the couch like Jabba The Hut. Perfect.

Where to Watch: Disney+

Interstellar

(Empire)

Talk about Chis Nolan movies, and you think of ambitious themes, mind-bending plots, audacious action, and Michael Caine. And this one is no different, except at its heart, it’s all about fatherhood. Matthew McConaughey’s character’s relationship with his daughter involves exploring themes about fatherly sacrifice and a fear of disappointing his children.

And without getting too technical, there’s lots of cool space stuff too.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

About Time

(Nola)

I would guess if you’re thinking about a time travel movie about parents, the obvious choice would be Back To The Future. This smaller, personal story though is a nice tribute to fatherhood, as a dad tells his son he can Quantum Leap to any point in his own lifetime. This is a different and interesting movie about family and love. And if that’s not enough, it’s got Bill Nighy in it too.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sports

The Natural

(Movie House Memories)

Robert Redford and Robert Duvall are the leads. Go and watch it. What, you need more? Glenn Close and Kim Basinger. Still need more? Wow ok. Of all the sports, baseball is perhaps the one that best translates to the big screen. It somehow captures all the drama, the tension, and the magic. This is a perfect example: it’s actually a fantasy movie, a fairy tale even, when an unknown batter with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere and transforms the fortunes of a 1930s baseball team. Now go and watch it.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

He Got Game

(Buena Vista)

Seriously under-appreciated sports flick. Denzel stars as Jake Shuttlesworth, a convicted murderer who’s offered a reduced prison sentence if he can convince his son Jesus (NBA all-star Ray Allen) to play basketball for the governor’s alma mater. It’s riveting stuff, and you’ll be positively floored by how good of an actor Ray Allen is.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

The Sandlot

(Qz)

A timeless coming of age story about friends, childhood, the biggest dog in the world, and baseball. And if you ever wondered why your dad says “you’re killing me, smalls”, now it will all make sense.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Caddyshack

(Golf Digest)

Funny, silly, entertaining. Not only the job description of a dad, but a good summary of this movie. Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and a devilish gopher make this the funniest golf movie since….well, ever.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Westerns

Maverick

(Moviefone)

Based on the 1950s TV show, this features Mel Gibson as the charming, handsome, and sly Maverick. While there is drama, tension, and twists, it’s much more of a comedy than a western, and an incredibly entertaining one too. A perfect escape movie.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Hell Or High Water

(EU Citizen Times)

I could tell you this is about a divorced father and his ex-con older brother resorting to robbing a bank in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. I could tell you it’s gritty, funny, and entertaining, with a great plot and characters. Or I could just say it’s a western/crime drama with Jeff Bridges. That’s all you should need to know.

Where to watch: Netflix

Horror

The Shining 

(Warner Bros)

Probably the last film you want to watch while self-isolating, but a classic worth revisiting nonetheless. Brilliantly crafted and scary as hell. Especially for Jack Torrance’s kid. We’ll also recommend seeking out any and all behind the scenes footage, which is often as intense as the movie itself.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Jaws

(The Dissolve)

I know. You’ve seen it a hundred times. It doesn’t matter; it’s one of the few movies that never loses its magic however many times you watch it. Roy Schneider’s Brody is the sheriff, the devoted dad, and the heart of this movie, and watching him hunt down that shark remains as thrilling and triumphant as ever.  

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The Omen

(Den Of Geek)

If you want something dark and unsettling on father’s day, may I just ask: why? But anyway if you do, this is a perfect choice. Many fathers might occasionally think their son is the devil, but in Gregory Peck’s case, he was right. Watch out for church spires and sheets of glass. 

Where to watch: Behind the couch or Starz

Poltergeist

(Independent)

Television blaring, a child screaming, furniture destroyed, a general atmosphere of dread, and a whispered voice saying “they’re here”. But enough about my kid’s birthday party, this movie centers around a family home invaded by an evil spirit who drags the daughter into another dimension. It’s a horror classic; intense, engaging, and particularly horrifying for Dads, as the family has to leave the TV on even though no one is watching it. 

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

(Medium)

Surprisingly, Wes Craven didn’t direct any of the Nightmare of Elm Street sequels before returning for this one, and it was a welcome and much-needed return to form. Admittedly, it is pretty crazy and silly, but when you’re watching a burned dream-haunting demon with a knifed glove and a fedora, you can’t really complain about realism. It’s fun and inventive, and an entertaining finale to an iconic series.

Where to Watch: Shudder

Frailty 

(Lions Gate)

One of the most underrated horror movies this side of the millennium. Bill Paxton (rest in peace!) directs and stars in this bone-chilling tale of a single dad who thinks he’s been commanded by God to kill demons masquerading as humans. It’s every bit as harrowing as its premise leads you to believe. A definite must-see for fans of psychological thrillers.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Expectant Dads

Nine Months

(The Movie DB)

After the success of 4 Weddings and a Funeral, Hugh Grant’s next movie choice was perhaps a surprising one. Although, while it’s not a classic, it’s a funny and heartwarming rom-com. A superb cast turns this into a light-hearted and feel-good movie about the worries of becoming a father. Plus, Robin Williams. Need we say more? 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Junior

(Empire)

No, don’t worry, this isn’t a biography of George W. Bush. Instead, the premise sounds like the result of a long drinking session – imagine if the Terminator was pregnant? But, if you’re prepared to suspend reality for a couple of hours, it actually works well – Schwarzenegger isn’t really suited to comedy but this is his best attempt, and sometimes the more ridiculous the plot and premise, the better. Emma Thompson and Danny De Vito provide excellent support to make it undemanding and feel-good fun.

Where to watch: Starz

She’s Having a Baby

(Fan Pix)

A lesser-known John Hughes movie; after his exploration of teenage life, this is his ode to “growing up”, about a young newlywed couple adjusting to deal with marriage and parenthood. In particular, it focuses on Kevin Bacon as he gradually adapts to becoming a responsible family man. It has funny moments and it is a sweet, sometimes sad, and charming tale.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Knocked Up

(Romcom Addict)

Ok not one to watch with younger kids but this raucous funny movie, with a superb supporting cast (watch out for the red-eye!), has heart and warmth too, dealing with the fears and worries we all share when expecting our first child. The drive home from the hospital at less than 10 mph really hits home too!

Where to watch: Netflix

Juno

(Hollywood Reporter)

This coming of age comedy-drama attracted huge acclaim on its release and with good reason; dealing with an unplanned teenage pregnancy with humor, realism, and nuance. Ellen Page is expertly cast as the independently-minded mother-to-be, while Micheal Cera’s natural awkwardness has never found a better home. Add Jennifer Garner and the consistently excellent Jason Bateman, and you have a refreshingly honest, smart, and entertaining story.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Dad Spends 265 Days Sailing Around The World With Stuffed Animal

Canadian Dad Sails Around the World
(Instagram/svseaburban)

Where have you been quarantined? At home? Did each member of your family decide to quarantine in their own individual blanket fort? That’s cool, this Canadian dad spent the past 265 days quarantined on a boat as he circumnavigated the globe.

That’s right, Bert ter Hart from British Columbia didn’t ride the wave of social distancing, he was social distancing long before it was cool. Dubbed “The Safest Man on the Planet,” Bert ter Hart has barely seen another person in the better part of a year. In fact, he rarely even spoke to one face-to-face. During his journey around the world, he used only celestial navigation – no phone, no GPS, not even a tablet to binge The Mandalodian.

 

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Cowboy Hats Since we’re talking about hats, my Dad gave me this one. I didn’t have the foresight to bring anything other than ball caps and toques. Dad realized immediately that I would need something for the tropics and gave me this Tilley. Actually, he gave me two knowing that I am a bit of a fumble-fingers and more likely than not to lose it overboard. The hat is in use everyday and judging by my tan, it’s mire than necessary in these parts. This picture also made me realize I could have saved some dough on storm canvas. It looks like my ears are big enough to set in a blow. I would only have to stand in the cockpit with my back to the wind! #oceancowboy #dadknowsbest #tilleyhat #svseaburban #aroundalone #6monthsatsea #sextant #penandpaper #circumnavigation #sailor #sailing #nonstop #5capes #onehandfortheship #occadventuresailing #sailinglovers #adventureisoutthere #occchallengegrant #instasailing #sailboatsofinstagram #captainbert #onemanshow #brave #sailinglife #sea #ocean #sailboats #zhik #sailingaroundtheworld Follow my tracks in real-time: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Seaburban

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Only eight people have ever done what this Canadian native did, and he’s the first from North America to complete the long and arduous expedition. Inspired both by early explorers and his own father who taught him to sail, Ter Hart used a sextant (a navigational device used to measure the angular distance between two objects, essential to Ter Hart for taking altitudes while he navigated), charts, and a pen and paper to make his way around the world.

 

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A COVID-19 Message from Bert’s Son, Webmaster, and Sailing Padawan Apprentice. Do it now. Not later. Tomorrow is already too late. That is the advice my father has taught me my entire life. The situation didn’t matter, be it at home, at sail, or anything else. Get your assignments done now, and have more time to make it perfect. When you’re at sea you have to do everything now. I learned early that taking a sail down, before it gets out of control reduces the effort required by its square. Start cooking now, before your forced to stay above deck for the rest of the day, and you go hungry. Make weather decisions early, as soon as you get the forecast. Change the heading now, before you’re stuck in the storm without options. In flight training hesitating before making a decision, especially a meteorological decision, can be the difference between your passengers life or death. Land under control, before you crash out of control, or even better decide not to take-off at all. Bert wanted me to share the following post that was originally written by Jason Warner, the chemical engineer and business executive. It explains COVID-19 by the numbers, and why it is important to make a plan now and take action now. Tomorrow may very well be too late: “This is a long post addressing two underlying issues with the current response to the pandemic that leaves me concerned. It’s the longest post I’ve ever written. For those of you not taking action, or believing the pandemic to be “overhyped”, you can make fun of me as much as you want now or when this is over. You can make me the subject of memes and post it everywhere. I will pose for the picture. I am not trying to convince you, but I do feel compelled to share information that I deem critical to all of us, which is why I am posting this at all. *WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE 5 MINUTES TO READ AND CONSIDER THE INFORMATION I AM SHARING:* As of 3/15/20 at 9 am PST this post has been shared over 50k times since it was posted 2 days ago. So a lot of people find value in the post and although it’s a long read, I believe you will find this information valuable too. (Cont’d on Facebook page: Around Alone)

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Ter Hart departed in his 13 meter (that’s about 43 feet, Americans) boat last October, and though he has a degree in oceanography and plenty of sailing experience, this trek was harder than anyone could have anticipated.

“The navigation was really hard because in order to figure out where you are with a sextant, you have to see the horizon. But when you’re at sea in a small boat, there’s always waves — and the swell can be anywhere from 12 to 15 feet,” Ter Hart told Travel and Leisure. “The motion is so extreme…the boat is tilted at some crazy angle, it’s going up and down, and rolling from side to side. If I were to put a pencil down, five seconds later, that pencil is in a completely different part of the boat.”

 

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Celebration The crew was anxious to celebrate our good fortune and successful rounding so when I announced it was time Port, Starboard, and Sir Salty Ants-In-His-Pants didn’t need to be told twice. It was a full time job just to get them to be still for the picture. You may remember that the bottle was a gift from Randall Reeves. From all of us aboard Seaburban Randall, thank you. I needed to pry the bubbly out of Sir Salty’s flippers to make sure that there was enough left for formalities. As is proper, Neptune was given his due. For a toast, I thought of this: For those who came before and lit the way, thank you. For those who may yet come, I say welcome. And for those who remain, may this place bring you everlasting peace. I hope it is enough and well received. Chock full of emotion, I stumble over a sheet strewn over a cockpit locker and splash some of the bottle’s contents on Seaburban. Of course! I had forgotten Seaburban! Remedied immediately, looking up I see a single point of light bursting through the clouds. In disbelief, I check the bearing. It bears directly over Cape Horn. There things in life you will never forget. Things indelibly stamped that never fade. Things like this. #celebration #breakoutthebubbly #neptunesdue #svseaburban #aroundalone #6monthsatsea #sextant #penandpaper #circumnavigation #sailor #sailing #nonstop #5capes #onehandfortheship #occadventuresailing #sailinglovers #adventureisoutthere #occchallengegrant #instasailing #sailboatsofinstagram #captainbert #onemanshow #brave #sailinglife #sea #ocean #sailboats #zhik #sailingaroundtheworld Follow my tracks in real-time: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Seaburban

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This brave father of four endured challenging conditions, even anchoring for several days to wait out a hurricane. Incredibly, during his entire journey, he didn’t lose sight of his goal. Accompanied only by his stuffed seal dubbed Sir Salty, Ter Hart persisted. Aside from the personal satisfaction of achieving this incredible feat, Ter Hart was motivated by his desire to push others towards their own dreams.

 

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Nervous I am more than a little bit nervous as we slowly reach in the troughs of some impressive but unforgiving waves with winds at 31 or 32 gusting 38. The Solent is up with 3 reefs and I dare not reduce sail as we would lose steerage. Th current is, as luck would have it, against. All in all, a character builder I would say. The forecast, already wildly wrong, is calling for both the swell and wind to subside. It looks that way to me so what has worked all night is not going to be changed significantly now. I will alter downwind slightly however just to keep us moving if the winds lighten. I am not running off as I need to go north like I need a hole in the boat. Not only is it in the wrong direction, but north of us is another ridge and windless patch. Turn three times, scratch a mast, and grab a stay The wind and swell should go away If not the morn, then let us pray That it comes to pass sometime this day #scratchthemast #nervous #swell #svseaburban #aroundalone #6monthsatsea #sextant #penandpaper #circumnavigation #sailor #sailing #nonstop #5capes #onehandfortheship #occadventuresailing #sailinglovers #adventureisoutthere #occchallengegrant #instasailing #sailboatsofinstagram #captainbert #onemanshow #brave #sailinglife #sea #ocean #sailboats #zhik #sailingaroundtheworld Follow my tracks in real-time: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Seaburban

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“I wanted to inspire people to take that first step forward in realizing whatever dreams or adventures they might have,” he explained to Travel and Leisure. “Once you take that first step, the next step is easier, and the step after that becomes easier. And pretty soon, you’re living your dream — whatever that may be, big or small.”

After nine challenging months, Ter Hart did it. On July 18, the daring dad returned to his overjoyed family.

“When I got back, the first thing I said was, ‘What did I miss?’” Ter Hart told Yahoo News.

Returning to life on land after nearly nine months at sea is difficult in itself, but Ter Hart had the added stress of returning to a world much different than the one he left. We’ve had months to adjust to life in a pandemic world, and it’s still far from easy – Ter Hart has the unique challenge of adjusting in an instant.

For Ter Hart, this is just the next adventure. This time though, he has the best crew in the world by his side – his family.

The most important photo of all. With Dad

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Japan Builds 59-Foot Gundam Robot THAT CAN MOVE ON ITS OWN

Japan's Gundam Robot is Moving
(Twitter/catsuka)

There is big news if you’re a fan of either anime or giant robots capable of taking over the world and enslaving mankind. Engineers at the Gundam Factory in Japan have built a life-sized giant Gundam robot, built with a mechanical skeleton so it can move on its own.

If you’re an anime fan, you’re already aware of the booming popularity. And if you’re a fan of robots, well, you know they’re going to take over the world. Sure, they start by doing simple chores like mowing the lawn and cleaning your floors, but even after a self-driving car killed an autonomous robot, people still think it’s a good idea to start building them this big.

If you’re a numbers guy, the Yokohama Gundam is 59 feet tall and weighs 55,000 pounds. I’m not sure if I mentioned this but it can MOVE ON ITS OWN. For now, anime fans see the robot at the Gundam factory outside Tokyo. Soon, they will be able to see them stomping all over cities around the world (probably).

The huge robot, based on the wildly popular Gundam robot from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam from the 70s (thanks, Wikipedia) started earlier this year. And if this is where we’re at now, it’s not hard to imagine a future where these things are EVERYWHERE.

It’s not the only Gundam replica in Japan, but the RX-78-2 Gundam robot is the only one that can move.

Definitely an astonishing engineering feat. But perhaps they were too preoccupied with whether or not they could, instead of asking if they should.

Discovery by Astronomers May Signal Extraterrestrial Life on Venus

Life in Venus Gas Clouds
(Pixabay/GooKingSword)

Remember a few months ago, when 2020 was just getting terrifying and we weren’t sure we could take anymore, and then suddenly scientists found evidence of a parallel universe that turned out to not quite be what we thought it was?

Then the Pentagon reported they had encountered “off-world vehicles” and we collectively admitted that none of us had ‘aliens’ on their 2020 bingo card.

Well, get ready for another fun piece of scientific speculation!

The other day, astronomers made a discovery that could signal life on Venus! Well, not actually on Venus, in the clouds around Venus, but still. Life!

Usually, when we consider the possibility of extraterrestrial life somewhere in our solar system, we skip the planets that are even closer to the sun than earth and focus on places like Mars or Jupiter. Maybe the scientists just missed this!

Of course, scientists being scientists, they are careful with their language. They rely on pesky little things like facts and data and analysis, and in this case, those things don’t exactly reveal the presence of alien life hovering in the atmosphere around Venus, but instead the POTENTIAL for alien life. They’ve discovered a chemical called “phosphine,” which apparently should NOT randomly exist where they’ve found it.

Again, the article discussing these findings is actually titled “Hints of Life on Venus” so they haven’t actually found E.T., they’ve just found the potential for him. So relax, those observing Venusian clouds aren’t running around warning us of Independence Day 3.

YET. But there are still many months left in 2020.

That said, the microbes that have been found in the clouds around Venus have opened up the possibility that if and when the White Hosue is incinerated by evil alien invaders, they may be from Venus. So that’s exciting!

Or terrifying. Depending on your mood.

It’s Jedi vs. Jean-Luc in Fun New Uber Eats Commercial

Luke Vs Jean Luc
(YouTube/Uber Eats)

Is Star Wars vs. Star Trek really a thing? The new Uber Eats commercial seems to think so.

In the commercial, Mark Hamill and Patrick Stewart, the stars of two of Hollywood’s biggest space-based franchises square off over dinner orders, the correct pronunciation of “tomato,” and… Daddy insults while waiting for their Uber Eats to arrive. Which it very quickly does.

The ad is funny regardless of whether you know your Millennium Falcon from your starship Enterprise, and Hamill and Stewart are both beloved figures who’d draw major crowds at Comic-Con, but the conceit seems to be that they are at odds because of the properties that made them famous.

In my mind, Star Wars and Star Trek couldn’t be more different. Star Wars is pure fantasy, a fairy tale with magic and monsters that happens to take place in outer space. Star Trek is pure science-fiction, the action movie trappings of the Chris Pine reboot notwithstanding, featuring moral quandaries, philosophical debates, and even some actual science. There is no science in Star Wars. A parsec is measures distance, not time, Han! No wonder Greedo was so mad.

Anyway, I’m probably taking this way too seriously. Thankfully, neither of the actors are, which makes for an entertaining commercial.

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The Mandalorian Is Getting a Series of Books and Comics

Star Wars The Mandalorian Books
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They say the universe never stops expanding, and we believe that’s also the case for the Star Wars universe. From novelizations to lackluster Christmas specials to game shows to high-end furniture to BBQ grills, there will never be a shortage of ways to get your Star Wars fix.

One of the most popular expansions to the Star Wars media empire has been The Mandalorian on Disney+, which is loads of fun and jam-packed with some truly dazzling production design. The series even launched a whole subgenre of memes in the form of Baby Yoda.

Earlier this summer, the official Star Wars website announced that it would continue Mandalorian world-building with a new series of published titles. One of those titles is The Art of The Mandalorian, and the cover art by Lucasfilm illustrator Doug Chiang alone makes it a worthy addition to any fan’s coffee table.

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The series is also getting its own Marvel comic, as well as a coloring and activity book, magazine, and children’s storybook. Fans of Star Wars can expect The Art of the Mandalorian to hit shelves this December, with more releases slated for winter and spring 2021. Here’s what to look forward to:

  • The Art of The Mandalorian (Season One) by Phil Szostak; cover by Doug Chiang (Pre-order for 36.00 for delivery on December 1)
  • The Mandalorian: Original Novel (adult novel, Del Rey) by Adam Christopher
  • The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide (DK) by Pablo Hidalgo
  • The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies – Level Two Reader (DLP) by Brooke Vitale
  • The Mandalorian: 8×8 Storybook (title to be revealed later) by Brooke Vitale
  • The Mandalorian: Junior Novelization by Joe Schreiber

And for no reason, here’s Baby Yoda again.

We have spoken.

Gary Sinise Foundation Steps up To Help the Grieving Family of a Vietnam Veteran

Gary Sinise Foundation Helps Pay Grieving Family's Bills
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Actor turned philanthropist extraordinaire Gary Sinise has been helping veterans and their families for nearly a decade, since founding The Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011. Sinise’s foundation has provided adapted homes to wounded veterans, served over 400,000 meals to defenders across the country, and even taken over 1,750 children of fallen soldiers to Disney World. Sinise has been recognized for his impact, receiving a Patriot Award among other national honors. And COVID-19 didn’t stop Sinise and his foundation from doing what they do.

One of the most amazing things about Sinise’s work is that his foundation takes the time to assist many individuals and families in need as soon as the need arises. Over the summer, a Vietnam veteran named Henry Cordero passed away. The loss of a family member is devastating enough, but Cordero’s daughter Jennifer Ruelas found herself facing a mountain of her father’s outstanding medical bills and various other expenses.

With nobody else in her family able to help, Ruelas was solely responsible for dealing with the thousands of dollars of debt. While she made enough to cover her own cost of living, Ruelas had no way to add a pile of debt to her own expenses. On top of the heartbreak of losing her father, Ruelas now had to face the strain of paying back bills that weren’t hers with money she didn’t have.

Prior to her father’s death, Ruelas had already taken a financial hit after becoming his caregiver in 2018 when he was diagnosed with dementia.

According to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s article, Ruelas had told her boss, “My father is my life. He is my best friend, so when he is sick, I am going to leave. So if you guys can’t accept that, then I can’t work here.”

Cordero had been incredibly generous throughout his life, helping family members purchase their own homes and volunteering with communities in need. Ruelas wanted to help her dad as he helped her throughout her life and did the best she could with the resources she had. After her dad’s passing, Ruelas and her husband worked to try to pay his remaining bills, but even their combined incomes barely made a dent.

Ruelas contacted the Gary Sinise Foundation after a friend mentioned that they may be able to help. Finally, Ruelas got some desperately-needed relief – the foundation’s H.O.P.E. initiative paid Cordero’s remaining caregiving fees as well as his cremation costs. With a large chunk of debt no longer weighing on her, Ruelas was able to breathe a bit easier – all thanks to Gary Sinise’s life-changing foundation.

Put a Dive Bar in Your Backyard Courtesy of Miller High Life

Backyard Bar
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Thanks to the most annoying coronavirus of the century, bars in much of the country still remain closed or restricted in time/capacity. We’ve had to change the way we booze, and many of us have had to change the where. Miller High Life recognizes our current hellscape, which is why they are going to put a brand new dive bar right in one man’s (maybe you?) backyard.

Happy hour at your local pub isn’t what it was even a year ago, and we’ve had to change the way we enjoy a cold one. When most of the country started throwing ‘em back at home more, it even caused an aluminum can shortage (sorry, Dr. Pepper fans). Some even enlisted dogs as their new drinking buddies.

Miller High Life wants to change the game for your socially distant boozing, by putting a dive bar right in your backyard. No more worrying about where to go, or how to get home. Instead, they will plunk a free dive bar (valued at $10,000) and outfit the drinking space with bar stools, a popcorn machine, classic wood paneling and questionable art, and dim lighting. They’ll also hook you up with a bunch of free beer.

The champagne of beers gets it, drinking at home doesn’t have to be a bummer (anyone with a basement bar knows this already). You can sign up by texting “DIVEBAR” to 90464, according to the Beer Co, to sign up for the giveaway (or by going to HighLifeDiveBar.com).

The only catch is, if you win, you have to let us come over as much as we want.

Ryan Reynolds’ Response to The Rock Ripping Down a Gate is Remarkable

Ryan Reynolds responds to The Rock tearing down his gate
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Long before taking on the role of Black Adam, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been known for his incredible physical strength. Wrestling with the WWF for nearly a decade and appearing in over 50 movies, The Rock has become our favorite gentle giant. Though the dude looks like the human equivalent of a tank, he has an enormous heart and only uses his superhuman strength for good.

On Saturday, The Rock took to Instagram to share the saga of a metal gate that had the misfortune of getting on his bad side. Evidently, the Black Adam star was about to leave for work when he realized the large metal gate in front of his house wouldn’t open. For most of us, a service person would be our only route to freedom. But most of us don’t have biceps the size of a small child, or the spare cash to buy a new gate every time it malfunctions. Well, the rock has both – so he took matters into his own Hulk-like hands.

He said in his Instagram post, “Not my finest hour, but a man’s gotta go to work.” He explained, “We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out – but this time it wouldn’t.”

 

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Not my finest hour 🤦🏽‍♂️, but a man’s gotta go to work. We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out – but this time it wouldn’t. Made some calls to see how fast I can get the gate tech on site, but I didn’t have 45min to wait. By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day. So I did what I had to do. I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Tore it out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass. My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, “in disbelief and equally scared” 🤣 Not my finest hour, but I had to go to work. And I think I’m 💯 ready to be #blackadam 😄💪🏾 #ripgates

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With a set full of production crew members waiting on him, he didn’t have time for a service person to come fix the gate. “So I did what I had to do,” he said. “I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Tore it out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass.”

The post continued, “My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, ‘in disbelief and equally scared.’”

Hopefully, they left the torn-down gate in the grass as a warning to all future gates that may decide to stop working at inopportune times. The Rock Concluded, “Not my finest hour, but I had to go to work. And I think I’m 💯 ready to be #blackadam.”

It wasn’t long before our favorite smartass, and nice guy, Ryan Reynolds, showed up in the comments to provide some helpful info. “The gate opened the OTHER way,” Reynolds explained, lovingly trolling a man who could break him in half with one metal-crushing hand.

The Rock later posted a video of the damage, showing the busted hinge and the absolutely destroyed metal gate lying lamely on the ground.

 

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Well here’s the destruction 🤦🏽‍♂️ I left behind after pulling my gates off myself and going to work. This footage was taken from my security after I had already left and he arrived on the scene. The second video is of our technicians and welders carrying one of the gates and placing it gently in the grass. As you guys know from my last post, there was a power outage at my house, causing my gates to not open. Sure as hell wasn’t my best hour, but there were a lot of people waiting for me at work so I did what I had to do, hopped in my pick up and went to work. Maybe next time I’ll just hop the gates and call an Uber. Actually, no I won’t. There’s no fun in that 😈 Jokes aside, THANK YOU to the techs and welders who mobilized very quickly in the morning to come over and take care of the destruction. Thank you, gentlemen. Just one of those days where I wasn’t in the mood. We’ve all been there. 🥃 #ripgates

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“Maybe next time I’ll just hop the gates and call an Uber,” The Rock considered. “Actually, no I won’t. There’s no fun in that.”

“Jokes aside,” he continued, “THANK YOU to the techs and welders who mobilized very quickly in the morning to come over and take care of the destruction. Thank you, gentlemen. Just one of those days where I wasn’t in the mood. We’ve all been there.”

Sure, we’ve all been there. I mean, not EXACTLY there, but we get it. We’re all a little on edge these days, sometimes all it takes is one more little thing going wrong for us to become completely unhinged.

‘Wandavision’ Trailer Is Weird, Like Everything Else in the World of 2020

WandaVision trailer
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2020 has been a rough one for the entertainment industry.

The pandemic slowed down or outright halted production on a whole bunch of movies and television shows we’d all been anticipating, and made it impossible to go to the movies and see the stuff that has already been made. Quarantine started with The Last Dance and Tiger King, but now that fall is here, pickings are going to be slim.

So when we get a taste of something new, it’s easy to get excited. Especially when that new footage looks so good. Last week, a trailer for The Mandalorian’s second season premiered, and it looks just as bad-ass as the first season. Its October premiere can’t come soon enough. Now Disney+ is has dropped the first trailer for WandaVision, coming later this year, which has a decidedly different feel from most previous Marvel properties but looks like a lot of fun.

It’s a blend of something all right, and it looks weird AF, opening with Wanda and Vision living in 50s domestic bliss right out of an old-fashioned family sitcom and cycles through a series of shots of what appears to be different decades of TV, before ending with some ominous glimpses of portals and police of some kind.

The series has been described by Marvel as “mega event series,” and the official synopsis reads: The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Especially since it takes place after Endgame and will have to reckon with the fact that Vision was killed at the end of Infinity War (and not by the snap that was magically reversed).

It’s clear things aren’t quite what they seem, and that this show is bursting with creativity, so there’s bound to be a fun explanation for his return.

Check out the trailer for the show, which looks like a real trip. In a year in which real-life couldn’t get any weirder, the touch of the surreal might be just what the doctor ordered.