FA­THER FIG­URES

Poppa per­fec­tion…

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The top 10 cin­e­matic dads.

ATTICUS FINCH

To Kill A Mock­ing­bird’s lawyer Finch is a paragon of prin­ci­ple as he de­fends a black man ac­cused of rape in a racist town. Dis­pens­ing sage ad­vice with the same cool­ness with which he dis­patches a ra­bid dog, this stand-up fa­ther also rocks the hell out of white suit.

JA­SON ‘FU­RI­OUS’ STYLES

Solid gold wis­dom on every­thing from pro­cre­ation to mur­der drops from the cool mouth of this Boyz N The Hood daddy, as he tries to en­sure his son sur­vives the mean streets of LA. “You’re the prince but I’m the king.” Amen to that.

SA­MUEL PERLMAN

Call Me By Your Name’s multi-lin­gual, statue-study­ing Prof. Perlman adores his wife and is un­der­stand­ing of his son’s heartache – only turn­ing into a scold­ing dad to chas­tise his off­spring for not wear­ing a flo­ral shirt. Per­fezionare!

MUFASA

James Earl Jones’ other VO for a cin­e­matic dad, The Lion King’s one is pure re­gal no­bil­ity and good­ness as a lion sovereign teach­ing cub Simba how to be a right-on royal dude via the medi­ums of play and star-gaz­ing. We can cer­tainly feel the love tonight.

GUIDO OREFICE

Heroic parental pro­tec­tion from Life Is Beau­ti­ful’s Ital­ian Jew Guido, when he and his fam­ily are sent to a con­cen­tra­tion camp dur­ing WW2. Us­ing ev­ery clown­ish, cre­ative tool in his arse­nal, he shields his young son from the hor­rors around them with play. Truly beau­ti­ful.

JONATHAN KENT

Man Of Steel’s hum­ble farmer Kent has brought up his adop­tive space baby to have cast-iron ethics and al­tru­ism be­fit­ting a Su­per­man – and pro­tects him at all costs. Even if that means stop­ping his son from us­ing/re­veal­ing his gifts to save him in a fa­tal cy­clone.

MARTIN BRODY

A guy afraid of the open wa­ter who lives on an is­land, Jaws’ Chief Brody nev­er­the­less gets stuck into hunt­ing a maneat­ing shark and pro­tect­ing swim­mers de­spite op­po­si­tion from the Amity Is­land bu­reau­crats. Even on a sink­ing ship, he still gets his man/fish.

GEORGE KIRK

Brave, self­less, an­noy­ingly hand­some – Kirk’s dad in Star Trek leaves a long, im­pres­sive shadow as the Starfleet com­man­der who sac­ri­fices him­self to save his crew by go­ing into a kamikaze dust-up with Ro­mu­lans. No, you’ve got some­thing in your eye…

AN­TO­NIO RICCI

Post-WW2 Italy is a tough place for an im­pov­er­ished pa try­ing to pro­vide for his fam­ily in Bi­cy­cle Thieves, and a bike is crit­i­cal for his work. When his cy­cle is stolen, Ricci tries valiantly to re­cover it and avoid be­com­ing a thief him­self. Mo­ral par­ent­ing 101.

NOAH LEVENSTEIN

By no means cool, Jim’s dad in Amer­i­can Pie is long-suf­fer­ing pa­ter­nal sup­port made flesh. And boy, does he get to talk mat­ters of flesh as his son gets into nu­mer­ous sex­ual scrapes, even need­ing a ride to the ER for a su­per­glued dick. JC

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