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Must-watch Father’s Day movies for up-and-coming dads

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jun 03, 2021 7:08 pm

Being a new parent can be exciting and scary at the same time.

Change can be frightening, and anyone encountering it could use a glimpse of what things might be like when the time comes. This could be the case for new dads. Movies are a great way to get a look at the realities—good and bad—that are to come along one’s fatherhood journey. Who knows? When faced with such, they might even relate to their characters and figure out what to do and what not to do then. 

Here are some Father’s Day movies that are perfect for up-and-coming dads out there. 

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) is a heart-tugging film that shows how Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) navigates his way through life’s challenges as a father. At some point, he decided to intern at a well-known brokerage firm without compensation in hopes of building a decent future for him and his child (Jaden Christopher Smith).

Starring Ryan Reynolds (as Will Hayes), Definitely Maybe (2008) provides the perfect mix of comedy, romance, and drama in one masterpiece. As Hayes deals with an ongoing divorce process with his wife, the movie narrates his pre-married life to his loving daughter (Abigail Breslin), including his previous relationships with three women. 

If you’re looking for a feel-good movie, you might love the 2007 film Knocked Up. It follows the story of party guy Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) who was given the surprise of his life when his one-night stand Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) revealed she’s pregnant with his child. 

Parenthood (1989) revolves around Gil Buckman (played by Steve Martin)—a perfectionist who deals with both the triumphs and challenges that come with fatherhood. It’s an incredible story of how family happenings and chaos can be bearable with trust, patience, and a whole lot of love. 

In Grown Ups (2010), comedy stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider come together to give you some fun and laughter. The film is set on a holiday weekend where the hilarious group revisits the good ol’ days and does outrageous things as kids-at-heart. By watching the film, you can imagine you and your pals having a blast and doing the same things in the future.