I’ve kept it private until now, but I have a weakness for single dad movies.
Do you, too?
Although we can analyze to death the evils of fish tanks (yes, I have one), who didn’t fall hard for the overprotective clown fish father in Finding Nemo?
And then there’s Chicken Little and his attempt to save the world.
For M’s eighth birthday, she asked me to take her to Nim’s Island to see her favorite actress — Abigail Breslin — surviving on a deserted island with her scientist father and all of her animal friends. (Each discovers what it takes to truly become the hero of your own life story…”)
Definitely Maybe was probably too grown-up for her, but I loved it: a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter starts to question him about his life before marriage.
This weekend, M was invited to an “Inkheart birthday party.” Her friend — who has read the best-selling trilogy by Cornelia Funke — is having a movie party.
Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud.
Although I prefer real life dramas over fantasy (are you surprised?), I’m looking forward to seeing Inkheart, an adventure that sends a father and daughter on a quest through worlds both real and imagined.
I’ve already warned M about the scary parts — when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages — but she reassures me that she’ll be fine.
Inkheart is in theaters nationwide on January 23th.
If you have any single dad flicks to add to the list, by all means, go for it!
Photo of Eliza Hope Bennett in Inkheart
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