Father’s Day is this Sunday, so you know what that means: time for a quick survey of horrifying cinematic parenting. Just like we did for Mother’s Day, Flavorwire has assembled nearly two dozen of the worst dads (and stepdads) in all of moviedom, and grabbed some of their most cringe-worthy moments for your viewing pleasure (and discomfort). Hit play, and thank your lucky stars that the worst your father’s ever done is insisting on wearing those terrible Hawaiian shirts.
CREDITS: Edited by Jason Bailey Music by James Brown
CLIPS (in alphabetical order): American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999) At Close Range (James Foley, 1986) Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) The Devil’s Advocate (Taylor Hackford, 1997) East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1955) The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980) Frailty (Bill Paxton, 2001) The Great Santini (Lewis John Carlino, 1979) Happiness (Todd Solondz, 1998) Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Joe Johnston, 1989) Lolita (Adrian Lyne, 1997) Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996) The Mosquito Coast (Peter Weir, 1986) Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994) The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955) Nothing in Common (Garry Marshall, 1986) The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001) The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben, 1987) This Boy’s Life (Michael Caton-Jones, 1993) The War Zone (Tim Roth, 1999)