Top 5 Best Dads in Romantic Comedies

PUTTING THE COM IN ROM COM

In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to acknowledge some great dads in romantic comedies. It isn’t often you see fathers being portrayed on screen, or even being interesting. These dads help shape the lives of our rom com icons with one goal in mind: their happiness. So here’s a shout out to 5 Dads that help put the comedic elements to their respective films and change the genre stereotype. Don’t forget to comment your favorite romantic comedy dad below!

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  1. Melvin Horowitz - Clueless

I have to start with Cher Horowitz’s dad, Mel. He might come off as an abrasive and stubborn, but his relationship with his only child, Cher is a priority. He always expresses interest in her academic career, the boys she’s dating, and making sure she’s strong and independent. Mel is kind of the perfect dad? He might have a stressful career but the love for his children is self-evident and incredibly charming.

2. Rogelio De La Vega - Jane The Virgin

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A Telenovela superstar making up for lost time. Since Rogelio entered Jane’s life he’s been nothing but supportive to his daughter and her family. Rogelio’s charm and dramatic flair makes him a sweet and loving presence. The way he dotes one Jane and supports her through all their big life decisions is endearing and makes me wish he was my dad (but without all the use of #hashtags)! Big bonus to Rogelio’s relationship with Michael! Don’t we all want our dad and boyfriend/husband to get along with each other?


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3. Bill, Sam, and Harry - Mamma Mia

This one is a bit of a cheat. Sophie lucked out and got THREE DADS. Although none of them know who Sophie’s biological father is that doesn’t stop the three men from wanting to be present in her life. They each try to show their support of their new found daughter with small acts of love such as: paying for her upcoming wedding, abandoning their work commitments to support her hotel opening, etc.

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4. Walter Stratford - 10 Things I Hate About You

Kat Stratford might dismiss her father as a bumbling worrier, but it’s all pretty much within reason! Dear old dad embodies the overprotective/single dad stereotype pretty hard, but his annoying rules are established only to protect his daughters and ensure they have the future they both want. There’s stopping teenagers from doing what they want, but at least he cares enough to advise them on smart practices as the navigate life in High School. It also doesn’t help that his job as an obstetrician packs on to his overprotective nature.

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5. Gus Portokalos - My Big Fat Greek Wedding

There’s a special place in my heart for this character. His values and perception of gender politics are absolutely backwards, but his heart is in the right place. Although it takes him the better half of the movie, but Toula’s dad comes around and sees that her life path is not just about ”getting married and having babies.” It’s quite amusing how the women in Toula’s family have manipulate him into thinking that Toula’s new found independence was basically his idea. The moment that really earned his way to this list is when Toula is overwhelmed with the finances of the wedding and he tells her to not worry about it because, he came to this country to make her dreams possible. Also, HE BUYS HER A HOUSE.

Some sweet honorable mentions:

  • Percy Jones - Guess Who

  • Liam Neeson - Love Actually

  • Tom Hanks - Sleepless in Seattle

  • Jude Law - The Holiday







DAY 1: LOVE ACTUALLY

An rated R romantic comedy that takes place during Christmas? Sold!

Do you think this trailer is misleading?

My relationship with Love Actually is a complicated one. The movie in the trailer above is not the same movie we all know. 

A rated R romantic comedy about Christmas? I AM the demographic for this movie! I loved this movie so much growing up. I watch this movie every year around this time of year. It’s basically a family tradition (that I enforced). It has a lot of my favorite British actors and is written by one of my favorite (and problematic) screenwriters. This BANKED. This movie made an insane amount of money. It grossed almost $247 million (it made it’s money back + hella lot more).

Most of the populous love this movie. It’s been embedded in our pop culture. It's a beloved Christmas classic. 

Alas, as I get older the more I uncomfortable I get watching this Christmas classic. The portrayal of women in this movie is ghastly. It fails the Bechtel test (shocker). The women of this are treated and written poorly. One character is constantly being berated about her weight. Another is a body double that literally falls in love with her on-set partner while his hands are around her breasts. It's all troubling but I'm not the first to feel this way. 

Let's get to the women of this movie. The women who make the movie and really got us talking about the way our gender is portrayed.

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Natalie: Her weight is the talk of this movie, which I don't understand because she's not overweight! Natalie is then found in an uncomfortable situation (with the president of the United States, no less) and APOLOGIZES to the much older Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) for it. Natalie here does what a lot of women do. Apologize for something we have no reason to apologize for. Sure, maybe she didn't want to come across unprofessional to her boss (who she has a crush on) but, apologize? Honey, no.

On the other hand, Natalie is refreshing and quite sweet. She gets nervous on her first day and straight up uses profanity in front of the prime minister, which always makes me laugh out loud. Probably the most relatable of all the characters, to be honest.  She faces an issue many women face: other people commenting on her appearance. Sadly her character serves no other purpose but to be eye candy for the Prime Minister.

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Karen: Emma Thompson's performance was the talk in critic circles that year.  I mean, if Emma Thompson cries, don't you? 

One of the things I love about Karen is how she shows the strength that woman are able to conjure even though they're broken on the inside. She also doesn't wait long to confront her husband. Karen takes care of the mourning Daniel, checks in on her brother, encourages Sarah to dance with Carl, make her kids' costumes by hand, and obviously warns her husband to steer clear of his Assistant.  In return, she gets her heart broken by her cheating husband (I miss Alan Rickman every day). 

You can actually listen to her heartbreaking when she unwraps her Joni Mitchell CD. Also this scene:

Juliet: Her husband's best friend seems to hate her, yet we find out after their wedding Mark, (Andrew Lincoln) is actually in love with her. Sadly, I can't redeem Juliet's story. There's nothing about it that's funny or charming (ok maybe that wedding send-off was kind of cute).

Regardless, Mark is a bad friend to Peter and I don’t understand why Juliet is charmed by any of his actions.

D on't you have zombies to kill? Leave Lizzie Bennet alone .

Don't you have zombies to kill? Leave Lizzie Bennet alone.

My question for you is this: Why is that at first watch we all love this movie? Why are we blinded by all the sexism and creepiness? If we took Christmas out of the equation, would we still watch this movie?