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!
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
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?
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.
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.
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