Darth Vader and Jack Torrence are obviously terrible fathers—too easy. Likewise, the comedy genre is largely based on buffoon dads—Homer Simpson, Clark Griswold, any idiot played by Kevin James or Adam Sandler. So when we drew up a list of our favorite awful patriarchs in film in honor of Father's Day, we gravitated to the sleeper screw-ups, men were meant to look noble, thoughtful, traditional or heroic but actually come off as bad examples. We almost could have stuck exclusively to '80s flicks set in Chicago. Why was it that the dads in John Hughes movies were always such dicks? "My father loves this car more than life itself," "Hey, smoke up, Johnny," etc.
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