The Sandler Secrets to ParentingJune 14th, 2012 by Barak
A new movie starring Adam Sandler called That’s My Boy is coming out about a father who’s way more immature than his son. Can you tell who’s the father and who’s the son?
Like many other Sandler movies, the lead character played by Sandler will be some kind of a man-child – a child trapped in a man’s body. In honor of this highly expected movie (well, at least for Sandler fans), we looked at TV and movies to try to find 10 parents that haven’t really fully embraced all of their responsibilities, parents that have yet to mature into fully grown adults:
10. Phil Weston – Kicking and Screaming (2005)
Will Ferrell plays a dad (Phil Weston) who becomes the coach of his kid’s soccer team in order to be a better dad and support his son. His ultra-competitive father, played by Robert Duvall (Buck Weston), coaches a competing team. Pretty soon Phil, determined to triumph over his dad’s team, becomes blind to anything besides winning.
9. Sonny Koufax – Big Daddy (1999)
Adam Sandler’s Sonny Koufax is a lazy law school graduate who does more or less nothing, while living off the money he got a while back from a petty lawsuit. When a young kid appears at his front door, he becomes an unlikely foster parent. This is one of Sandler’s best movies in my opinion; it’s funny and sweet, silly and warm.
8. Royal Tenenbaum – The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
20 years ago Royal Tenenbaum suddenly moved out of the house, leaving his wife and young children behind, ruining their lives. From happy and successful geniuses, his children became alienated with a strong sense that their best years are long behind them. Even when Royal was still at home, he wasn’t much of a parent to begin with: he constantly demonstrated favoritism among his kids, even shooting one of them intentionally with a BB gun, and he couldn’t help but repeatedly remind his daughter that she is in fact his adopted daughter.
7. Thornton Melon – Back to School (1986)
Rodney Dangerfield is hilarious, as always, in the role of Thornton Melon, who enrolls in college in order to help his son get through his academic years. Thornton is a free spirited, rich businessman, who spends his time as a college student, not doing much studying, but doing a hell of a lot of partying instead. However, the thing he does the most, is embarrass his son.
6. Hank Moody – Californication (2007-?)
Hank Moody is a respected writer, a father and a husband, but he is first and foremost a playboy. When Hank was in his teens and the teachers at his school explained to the students that they should say no to drugs, alcohol and sometimes even to sex, Hank was at the beach doing all these things. Hank’s lifestyle of drugs, sex and alcohol makes it kind of hard for him to be a good role model for his daughter Becca.
5. Peter and Kate McCallister – Home Alone (1990)
It’s forgivable if you leave your dog behind, or even if you go down the elevator and then remember that your elderly parent is still upstairs, but it’s never ok to forget your young kid. Peter and Kate McCallister flew to Paris and forgot their 8 year old son, Kevin, at home, a whole continent away.
4. George Bluth – Arrested Development (2003-?)
George Bluth redefines the term irresponsible – when his kids were still in school he gave their teachers’ poisoned muffins in order to intimidate them. Later on, he was separated from his family because he went to jail following some creative accounting on his behalf. He continued his somewhat irresponsible behavior when he faked his own death and performed some light treason in the form of dodgy dealings with Saddam Hussein.
3. Homer Simpson – The Simpsons (1989-?)
Homer Simpson is probably the most famous lazy, irresponsible father figure in the world. Here are 2 examples of Homer’s parenting style: “Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.” Talking about his younger days, Homer said: “It’s not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, yet somehow I managed to fit in 8 hours of TV a day.”
2. Wayne Szalinski – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
When a parent has something dangerous around the house like a gun, or a machine that shrinks things as in this case, he should tell his kids to be extra careful or just hide the bloody thing. Wayne Szalinski forgot to tell his kids to be careful (or hide the bloody thing) and had to tell his wife: “Honey, I shrunk the kids.”
1. Kenny Powers – Eastbound & Down (2009-2012)
The lifestyle of Kenny Powers includes a lot of drugs and alcohol. Kenny is extremely rude and has a poor work ethic. In the beginning of season 3 the worst role model in the world becomes a single father. At one point Kenny makes a Moses out of his son – he puts him in a basket and sends him up the river… How’s that for good parenting?
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