Netflix with your Dad
I think it would be great to watch Netflix with your dad. So many new dramas to watch! Documentaries to talk about over dinner! Comedies to binge! For people like me, the most we can do is think, ‘my dad would have loved this’.
May is his birthday month and Father’s Day is just around the corner. So I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately. One day, when the kids were out with my husband, I felt like having a pity party. I knew I couldn’t bring my dad back to watch new Netflix shows, but I could dive back in to the older titles and watch as though Netflix was around… well, when my dad was still around.
I went deep, deep into the golden oldies. There had to be some gems that my Dad and I enjoyed together back in the day. And I was right!
Romancing the Stone
The first one I found and watched with glee was Romancing the Stone. I’m totally dating myself, but this action-adventure still holds up. It has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is pretty decent. I still remember my Dad telling me all about it and then finally getting to see it on VHS with him during a family movie night a few years later.
Next, Parenthood (the movie, not the TV series). This one is a classic. It still puts you in stitches. The ensemble cast is stellar, the jokes are laugh out loud funny and it’s got lots of Dad humour. This is probably why we laughed through it so many times when it played on Sunday afternoons.
After these two, the search through the Netflix back catalogue became a glorious trip down memory lane.
The Mighty Ducks
I watched The Mighty Ducks. My dad was a high school coach when I was little, and I clearly remember him with his whistle and his black sneakers. I’m a sucker for coach movies, especially when there is an underdog story so I lapped this one up.
9 to 5
Then I found 9 to 5. If you are even remotely a Dolly Parton fan or you love a good story about a bunch of girls showing a dude what’s what, it’s a must see. The soundtrack is fun, the wardrobe is amazing and the story is perfect.
The last pick on my list is a movie my dad never got to see. I saw it alone in the theatre when it came out, because I couldn’t think of any one else I wanted to go with. In addition to coaching, loving strong women (he raised his two daughters on his own starting in the ‘70s) and taking his Dad role very, very seriously, my father loved car racing. So I saved Rush for last. Although it’s a newer release, it feels like an old film – the story is beautifully told, the cars are fabulous and there’s just enough good guy vs. bad guy to feel like an age old tale.
If you’re lucky enough to get to spend Father’s Day with your pop this year, I suggest watching some Netflix with your Dad. After supper, dig way back into the older titles to see if there are some favourite you can enjoy together as adults that remind you of times long past.
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Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.