As Father’s Day approaches, many are hatching plans to spend time with and honor the first man in their lives.
If a night at the theater or home on the couch with Netflix is your ideal father-child bonding situation, consider that some movies may be awkward to see with Dad. Before you dive into a movie marathon, take heed.
Here’s a list of movies to possibly avoid June 16.
1. “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014)
Synopsis: Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
Why not to watch with dad: This movie is currently dominating the box office, but a major consensus is that it’s tear-inducing. And who wants to see their dad cry?
2. “Brian’s Song” (1971)
Synopsis: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Why not to watch with dad: Again, no one wants to see their dad cry.
3. “Titanic” (1997)
Synopsis: A 17-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Why not to watch with dad: Seemingly innocuous (what could beat a solid history/romance flick?) and rated PG-13, there remains an uncomfortably long scene in which Rose (Kate Winslet) reclines on the couch fully nude while she is painted by Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio at his teen-heartthrob best). This requires at least a strategically planned snack break. When they enter Rose’s drawing room, volunteer to make popcorn.
4. “Blow” (2001)
Synopsis: The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.
Why not to watch with dad: Touchy subject matter. Laughing at drug jokes in front of parental units is not encouraged.
5. “Basic Instinct” (1992)
Synopsis: A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.
Why not to watch with dad: The interrogation scene. Borderline pornographic sex scenes. The knowledge that he’s probably already seen and enjoyed it.
6. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011)
Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
Why not to watch with dad: Incest, torture, revenge rape.
7. “Trainspotting” (1996)
Synopsis: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Why not to watch with dad: Explaining why you still have a crush on Ewan McGregor after watching this. Also drugs.
8. “Hard Candy” (2005)
Synopsis: A teenage girl raids a man's home, suspecting he is a pedophile, in order to expose him.
Why not to watch with dad: Implied castration. Interrogation. Hanging. Ellen Page of “Juno” at her manipulative best.
9. “Black Swan” (2010)
Synopsis: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Why not to watch with dad:
Girl-on-girl action, sex used as a means of control and a disturbing mother/daughter relationship. Nightmares.
10. “Requiem for a Dream” (2000)
Synopsis: The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions become stronger.
Why not to watch with dad: Monster fridge, prostitution, butt-to-butt scene, graphic drug use.
Movie synopses from IMDB.com.