August 23, 2007, - 3:13 pm

Out of Style Elsewhere, Loving Fathers Are BACK in Hollywood

By Debbie Schlussel
Earlier today, I wrote about Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Zaslow’s column on society’s attack on men and fathers, portraying them as predators. I’ve also decried that portrayal in Hollywood films and TV productions.
But, lately (this week, at least), I’ve noticed a trend in upcoming movie releases. And it’s a good one. Dedicated, loving, honorable fathers are back in Hollywood.

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This week alone, I screened three upcoming releases in which that’s the case: “Resurrecting the Champ” (in theaters–and my review–tomorrow), “In the Valley of Elah,” and remake “3:10 to Yuma.” While I can’t post reviews here until the release dates, I can tell you that in all three, the main characters–the protagonists–are fathers who love their sons, their wives, and their families, and are men of honor and integrity. While not perfect (none of us are), they are men who recognize their faults and try to do the best for their sons and families.
It’s a breath of fresh air from an industry that regularly pumps out losers, bums, and absentee dads in a constant parade of negative father figures. While I can’t recommend “Elah” (because it defames American soldiers as wanton torturers in Iraq–more on that in another post), I loved the other two and can recommend the main characters in all three movies as role models and positive portrayals of what so many American dads are really like.
Let’s hope this new trend sticks around.

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4 Responses

Debbie,
Thanks again for defending men. Most of us guys really are pretty decent people. The prevalence of attacks against men and fathers in the media is truly amazing. Itís so prevalent, so in your face, that many people simply donít see it, or they just donít care.
The hostility is now systemic.
God made men and women different in order to compliment each other. Some of the strongest people I know are women, but strength is not synonymous with hating men.

Rocky on August 23, 2007 at 4:15 pm

I’m suspicious. Maybe they make a different nad cynical ending for the export market?

Solomon2 on August 26, 2007 at 6:07 pm

Hi, Debbie…”3:10 To Yuma” is based on a short story by fellow Detroiter Elmore Leonard.

Amy Alkon on August 27, 2007 at 2:48 am

I find that I am satisfied with a lot less food. ,

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