From Darth Vader tempting his son towards evil (not to mention slicing off his hand) in Star Wars to Al Pacino’s John Milton turning out to be the actual Devil in Devil’s Advocate, there are some dads who probably shouldn’t expect a card and a present today.
Even in the more family-oriented films, there are some real stinkers: Harry Wormwood in Matilda treats his daughter absolutely appallingly, and it’s Homer Simpson’s eyebrow-raising behaviour in The Simpsons Movie that puts the whole town in jeopardy and forces his family to flee.
In American Pie, meanwhile, Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) means well – but all that talk of “self love” is far, far too awkward for a standard father/son chat.
Scroll through 10 of the worst dads in movie history below.
On the flipside, there are also some stellar parents in the movie canon.
You’d be hard-pushed to find a terrible pater in the Disney canon, even if a handful of them do end up deceased.