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10 Movie Father Figures Better Than The Real Dads
Celebrate Father's Day with the substitute-dads who definitely deserve a card

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10 Movie Father Figures Better Than The Real Dads | Mr Miyagi (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita)
Mr Miyagi (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita)

No disrespect to Jackie Chan’s haunted interpretation in last year’s remake, but we’re going with classic Miyagi. Not only does he help Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) figure out his life, he’s also a font of knowledge on both martial arts and how to be the world’s best handyman. So if you’re looking to beat bullies or fix up a shed, Miyagi’s the whole package. Sure, he may come across initially brusque or stern, but that’s just because he takes some time to warm up to those he helps out. And true, it’ll feel early on like he’s just slacking and getting you to do all the work around your apartment complex, but they’re stealthy lessons in the noble art of defending yourself. Or, if you prefer, kicking major ass. Just try to not ask too much about his past: while he did briefly become a father, his wife died in childbirth, so he tragically still makes the list.

Father’s Day Gift Recommendation: A new bonsai tree. But from the side of a cliff – don’t get cheap and pick the first scrappy shrub you see at Notcutts.

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1 RE: 10 Movie Father Figures Better Than The Real Dads
L: steveg66 Glenn Ford's Jonathan Kent. A wise, gentle man. There wasn't enough of him in Superman. I still sniff when he dies. onathan Kent to all intents and purposes Clark's real dad. He doesn't meet Jor-El until he's an adult. More

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