Dad, 1989 film starring  Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis and Ethan Hawke.  Excellent film with many powerful and emotional moments.

John (Danson),  learns during a meeting that his mother had a bad heart attack and may be dying.  He heads home immediately and ends up watching over his father Jake (Lemmon) who had been dependent on his mother Bette (Dukakis) for everything.  Not only does the bond between father and son strengthen, John see’s what has been missing from his own life.  John’s mother is cleared at the hospital and returns home and his own son Billy shows up.  Everything seems to be normalizing when it’s discovered Jake now has a problem.

I will be honest, this was the first time I have ever seen this film but wow!  It was very powerful to me.  This film was charged with emotional scenes that were sometimes so heart wrenching I had to stop it and finish it the next day.  Not only did it hit close to home for me but I am sure all who see it would see something from their own timeline in it.

The story for this film was very well written.  We will all, in our lives, have to deal with this in one form or another.  It reminds us all what we have or had and to cherish it and not ignore it.  A huge wave of emotions came over me watching this, from happy to distressing and very sad.  A film that can invoke that kind of a response from viewers is definitely worth watching.

Jack Lemmon played an outstanding roll as the dad and Danson did such a great job as the son I now have more respect for him as an actor.  I can’t say enough good about this film, it’s one every parent or grown up son/daughter should see!

Beware though, this film will tap into just about every emotion you have and leave you very moved by it.  If it doesn’t then you have no heart!

Production Credits;

  • Amblin Entertainment
  • Ubu Productions