IBJ Movie Night: The Boys are Back

September 30, 2009
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Want to win a pair of tickets to see "The Boys are Back"?

That's Clive Owen's upcoming film about a sportswriter facing single parenthood. Directed by Scott Hicks ("Shine," "Snow Falling on Cedars"), it's rated PG-13. The screening is Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema. (As usually, all the get-there-early warnings apply.)

Want to go? This time, there's no need to pick up the passes. I'll be sending them to the winners electronically.

To enter, you must:

1. Drop me an e-mail at lharry@ibj.com with "Boys are Back" on the subject line.


2. Leave a note here regarding about your favorite single parent in movies.

I'll pick winners at random until the passes are gone.

Need some ideas for starters?

How about Dick Van Dyke in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Christopher Plummer for half of "The Sound of Music," Rene Zellweger in "Jerry Maguire," Larry Miller in "10 Things I Hate About You," Tom Hanks in "Sleepless in Seattle," Diane Keaton in "Baby Boom," Toni Collette in "About a Boy," Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce," or just about any animated adult in a Disney film?

Now let's hear your thoughts.


  • Pay it Foreward and Stepmom.
  • You know I'm always up for a movie! Since you mention it, I think Belle's dad in Beauty & The Beast is a pretty great character - I'm not particularly fond of Disney's penchant for single dads, but he's a lovable, loyal guy even in all his eccentricities. :-)
  • Technically this was a single parent movie, Look's Who Talking or I'd have to go with Larry Miller in 10 Things I Hate About You.
  • "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Don't you have to give props to any Mom who doesn't freak out and run the other way when the kids befriend an alien?
  • Don't make a mother mad, especially when its Jodie Foster
  • I think I'm going to have to go with Julia Roberts as Erin Brokovich...probably her best movie.
  • Dustin Hoffman in "Kramer versus Kamer"
  • I liked Jasmine's dad in Alladin!
  • Cher in Mask is a good choice, but the best of all time is Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest! "NO MORE WIRE HANGARS!" Critically acclaimed performance by some (second in the voting for the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress of the Year)and then she also received a RAZZIE award for worst actress.
  • I would have to say Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness or Mel Gibson in What Women Want. Two completely different movies but great situations.
  • Randy Quaid in "Bye Bye Love"
  • I liked Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire.
  • I would have to say Mermaids and Erin Brokovich...which I agree is one of Julia Roberts best movie.
  • Oh, man I really like Toni Collette in About A Boy. That may be the only Hugh Grant movie I find watchable.
  • Has to be Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle. Of course I love Tom Hanks in anything.
  • Jodie Foster had just lost her husband, and seemingly her daughter too while on a plane but she wasn't accepting that.
  • Stepmom and Pay it Foreward, thought they were both great! Helen Hunt did a great job.
  • I loved Kramer vs. Kramer when I was a kid. It really showed a father playing that traditional "motherly" role, I think it changed the way many people view fatherhood...and how they are treated during a divorce.
  • I loved how caring Cher was playing Rocky Dennison's mother in that 80's movie about the teen with the elephant man disorder. Disfunctional, but worked for them.
  • Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in "The American President."

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