Single male seeks single female spy/assassin/action-heroine. Must love kids!
February 19, 2011 6:22 PM   Subscribe

I get the feeling there's a lot of movies that feature an ordinary, plucky, independent single-mom, and her son, and the male hero who enters their life and serves as a father figure of sorts for the son (Terminator 2, Witness, The Day the Earth Stood Still). Are there gender-reversed examples of this, ie, single-father + daughter + heroine? And I'm thinking more of action/adventure type stuff, and not straight dramas.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Lost World
posted by cmgonzalez at 7:01 PM on February 19, 2011


Well, sort of, as Ian Malcolm isn't exactly "ordinary". But it was the first thing to come to mind.
posted by cmgonzalez at 7:02 PM on February 19, 2011


The Holiday and Enchanted come to mind!
posted by Maya Cecile at 7:02 PM on February 19, 2011


"Dan in Real Life" fits the bill for dramedy...
posted by oldefortran at 7:09 PM on February 19, 2011


Enchanted!

(on preview: dammit, got beaten to it)

This is also the plot of 8 zillion romance novels.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:09 PM on February 19, 2011


jersey girl, although that's not action/adventure, or even very good. but it had cute moments!
posted by kpht at 7:15 PM on February 19, 2011


Jurassic Park.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:19 PM on February 19, 2011


I also watched The Lost Room today, and while it doesn't fit your formula perfectly, it does have a single dad, a daughter (who goes missing; the whole plot revolves around the dad trying to retrieve her), and a helpful gun-totin' sidekick/love interest.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:22 PM on February 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


On TV, Castle.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 8:44 PM on February 19, 2011


Seconding I Am Sam. They don't get together, but Michelle Pfeiffer is pretty badass.
posted by titantoppler at 8:56 PM on February 19, 2011


I agree with Enchanted! and Kick Ass (but I hope you're not planning to watch the latter with your young daughter). Definitely, Maybe may be too much of a drama - but it's also very playful (Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Kevin Kline, are all great). Definitely not a spy story, but kind of a mystery.
posted by kbar1 at 9:48 PM on February 19, 2011


Here's another: Inkheart. Still not a spy flick, but it is an adventure.
posted by kbar1 at 10:09 PM on February 19, 2011


Commando!
posted by fyrebelley at 10:15 PM on February 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


BASEBALL movies.

Sandlot (new dad, though)
Rookie of the year
Bad News Bears movies
Angels in the Outfield
posted by hal_c_on at 10:41 PM on February 19, 2011


Nim's Island kind of fits the bill.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 10:53 PM on February 19, 2011


L'Etrange Fruit, in Castle, is there any relationship between the daughter and the love interest at all? I thought the daughter and mother were more of a way to keep Castle grounded.

because you wouldn't want a Castle on a cloud
posted by gentilknight at 12:51 AM on February 20, 2011


My Stepmother is an Alien with Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger. More comedy/romance than straight Sci-Fi, but truly an 80s classic.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:09 AM on February 20, 2011


Almost: The long Kiss Goodnight
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:03 AM on February 20, 2011


Elektra
posted by nooneyouknow at 6:30 AM on February 20, 2011


In TV again, Lie to Me, even though the characters there aren't supposed to be involved romantically.
posted by copperbleu at 6:47 AM on February 20, 2011


Volcano
posted by librarylis at 11:35 AM on February 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


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