Roeper: Neither [mom] has a husband. Neither of the kids ever mentions a dad. ...I think that it is weird to have a feel-good story about young skating stars, and not have fathers in the picture.
Ebert: ... The problem with the missing father is epidemic in Hollywood movies.
Roeper: But there are two missing dads here!
Ebert: We are just as happy that they are not there because if there is a father usually he is either a meanie, a child abuser, an authoritarian, or some sort of a monster.
Roeper: I know, but Roger ...
Ebert: Hollywood has a great deal of trouble giving us a positive portrait of a father.
Roeper: I understand, but usually there is a scene where the little skater will
like pick up a photo and [say] "I miss dad".
Saturday, March 19, 2005
The missing father in Hollywood movies
Ebert and Roeper reviewed Ice Princess on their tv show today, and said: