Fan Theories From Movies About Dads That We Definitely Never Thought About Before

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Vote up the theories that make you want to call your dad.

Of all the movie genres out there, one major favorite amongst fans will always be movies about dads. Fatherhood and father figures in film has been a staple for years, whether it's about dads finding their way back to their families or the stuggle between them, people are forever interested. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding the best movies about dads.

Check out these fan theories from movies about dads below, and don't forget to vote!


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    12 VOTES

    The Title For 'Hook' Is Symbolic Of Peter's Own Dark Reflection

    From Redditor u/NewLeaf37:

    As a kid, I could never come up with a good reason why Hook was the title character. Why not call it 'Return to Neverland' or even 'Pan'? (side-bar: yes, I'm aware that both of those are other movies, but they didn't exist in the late 80s, so the titles were up for grabs). After all, Captain Hook isn't the protagonist. He's important, to be sure, but never the focus.

    But let's take a little trip down History Ln. Going all the way back to the original theatrical productions, and starting a tradition which carries through to this day, what other character does the actor playing Hook often portray? Mr. Darling, the children's father. In essence, this, intentionally at first or not, has long turned the narrative into a symbol for their struggle with their overbearing dad.

    And who else is a less-than-ideal dad? Why, it's Peter Banning! And what is Hook's ultimate goal in the movie? To turn Jack into his own son.

    The reason that Hook is called what it is is because Peter is no longer combating other people's fathers, but those of his own children. In effect, Hook has become his own dark reflection.

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    14 VOTES

    Ego Regrets His Purpose In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2'

    From Redditor u/XIsACross:

    Mantis talks several times throughout the film about how she serves Ego by helping him sleep, specifically how he has difficulty sleeping in general. The film seems to treat this as just a throwaway macguffin allowing the Guardians to put him to sleep for a while during the final fight scene, but what if it's so much more than this.

    What if Ego regrets everything he has done in the pursuit of his obsession that is the expansion? What if he hears the screams of all the people he's killed and lovers he's lost whenever he tries to sleep?

    The explanation that seems to be common for Ego's willingness to kill seems to be that he simply doesn't value mortal life.

    However, it really does seem to me like we see real emotion when he talks about loving Quill's mother, and even just how excited he is to meet Quill for the first time. He literally screams with joy that he's no longer alone in the universe. Additionally, Ego is hugely passionate about human culture, a culture of mortals, particularly human music and 80s culture in general.

    Therefore I believe it's more likely that Ego saying that mortal life has no value is actually something he's trying to convince HIMSELF of, rather than something he actually believes deep down, because that's the only way he can live with all of the horrible things he's done in the name of his obsession.

    Also I believe this makes him a much more interesting character than simply being an immortal being with emotions beyond our comprehension.

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    7 VOTES

    The Only Way To Win Julian's Card Game In 'Big Daddy' Is To Say "I Win"

    From Redditor u/Robert0023:

    In the film Big Daddy, there are two separate instances where characters are shown playing a card game with Julian and both times, despite common knowledge of how card games are played, Julian wins.

    For decades, people have been asking, "How do you win Julian's card game". Well, the answer had been staring us right into the face:

    The one and only way to win Julian's card game is to exclaim "I Win".

    Need further proof? Look no further than the first time the game is shown. Even though Julian's opponent has a full house, Julian still wins because he said "I win". And when asked why he wins, Julian simply replies "because I win".

    But, by far, the most damning piece of evidence is the name of the game itself. In the same scene, Julian is asked what the name of his game is, to which he replies "I Win".

    So there you have it, the only way to win Julian's card game known as "I Win" is to say "I Win".

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    5 VOTES

    Fletcher Could Figure Out Truths That He Didn't Already Know In 'Liar Liar'

    From Redditor u/iamjacksheart:

    So in the movie Liar Liar, Jim Carrey's character Fletcher can't lie due to his son's wish. In one scene, he is in front of a judge and needs some time to think so he asks for a bathroom break. It goes down like this:

    Fletcher: Your honor, would the court be willing to grant me a short bathroom break?

    Judge: Can't it wait?

    Fletcher: Yes it can. But I've heard that if you hold it you could damage the prostate gland, making it very difficult to get an erection, or even become aroused!

    Judge: Is that true?

    Fletcher: It has to be!

    This leads me to believe that either he didn't have to actually know the truth to tell it, that whatever granted his son's wish, be it God, the universe, or a flying spaghetti monster, decides what the truth is. He could make up a fact and if it's true, he could say it. He could possibly figure things out by process of elimination. Stuff like when is he going to die, or what happens after death, etc. That or he was only able to say that because it might not be true that holding it could damage the prostate, what is true is that he HEARD that it could.

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    11 VOTES

    Ian And Barley's Father Died Of Magic Poisoning In 'Onward'

    From Redditor u/sinburger:

    tldr: Ian and Barley's father died of magically induced cancer and eventually Ian will too.

    The introduction to Onward shows that magic used to be prolific throughout the world until the advent of technology replaced the need for it. The stated reason for this was that magic was difficult to learn, whereas implementing technological solutions for everyday problems was much simpler. As such people gravitated away from magic because they didn't want to put the effort in to learn it.

    However, Ian is shown to not only learn magic, but master it to the point where he can string together complex chains of spells while battling a dragon. And he learns to do this in a 24 hour time period. Magic on its own can't be that difficult to master if a teenager that get that skilled with it within a day.

    Likewise, the magic as shown would be incredibly useful in a day to day setting, even with technological solutions to issues. Imagine how much easier construction project would be if you could levitate materials instead of mobilizing a crane. Shipping of goods could be so much more efficient if you shrunk everything down for transport and used velocity spells instead of fuel for long haul trips.

    At face value, there is no good reason why magic wasn't continually used throughout history. Therefore there must be an issue with magic that wasn't presented in the film that makes it prohibitively difficult to use. My theory is that it's easy to use magic, but extremely difficult to use magic safely. Without diligent guidance, training, and knowledge, exposure to magic will make the user sick, much like how radiation exposure can be lethal.

    Ian and Barley's father, Wilden, was likely learning to use magic as a hobby, perhaps something to surprise his family with when the boys were older. He gave himself a silly wizard name, which is something you do because you are enjoying your passion, not something you do when you are dying and desperately trying to prepare a last ditch effort to see you kids again. He was probably using the same "historical" RPG materials Barley enjoyed to teach himself spells. Obviously nothing there spoke of the safeguards you'd need to use magic safely, so Wilden became terminally ill due to magic poisoning.

    This means that Ian is now going to suffer the same fate, as he is using magic unprotected, without a clue to the dangers he faces.

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    8 VOTES

    Danny Isn't The Only Torrance Who Can Shine In 'The Shining'

    From Redditor u/shelby421haha:

    Okay. So what I am proposing is that Jack has the shining and the movie is all about the power of choice. We all know that Danny can speak to certain individuals through his thoughts, namely Larry. This gift is referred to as The Shining throughout the movie. We also know that Danny has an imaginary friend, Tony, that "lives in his mouth." Now this choice of words is key, because it's a metaphor for Tony being able to speak through Danny. It's showing that he can take control if he wants to. And as Danny says, he doesn't always remember. This is specifically illustrated in Danny screaming "REDRUM, REDRUM" in a freaky voice and it explains him standing by his mother's bedside with a huge knife.

    Another addition to the gift is the ability to see the dead. As in when Danny sees the twin girls in the hallway. Or the woman we are led to believe he saw in room 237, (I say led because we as an audience don't witness this. But I'll get there.) the woman Jack later encounters upon entering the room. And I think it's worth mentioning that the only reason Danny knows that he has the Shining is because he talks to Halloran about it, who explains that he Shines and that something bad has scarred the hotel . During this conversation, it is reveled that Tony has told Danny that he can't talk about his gift, especially not with his parents.

    Now, step outside of this and assume you had the gift of Shine. And you were hearing and seeing stuff that you thought no one else heard. And you had no one to talk to about it because the internet hasn't happened yet and everyone around you already thinks you're an unstable alcoholic.

    You'd probably think you were loosing your mind. Which is that's what's happening to Jack. Only the only person who knows that he has the shine is Tony. So guess. Who. Is talking. To Jack. Yeah. (Tony.) That's why he doesn't want Danny to tell anyone. He's worried that once Jack knows it's not something to be scared of, he will lose his power over him. He might even lose his power over Danny.

    And the way the movie is filmed totally makes the theory work. Every time you see Jack doing something messed up or considering murdering his family, the very next character you see on screen is Danny. Like, if I remember correctly it's every time. Even when Jack eventually cracks, he mostly chooses to pursue Wendy over Danny. Again, when Danny is holding the knife by his mother's bed, it's either right before or right after that you see Jack thinking about killing Wendy. Leading me to believe that Tony is trying to control Jack, with the apparent motive of killing Wendy. Its even the exact room he leads her into while chasing her with the axe I'm pretty sure.

    But why would Tony want to kill Wendy right? What's the goal?

    Well, she's annoying probably. No, but seriously, for a while I thought it was because she could be abusing him. I know that's like a usual theory, but right before Danny goes into the open door of room 237 and the movie cuts scene before he gets strangled by the "ghost" that we never see, he's calling for his mom. Which makes me think she was the woman in the room. Now you're gonna be like oh no but she freaked out when she saw the brusies on his neck and we already know that Jack is the one who abused him in the past and broke his arm in a drunken rage. But who tells us that? Wendy. And couldn't it very well be that she refuses to accept the fact that she hurts Danny, so she projects it onto her very confused husband?

    Who is confused for good reason because he seemingly sees and hears things with no explanation. Not all of which is planted by Tony. Some are his own imaginings. Such as the scene with Delbert Grady, where he finally makes the decision that he's going to kill his family. I think this is more a metaphor for choices than anything, much as a lot of the movie is. Mainly set pieces, but I'm sure you guys don't want to read about how the symmetry of pillars makes me think my theories are supported. (Ha. Get it? )

    Now. I think the most important part of the movie is when Halloran is murdered by Jack. I believe not only was this a metaphor for killing good (I have a sub theory of Halloran being God and Grady being the Devil) but specifically killing the good in Danny. I think that in this moment Tony takes complete control of Danny, because he no longer has anyone left to protect him. You don't hear Danny speak much past this point, and the one time you do, it's in his Tony voice. I believe that's why he isn't concerned with waiting for his mom before he runs off into the maze, and I believe he's the one that lets Jack out of the freezer.

    Now. Final point. When Halloran is talking to Danny, he talks about how something bad has happened in the hotel. How it had been "scarred" by it. Then at the end of the movie, you see an old picture with Jack standing front and center.

    What if- Tony/Jack was the bad thing that happened. What if every year during the off-season, this messed up hotel (which has similar shine-like capabilities, as stated by Halloran) has a ghost reunion where everyone basically relives the events that brought them to scarring moment? But what if this time Tony was finally able to gain control over Danny, realize what he has to do to change fate, and escape?