The Plugged In Show, Episode 86: Fathers, Orphans and Entertainment

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Two men on a fishing boat in the movie "The Blue Miracle."


Fathers often take it on the chin in entertainment. Making fun of a slightly clueless, more that slightly overweight, “schlubby” dad is practically an Olympic sport at the movies and on TV. It’s generally open season when it comes to jokes at dads’ expense, whether we’re talking movies, sitcoms or Disney shows where the kids are always smarter than their parents.

But every now and then, Hollywood serves up something that treats dads with a bit more dignity and respect—and maybe even inspires those of us who are dads to raise our game a bit. We saw of couple of those movies recently, both of which also featured the subject of conscientious men stepping into a father-figure role in the lives of orphans: Blue Miracle and Twelve Mighty Orphans.  

So take a listen to this week’s conversation on The Plugged In Show: “Fathers, Orphans and Entertainment.” Let us know what you think below or via our social media outlets on Facebook and Instagram. And be sure to explore the resources and links related to the show that I’ve listed below.

  • Gift of Any Amount Offer: 7 Traits of Effective Parenting by Dr. Daniel Huerta
  • Interaction question: Which TV or movie fathers do you love—or hate? Let us know at our Facebook page, or on our Instagram page, which you’ll find at Pluggedinteam.
Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.