April 22, 2014

Millennial's Analysis Of Baby Boomers Confounds Gen X'er

So apparently Hook was the archetypal dadventure movie of the 90s, which the Paris Review dubs "The Dadliest Decade."

between 1989 and 1999, ten dadventures hit the box-office top ten, and they're worth listing in full:

Look Who's Talking
Parenthood
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Hook
Father of the Bride
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Santa Clause
The Flintstones
Jumanji
Big Daddy

Since then, from 2000 through 2013, there have been only four: Cheaper By the Dozen, The Pursuit of Happyness, Despicable Me, and Despicable Me 2. (Of course, this tally probably ignores a whole range of films wherein dadliness is defined on Freudian, structural, or mythic levels--where the drama of fatherhood undergirds the film's meaning without banging you over the head with it. But those are way harder to count, and anyway, shush.)

This is how the Paris Review does cultural analysis of a decade many people walking the earth have lived through and remember somewhat? I was alive and relatively sentient in the 90s, and I have absolutely no idea what the hell this guy's talking about.

It's so opaque, I might have brave the untamed flood of spambots and reopen comments, just to sort it out. Oh wait, I get it now: Robin Williams was popular.

UPDATE: And to prove the point that those who don't learn from the 90s are doomed to repeat them: DT reader Micah notes that a sequel to Mrs Doubtfire is in development. I hope mass extinction comes first.

The Dadliest Decade [theparisreview]

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