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The 10 funniest movie dads

Father knows jest in this tribute to role models

By Gary Susman
Entertainment Weekly

American Pie
Eugene Levy gives Jason Biggs some fatherly advice in "American Pie."

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(Entertainment Weekly) -- Movie Dads are a lot like real dads: They'll do anything for their kids.

Sure, the circumstances might be a little different than they were around your house growing up. Instead of playing catch in the backyard, Movie Dad will actually pull you aside for an open, frank discussion about sex ("it's like a Chinese dinner; it's not over until you both get your cookies").

Instead of taking you out for a pizza, Movie Dad will introduce you to the exciting, underground world of illegal dog-fighting. Instead of helping with your math homework, Movie Dad will help you escape from the Nazis.

But the principle is the same: You can always count on Movie Dad for unconditional love ... and laughs. He'll be on your side, no matter what you flunk in school, who you decide to marry, or which type of baked goods you choose to sodomize (see below and galleryexternal link).

This Sunday, grab the old man and one of these DVDs for a little paterfamilias film fest.

Jim's Dad

MOVIE American Pie (1999)

PLAYED BY Eugene Levy (in photo, left)

WHO IS HE? He's a well-meaning father (maybe too well-meaning) with a habit of bursting in on Jim (Jason Biggs, right) at inopportune moments.

SETTING AN EXAMPLE Dad teaches Jim about female anatomy with some helpful visual aids: centerfolds from hardcore skin magazines.

EMBARRASSING MOMENT There are so many, but we'll have to go with Dad walking in on Jim during his Alexander Portnoy-esque intimate moment with the pie.

FATHERLY ADVICE ''I never did it with baked goods, but you know your uncle Mort, he pets the one-eyed snake five, six times a day.''

WHY YOU'LL WATCH Though he should learn to knock, Jim's Dad displays remarkable understanding and empathy, the kind you wish your dad had when you were growing up.

MORE FATHERLY FUN Levy reprises the role in "American Pie 2" (2001) and "American Wedding" (2003).

EW MOVIE GRADE B

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