We give a lot of guff around these parts to Chris Pratt, but that’s only because it’s mostly deserved. Some of it, I’m willing to concede, is because he does not more carefully choose his words when discussing his personal life, which is necessary because there simply aren’t that many movie stars as big as he is — also, saying there aren’t enough movies about average white guys in Hollywood is, well, tone-deaf as hell.
But hey! He’s a huge blockbuster movie star, and by most accounts, people love to work with him. Notwithstanding that terribly worded social media post, I have no doubt either that he adores the son he has with his ex-wife Anna Faris. To wit: On this week’s Smartless podcast, Pratt could not wait for an upcoming 10-day fishing-and-camping trip on his fully stocked pond with his nine-year-old son, Jack. It’s all he can think about lately, he tells the hosts of the podcast, Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett.
“It dominates a huge portion of my mind, thinking about fishing with Jack up there.”
Pratt is also excited to watch 10 “coming-of-age” movies during this 10-day camping trip with Jack, who again is nine years old. “Ten days, ten movies,” he says, before reading off the list of movies he plans to watch with his nine-year-old (and for non-parents, that’s about third grade). I will provide the list here, without comment.
1. Rambo: First Blood (Rated R)
2. Dumb and Dumber (PG-13)
3. White Fang (PG)
4. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)
5. Rudy (PG)
6. Toy Soldiers (R)
7. Red Dawn (PG-13)
8. Bloodsport (R)
9. Crouching Tiger (PG-13)
10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)
Of those movies, I actually wasn’t familiar with Toy Soldiers, which stars Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Keith Coogan. It’s about an all-male boarding school that is overtaken by terrorists, as opposed to Red Dawn, which is about high-schoolers resisting occupation after the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies. Pratt also seemed amenable to the addition of Taps, which is a film that follows a group of military school students who decide to take over their school to save it from closing. I suppose they all fall under the category of “coming of age” film, depending upon what you want your child to become.
Anyway, at some point in the podcast, Pratt also said that he wasn’t taught a lot of “critical thinking skills” growing up, so take that how you’d like.
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