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June 14, 2021

Do you really want a green ogre for a Dad?

Cineplex Inc. recently came out with a survey indicating that many Canadian Dads think their children would like to replace them with the grouchy, but lovable green ogre, Shrek.

I don't know about you, but Shrek really doesn't top my list of ideal Dads.

The survey also found that, given the chance to select one of Hollywood's leading men, almost one-third of daughters would pick Johnny Depp as the actor they would be most concerned about bringing home to meet dear ol' Dad.

I don't think I would have any concerns with Johnny Depp...but then again, I'm not a Dad.

Garnering second place as a famous date the ladies would be a bit worried about introducing to dad is none other than Tom Cruise (19 per cent), followed in third spot by Colin Farrell (16 per cent).

When fathers were asked what animated movie character they felt their children would name to replace them on Father's Day, they indicated Shrek as their kids' number one choice followed by The Incredibles' Bob Parr and The Lion King's Mufasa.

"It's shaping up to be a tough Father's Day for Canadian men," says Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "From one of Hollywood's leading heartthrobs to a big green ogre -- this may not be the picture of rest and relaxation fathers anticipated."

The movie-going survey was intended to provide fun facts and figures about Canadians and their relationships with the movies.

And since it is Father's Day this Sunday, maybe a show and popcorn might not be such a bad idea for treating Dad on his special day...or Shrek.

By Donna Donaldson, MSN Money

What are your plans for Father's Day?



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A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...