Chris Pratt can pretty much write his own ticket at the moment. He starred in "Jurassic World," which smashed box office records by raking in over half a billion dollars in its opening weekend, and since his bankability is now undeniable, Pratt is being considered for other major franchises.
What he should consider is starring as a super hero. Sure, he's already got the whole "Guardians of the Galaxy" thing going for him already, not to mention there are some Indiana Jones whispers. But what about some kind of Dad super hero? Because all signs point to Pratt being that guy already, which means the role wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
Pratt isn't the first Hollywood star to be a dad, or a good one at that (we're looking at you, David Beckham, Papa Pitt and Hugh Jackman). Not only does Pratt, dad to 2-year-old son Jack, appear to be equally as present and doting as his wife, actress Anna Farris—and as well he should be—but he also seems to know one of the keys to parenting correctly: partnership.
While out and about promoting "Jurassic World," he credited Farris with being the disciplinarian in the family, but he also said, "We both try to present a unified front."
Playing one parent against the other is a strategy all kids try at some point, and when Mom and Dad aren't on the same page, it sets the whole family back.
Any parent knows that one of the secrets to success in raising a good kid is lots of wineround-the-clock nannies being on the same page with your partner. Kids will push you to the brink, and when they smell your weakness, they move in for the kill. Oftentimes "the kill" means going to the other parent to try to wring from them what Parent No. 1 wouldn't do, say or give in to.
It sounds dramatic, but when your preschooler wants a second dessert or to not clean his room, to avoid saying "please or "thank you," or to skip washing her hands after going to the bathroom, it can take two fully grown adults to help them see the light. Playing one parent against the other is a strategy all kids try at some point, and when Mom and Dad aren't on the same page, it sets the whole family back.
With great power comes great responsibility, and for parents everywhere (presumably minus the unlimited resources afforded by Hollywood A-listers) to hear that what they're doing—or are trying to do—is what others around them are also doing, it can be comforting to know they're on the right track. After all, becoming a parent is the easy part. It's being a good one that separates the men from the dads. Clearly Pratt is well on his way to earning his stripes.
"I've done all kinds of cool stuff as an actor," Pratt said in a speech last winter. "I've gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts and play baseball in a professional stadium, but none of them mean anything compared to being somebody's daddy."