The 3 Best And 3 Worst Movie Parents

Saturday, August 25 by Gregory Wakeman

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Everyone has a problem with parents. Maybe it's because they don't understand you, or they're prying into your life just a little bit too much. At some point though, the red mist of separation begins to disperse, and you realize hey, they're actually human beings, too. They still try to give you advice, and you can't help but still listen to it and pass judgment on whether it's actually good or bad. It's the same in the movies! Mums and dads are introduced, and you can instantly tell if they're good or bad role models for the protagonists. Here are the three best and three worst parents to ever grace the screen.

The Best

Morticia and Gomez Addams, "The Addams Family"

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Yes, they're a bit gothic and a bit kooky, and they live inside a haunted house that along with experiments gone wrong, a rather unruly uncle and a dismembered hand. But Morticia and Gomez let their offspring run free, and this ultimately brings each and every one of them closer together. It's moving stuff.

Atticus Finch, "To Kill A Mockingbird"

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Not content with saving the South from its inherently racist ways, Atticus Finch still finds time to raise two pretty spunky little kids and protect them from a vengeful family. He is decent, honorable and filled with wisdom, so much so that it would probably be impossible to emerge from his shadow.

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, "The Incredibles"

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I'm not sure if their super powers extended to being great parents, but their warm personalities and loving nature ensured that there was always a great family atmosphere in their home, despite Mr. Incredible constantly causing chaos that disrupted their environment. Mrs. Incredible is definitely a Anakin Skywalker, "Star Wars"

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Pretty easy choice, this. It doesn't matter how many times you show remorse for your actions, trying to kill your son instantly means that you are a terrible father. Yes, you can try to explain that you've been taken over by the Dark Side, but that won't stand up in a court of law. 

Russell's Mom, "Up"

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Russell goes on a cross-country balloon ride with Carl Fredricksen for what seems like at least a week when you consider travel time. And it doesn't seem like Russell's Mom gives one little hoot about the location of her son. Maybe she did, though. Maybe she had called the authorities, and Carl had a lot of explaining to do once he returned. If so, the film's denouement should've probably been set in a prison.

George and Lorraine McFly, "Back to the Future"

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Whether it's at the beginning of the film, where they have clearly not provided for their kids, or halfway through, when Lorraine is infatuated with kissing her son, the McFly's are just terrible parents. To be fair, though, "Back to the Future 2" shows that Marty and Jennifer aren't that great either.