Tiger moms, helicopter parents, and overprotective dads. We’ve all heard of them and whether we shun or embrace them, today we’re all about some of film’s most overprotective dads in honor of Liam Neeson’s return to Taken 2.
In Taken 2, Neeson plays a retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter, Kim, from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan enlists the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one at a time.
How does Bryan Mills compare to other silver screen dads? Is he the quintessential overprotective father? Take a look and judge for yourself and enter for a chance to win your own copy of Taken 2 when it comes out in Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on January 15.
James Court, Say Anything
Remember Lloyd Dobbler? Who could forget him holding that gigantic 80s boombox over his head as he tried to win the heart of Diane despite her dad’s objections. Father John Court should be thrilled that his daughter, Diane, is the high school Valedictorian and Dobbler is a loving and attentive boyfriend but of course that isn’t enough for this overprotective dad. Luckily, Court’s plea to his daughter to end her relationship is ultimately unheard as Court is to indicted by the government for tax evasion.
George Banks, Father of the Bride
It doesn’t take much to send George Banks into a fit of anxiety, so when his only daughter announces she’s engaged, it sends dad right over the top! From snooping around his future in-laws’ abode to a hot dog bun-induced nervous breakdown, George tries to do what’s best for his little girl despite repeated blunders. Luckily, in the end, he actually does and all is right with the world.
Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather
Who could be a more over-protective father than the Godfather (Marlon Brando) himself? Don Corleone isn’t someone you want to cross. He’ll seek revenge in the name of his children. He’ll have you “taken care of” without breaking a sweat. Luckily, he has a soft side and is always willing to negotiate. He’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.
Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
One of the most beloved film and literature dads ever, Gregory Peck immortalized Atticus, on screen lawyer and father to Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch and Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Voted by the American Film Institute as the #1 greatest film hero in history, Peck was rewarded for his amazing portrayal of Atticus with a Best Actor Oscar® and by millions of viewers wishing he’d come protect them.
Reverend Shaw Moore, Footloose
John Lithgow’s Reverend is the conservative roadblock to town newcomer Ren’s (Kevin Bacon) rock n’ roll dancing ways. After a horrible accident scars his hometown, the Reverend endorses a ban on music and dancing, much to his daughter’s dismay. But when Ren comes to town and falls for the Reverend’s girl, he’s determined to break through those protective chains and turn everything around.
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