There are so many wonderful films about wonderful families, with strong patriarchs and matriarchs leading their children towards a happy, healthy, and productive future.
... These are not those films. Below, find 13 movie parents who just would not give up control. With varying levels of intensity, but whatever. Such is life.
Jim Court, "Say Anything"20th Century Fox
He's not an underachiever if he shows up at her window with a boom box, Jim.
George Banks, "Father of the Bride"
Calm down dude, it's just a weddding.
Jack Torrance, "The Shining"
Let them leave the hotel, Jack. They're bored.
The Sultan, "Aladdin"
She must be married to a prince by her 16th birthday? She's not allowed to leave the castle grounds? She is allowed to have a pet tiger? Solid parenting, guy.
Other Mother, "Coraline"
You really shouldn't make your kids sew buttons on their eyes. It's not nice.
Bryan Mills, "Taken"
I guess it's okay to not give up control if the people you'd be giving it to are terrorists.
Mary Lee Johnston, "Precious"
Yeah, she was horrible.
Dr. Walter Stratford, "10 Things I Hate About You"
LOL chill dad, it's just a dance
Margaret White, "Carrie"
LOL chill mom, it's just a dance!
Reverend Shaw Moore, "Footloose"
LOL chill dad, it's just a WHOLE TOWN obsessed with dancing!
Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, "The Manchurian Candidate"
Having your son murder people via a chip in his back to help his political career counts as "control," right?
Joan Crawford, "Mommie Dearest"
She was abusive and controlling, sure, but she was right about those wire hangers!
The Lisbons, "The Virgin Suicides"Paramount
... Yikes, this just got awkward.