Most intimidating movie characters
Future brides beware—there’s nothing more powerful than a mother’s pull over her son. The Entire Family This movie focuses on a different kind of intimidation entirely in that it’s based off of sheer volume.
While Toula is trying to come to terms with her heritage and cultural identity, her non-Greek fiancée, Ian, struggles to gain acceptance from her family…and I mean her entire family.
The title doesn’t lie, this family is huge, meaning there’s just so many of them it’s hard to keep them all straight.
They’re loud, they’re opinionated, and they’re none too thrilled that Toula is going against tradition and marrying a man who isn’t Greek. Harry Stamper One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Bruce Willis’ character walks around an oil rig, shooting at Ben Affleck’s character after finding out he’s been sleeping with his daughter. Bruce Willis himself already give s off a “don’t mess with me” vibe, so adding a gun into the mix only further increases the fear factor.
And since both men are stubborn and natural born leaders, talking becomes a rather difficult task for the two of them (yelling doesn’t count).
Granted, their relationship gets a little too extreme to be entirely believable (hopefully no guy has had their father-in-law use him for target practice), but the protective fatherly instincts are both understandable and relatable—just maybe not gun worthy. the Entire Midwest When Pauly Shore’s Crawl (that’s his name, not some kind of Bay Area rave dance) ventures to the rural Midwestern hometown of his college girlfriend, Rebecca Warner, he is not exactly the most welcome newcomer to the farmlands. Warner alike are both threatened and disgusted by their houseguest, and can’t stomach the idea of him producing a grandchild with their only daughter. When their small town values get tossed asunder by this ineloquent tourist, it’s mystifying that they don’t run him out of town with an angry mob.
Have you ever tried to convince a traditional family that one of their traditions isn’t that important? Now technically at this point these two characters aren’t related quite yet, but the father-in-law/son-in-law dynamic remains constant between these two characters throughout the entire duration of the film.
Not an easy feat, but if Ian ever wants to truly be considered a member of the family he needs to find a way to worm himself into their hearts and dinner tables (which are crowded enough to begin with). As the saying goes, you’re not marrying just one person – you’re marrying the entire family. It’s the usual dilemma many fathers eventually face: nobody is good enough to marry their little girl.
The Evil Queen makes all other in-laws look like a walk in the park.
Jack Byrnes’ endeavors in this field are a tour de force. Sure, each movie ends with him swallowing his pride and giving his poor victim a pat on the back…but things are right back to the way they began come Act I of the next movie.
He employs verbal intimidation, threats, actual physical violence, and a vast array of high tech spy equipment—not excluding polygraph machines. Let’s just hope, for Greg Focker’s sake, that he won’t be suffering through any fourquels or fivequels…otherwise, that marriage might be on thin ice. The Evil Queen Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most intimidating in-law of them all?
Granted, she was a step-mother, but that still counts since she was basically the only family Snow White had left.
It’s your basic hero-villain dynamic, so they never really stood much of a chance of making nice with one another and you can forget about any family dinners (especially anything with apples).