The teens in teen movies get all the credit. What about the people who raised them? The genre has given us some pretty unforgettable parental units, so let's honor the best of them by ranking the most memorable teen movie parents from "eh" to iconic.
9. Walter Stratford, '10 Things I Hate About You' (Larry Miller)
Sure, this OB-GYN was just trying to protect his daughters, but the rule of not letting one sister date until the other one dates doesn't really make much logical sense. Fortunately, Larry Miller's strict poppa provided some great one-liners and unforgettable moments. Asking your kid to wear a fake pregnancy belly is extreme, but it sure makes for a great sight gag.
8. Henry Dashwood, 'What a Girl Wants' (Colin Firth)
He's a royal. She's his long-lost daughter. While he's obviously a good guy at heart, the Earl of Wycombe could shake some of his stiff exterior.
7. Wayne Boggs, 'She's All That' (Kevin Pollak)
There's something endearing about the quirky and sweet father of the "nerd"-turned-popular high school star Laney Boggs. It's probably too late for "She's All That 2" (who knows?), but we would like to see more of this mysterious character.
6. Tess Coleman, 'Freaky Friday' (Jamie Lee Curtis)
This is a tricky one. For most of this film, Tess' body is inhabited by the personality of her daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan.) But the therapist does seem pretty chill, even in a body swtich-aroo situation.
5. Bren and Mac McGruff, 'Juno' (Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons)
Both of these Academy Award-winning actors can do no wrong. As Juno's good-natured dad and dog-loving stepmom, they're even better as a pair. And they kept their cool and humor through some parenting hurdles.
4. Mel Horowitz, 'Clueless' (Dan Hedaya)
To be honest, he's pretty terrifying -- but anyone who can come up with burns like, "You think the death of Sammy Davis Jr. left an opening in The Rat Pack?" has a special place in our heart.
3. Rosemary and Dill Penderghast, 'Easy A' (Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci)
These hip and sarcastic parents have some of the funniest moments in "Easy A." We would actually have movie night with them any old time.
2. Mrs. George, 'Mean Girls' (Amy Poehler)
She might not be winning any Mother of the Year awards, but this "Juicy" jumpsuit-wearing, mocktail-serving mom isn't like a regular mom, she's a cool mom. Happy hour is from four to six!
1. Noah Levenstein, 'American Pie' (Eugene Levy)
Jim's dad was always understanding and quick to offer words of wisdom. Plus, he did his son a solid and told mom they ate all that pie.