Mentors

Everyone loves that wise old man or woman that is so smart and they end up teaching this young kid, basically their protegy, everything they know, creating a bond and then they either die and it’s this huge loss in the movie or they live and share in the happiness of their pupil. There are countless movies that have this theme in them but I’m just going to talk about a few of them that are in some of the most famous and some of my favorite movies.

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Mr. Miyagi! from the move Karate Kid How can he not be considered one of the greatest mentors with the “wax on, wax off” technique.He taught little Joe Esposito karate techniques and shared in the happiness of him winning the tournament and even moving on to a Karate Kid part 2 which wasn’t as good.

 

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Chubbs Peterson from Happy Gilmore. He had a wooden hand that got bit off by an aligator and he mentored Adam Sandler with his golfing skills and died from a fall out of the window therefore being unable to see Sandler win the golf tournament.

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Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series was a mentor to Harry Potter(Daniel Radcliffe) and died in the third to last movie and was a great influence in Harry’s life. When I read the book I think I had a tear in my eye when he died! I hated Snape for killing him but then I found out he was already going to die because he was cursed and Snape only did it because Dumbledore had asked and then I got over it.

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Charles Xavier from X-Men is the whole reason mutants in the movie have a place to go and know that they aren’t the only one. He set up a whole foundation for them and was loved by many people and then he was killed and in the recent Wolverin movie he was brought back to life. Yay!

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Weeza from Steel Magnolias is sort of a mentor… She kind of gives life advice that’s isn’t always cheerful to her friends. I love her character though and this movie. She’s sarcastic and witty. Gotta love her. It’s hard to find a female mentor in movies and she’s the closest to one!

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Patches from Dodgeball! He’s so funny and a “mentor” in a way. He basically just harrasses his players but he makes them do what they need to by the saying “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball” which obviously motivates them to get going because if not… then they would have gotten a pretty big bruise.

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John Keating from The Dead Poet’s Society is a very inspiratonal teacher/mentor. He teaches his students the phrase “Carpe Diem” which is to live each day to the fullest and he inspires them to be poets, like have fun with it and do what you want in life. The students grasp a concept that teaches them life has more to it than school and a career and to follow your dreams, it’s about what you want not what other want of you.

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Chazz Rheinhold… What can I say. So many memes have been made on his picture. I love Will Ferrell first of all and he killed it in this movie he’s a mentor to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the movie The Wedding Crashers and he basically helps them to pick up on women at weddings and crash them to have a good time.

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In the movie Stand and Deliver a teacher(Edward James Olmos) at a school where the kids don’t try and don’t care about their grades, school is nothing to them. Most of them are having trouble at home and school is the last they wanna worry about. He sees them and puts things into action. He helps them, becomes their friend, and gets them through a big exam and they all pass because he wouldn’t give up. The students were accused of cheatin because they came from an area where the schools weren’t so good. I really like this movie because it shows that your background and where you’re staying doesn’t and shouldn’t have an effect on who you are or how well you’re going to accomplish your goals and make something of yourself.

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This movie A Bronx Tale is me and my sister’s favorite movie. We know every line and the character Sonny is sort of a street smart mentor. He teaches this boy Calogero how to be smart in streets and never let people take advantage of you. I don’t completely agree with everything he taught him but my favorite quote from him was “You gotta do what your heart tells you to do. Let me tell you somethin’ right now. You’re only allowed three great women in your lifetime. They come along like the great fighters, every ten years. Rocky Marciano. Sugar Ray Robinson. Joe Louis. Sometimes you get ’em all at once. Me? I had my three when I was 16. That happens. What are you gonna do? That’s the way it goes, you know? Tell you right now. See this girl? Maybe this girl, she put wind in your sails. Maybe she’s your first great one.” and  “All that matters is what’s good for you… and how you feel about each other.” He gave some good advice on women that’s all I gotta say. My favorite quote describing him is “Sonny had five fingers but he only used three.”

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Faria from The Count of Monte Cristo. He was such a wise man and had so much knowledge to offer to Dantes and eventually everything he had taught Dantes encouraged them to find an escape from their prison. Unfortunately, Faria passed before he had a chance to escape and this led to Dantes’ escape. Without Faria, the boy would have stayed in prison under false imprisonment.

 

 

 

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