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Sally Field as Aunt May, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' franchise (2012, 2014)
The perennially put-out and willfully ignorant old aunt of Peter Parker was forever squashed by the sass of Sally Field. Gone is the frail, elderly caricature of post-fifty life, replaced with a vivacious and age-appropriate sister-in-law for Richard Parker. Her back-and-forth with Andrew Garfield over who does the laundry in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was pure comic joy. Her subtle needling and tacit remarks let us know of course she knows what's up. Parents/guardians aren't as dumb as teens think and bless Field for bursting that particular bubble with aplomb.
- Donna Dickens