Bumbling Dad: He stutters quite a bit, and he can be a little clumsy sometimes.
The Everyman: Like many of the characters William H. Macy plays.
First Father Wins: Took Amanda a long while before she realized that she should stick with Paul.
Papa Wolf: For his son, Eric, who he goes through hell to save.
Took a Level in Badass: Paul is just a schlubby, divorced small-business owner. By the end, he's taken on a spinosaurus.
Working with the Ex: He's actually divorced from Amanda, despite them putting up a pretence when meeting Alan.
Played By: Tea Leoni
Dumb Blonde: Not in a ditzy way, more like a Too Dumb to Live kinda way. Conversation she has with Paul suggests that she's been making dumb and reckless decisions for a while now, such as totaling 3 cars in 3 years.
Mama Bear: For Eric. Hey, she was willing to enter the island that she's been informed is swarming with dangerous animals for his sake, so that's got to mean something. Plus, she's stomaching being around her ex-husband.
Hate Sink: Thanks to her amazing ability to always make Dr. Grant's job more difficult. Including her selfishness, stubbornness, and an inexhaustible ability to make bad decisions throughout the film. She does get better near the end though.
Wise Beyond Their Years: Very practical for a kid his age, understandable considering he had to dodge dinos for over eight weeks. This makes him the only useful member of the Kirby family for much of the film.
Ambiguous Gender: We can assume that most of them are female, due to how Jurassic Park startednote Hammond made all of them female to prevent breeding, but the frog DNA changed that for him. However, we don't get any real signal as to what gender they are. Even more confusing, all of them have huge crests on their heads, despite the fact that in in real life only male pteranodons had large crests.
Giant Flyer: About the only accurate thing about them is their massive wingspans.