“I’m going to go baste the turkey and hide the knives”–10 cinematic signs your family is not *that* dysfunctional
In honor of the upcoming holidays and our Problem Child series, here are 10 cinematic reminders to give thanks that though your family might be crazy, at least they aren’t possessed by demons, gripped with writer’s block inspired rage, or capable of killing people with their minds.
10. The Bad Seed brings us little Rhoda (Patty McCormick) in her perfect dress, pig tales and tap shoes. But this little princess is a sociopath without a conscience, who will kill to get what she wants—be it the penmanship medal she feels she deserved or silence from the janitor who knew too much. An irresistible camp classic, The Bad Seed might have you looking at your little cherubs differently. It screens on Saturday afternoon. Buy tickets
9. Little Miss Sunshine: Ah, the family road trip.
8. The Exorcist
Two words: projectile vomiting. Is there really any other antidote to Turkey Day gluttony? It screens at the Walter Reade on Friday night: buy tickets
7. Kramer Vs. Kramer–It defined divorce for a whole generation. Enough said.
6. Mommie Dearest: You think your mom is high maintenance? Check it out at the Walter Reade Theater on Black Friday (it’s got a chilling appropriateness, doesn’t it?) Buy tickets
7. Margot at the Wedding: It’s amazing how well Noah Baumbach captured the maddening cruelty and love between sisters played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicole Kidman.
8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre–The family that slays together, stays together? This film give a new creepiness to the notion of family togetherness.
9. The Shining: Just for fun, this is the “re-cut” parody, which turns Kubrick’s chiller into a silly comedic romp.
10. The Omen: A horror classic that reminds us all to not go switching babies; bad things can only come of it. See it this Friday and Sunday at the Walter Reade. Buy tickets.
Enjoy and happy holidays!