Underappreciated Movie Of The Week: THE PARENTS

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Year: 1989
Director: Bob Balaban
Genre: Horror/Comedy

What it’s about:
Set in the 1950s, ‘The Parents’ follows a young boy named Michael as he deals with a new school, nightmares, and his very strange parents. On the surface his parents seem normal, but Michael suspects something sinister is going on.

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Why you should watch it:
Parents are such a mystery to a child. You never really know who they are when you’re young. ‘The Parents’ takes that theme and runs with it..to a very dark, disturbing place.

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This movie is the definition of black comedy. It is expertly directed by Bob Balaban (who you’ll probably remember best from his character Russell on Seinfeld). The cast is perfect in every way, especially Randy Quaid as the most bizarre/disturbing father ever. The music, acting, and cinematography all mix together perfectly to tell this very strange, bleak story about family, trust and of course, leftovers.

Side note: my parents showed this movie to me when I was about 10 years old…what the hell were they thinking?
Go watch this movie!

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