There was an idea to make this into a theme within a theme post but as I discovered, I haven’t seen many movies with bad parents. I’m sure there are some my mind has blanked on, but here are three that I could think of. And they are all different types of bad parenting.
Pushing your children towards greatness is good, up until it’s not. In I, Tonya, the relationship between mother and daughter becomes almost toxic because of their combined ambition. Figure skating means a lot to them, but they have too strong personalities to ever work together. While the performances are on point by both Robbie and Janney, the scene stealer in this one is actually Paul Walter Hauser.
Saw this comedy in theatres and was actually surprised by it. It’s not the best comedy out there, and it doesn’t really wow with sophistication but it’s fun! And in the centre of the movie are three parents, who all have their flaws. They aren’t necessarily bad parents, but they make mistakes. As we all do! But there are some lines you should never cross. Like literally trying to clock block your daughter and going the extra mile by jugging beer into your butthole.
Probably the darkest movie on the list, Starred Up tells a story of estranged son and father. Both end up in the same prison, and their clashing relationship starts stirring up trouble. While I don’t remember much about the film, it seemed fitting to this week’s theme. Plus, you can never go wrong with Ben Mandelsohn! Every time I’ve seen him, he has been delivering a good performance!
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