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CHUD QUICK LIST: 5 OF CINEMA’S MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

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by Jeremy G. Butler: link

Be thankful they're not your relatives.
post #2 of 12

Waaaaaitaminute ...

 

... oh no, actually you're right you sly bastard. I was expecting things like The Fighter and National Lampoon, maybe a Shakespeare adaptation here, a The Klumps there, but Delirious is inspired.

 

And if I had any shame I'd be feeling it right now as I admit to not seeing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? yet.

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For some reason the first family that came to my mind were the Deetzs from Beetlejuice, but your choices were great.

post #4 of 12

The families in Todd Solondz's Happiness certainly rank.

post #5 of 12

Great list! I'd add Ordinary People to this list. Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore in a bad case of "wrong kid died!"

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Oh yeah there are several families that could take any of the spots on this list.  I was discussing options with a buddy of mine and he had a lot of great ones that I had to leave out simply because I hadn't seen them.  Plus leave it open, promote discussion.  And aside from the Beetlejuice (another I considered) there's a lot you guys have mentioned I need to get around to seeing.  And Bucho, you should bump Virginia Woolf up your list, simply for the raw force of nature that is Elizabeth Taylor.

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It may be slightly obvious, but the Skywalkers deserve a place on the list. The dad's a mass-murdering absent father and virgin birth who choked his pregnant wife and tries to enlist his son into the same mass-murdering organization that not only caused his mother's death, but also those of his aunt and uncle and half the recorded galaxy. Oh, and that inter-sibling tonsil-licking thing.

 

And Bucho: I can wholeheartedly recommend you check out Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? stat. An amazing film version of IMO one of the 20th Century's very best plays, and the best dialogue I've ever read. And Taylor and Burton give performances that burn your eyes to watch (In a good way, of course).  

post #8 of 12

Not to mention that Elizabeth Taylor was only 33 when she played the 50-ish Martha.

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Truuudat.  And she gained like 30 or 50 pounds for the role just to age herself up a bit.  Who'd they want originally...Bette Davis and James Mason I think.

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Visitor Q

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Lloyd and Caroline Chasseur (and their extended family) belong on this list.

 

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The Ref might just be my favorite Christmas movie.

 

 

Going for the obvious...................................Texas Chainsaw Massacre (The Sawyer's) and The Devil's Rejects (Firefly's).

 

 

A more fun option........................................The Happiness of the Katakuris.

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