- Actors: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt
- Directors: Bob Balaban
- Format: NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Vestron Video
- Release Date: Jan. 31 2017
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- ASIN: B01LTHWY2Y
Parents (Vestron Video Collector's Series) [Blu-ray] [Import]
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In Parents, director Bob Balaban deconstructs our Father Knows Best perception of '50s suburbia, skewing it via moody cinematography and Angelo Badalamenti's sinister score. Ten-year-old Michael Lamele (Bryan Madorsky) thinks his parents (Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt) are cannibals. His constant fear of his folks and their supposedly evil doings begin to warp his view of the world, and he starts seeing a social worker to confront his problems. Are they merely childhood fears intensified by an overactive imagination, or do Michael's parents really crave human flesh? Much in the way that David Lynch approached the sinister underside of small-town America in Wild at Heart, so too does Balaban challenge our notion of the 'burbs as an escape from the harsh reality of the city. If anything, Michael's parents show their true colors once they become wrapped up in the materialistic, socially predatory world of suburban life. Vastly underappreciated, Balaban's Parents is one of those rare modern horror films that uses psychology to freak you out rather than tossing buckets of blood at you (although there are a few in the film, given its theme). This is one horror film that stands up, and deserves repeated viewings. --Bryan Reesman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great music, vintage cars, and an appetite for life. It will remind you of your childhood or the one you missed. It is never too late. Yum Yum eatum up.
Juno Mills-Cockell plays a cute minx as Sheila Zellner the girl friend. She is going to be a real cutie when she grows up.
One thing I like about the movie is in the ending credits they put the faces with the names instead of just anonymous credits rolling up the screen.
"Cerezo Rosa" by Perez Prado
"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" by Mack David, Jacques LaRue, and Louiguy
"Memories Are Made Of This" by Dean Martin
"Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley
"Chantilly Lace" by The Big Bopper
"Moments to Remember" by The Four Lads
"Continental Cuisine" by Angelo Badalamenti and Frank Stanton
"Meatloaf Mambo" by Angelo Badalamenti
"Strike it rich"
As you can see the music was quit appropriate to the movie.
This could be well adapted to a play.
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Critique: Strange little film is the blackest of comedies. The story is told from Michael's POV so everything looks abstract and weird. Attention to detail of setting (50s Americana), period pieces and customs is very rewarding. Bob Balaban's craftily directed 'Pax Americana' scenes seem aesthetic and distant. Similarities between David Lynch's own subversive 'Twin Peaks' society of evil lurking underneath wholesome settings, seem to have had an influence on Balaban (Lynch's own regular composer, Angelo Bandalamenti, provides the music). The film also benefits from the stylistic brushes of cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonenfeld. The use of sweeping, low-angle shots (illustrating this 'child's nightmare world) and use of hand-held shots are wonderful. The cult overtones of the film make it not for all tastes.
QUOTE: Michael: "Well, what were they before they were leftovers?" Dad: "Leftovers to be."
I feel I made a good synopsis on this film. That is the trick people will do, to get people to watch their films. Obviously I made the wrong choice on agreeing to rent this. This film was so boring. I can't believe anyone else liked it. I just can't believe I'm the only one who couldn't stand it.
The only good part is the ending. Throughout the movie I was thinking about how stupid I was for renting this. It was too weird and stupid to take seriously. I would assume only a younger child would like this because of how bizarre it is.
Do yourself a favor and rent this on a two-for-one night. I know that I'll never rent this movie again. Even if my life depends on it. It's too much torture sitting there for half an hour watching a movie like PARENTS. I'm just glad I know what it's like now, so I'll never have to worry about renting it again.
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The storyline was predictible with little to offer in the way of ingenuity or thrill factor. The scariest part of the movie might have been when the child turned around and ran into a foot hanging on a meat hook in the cellar. Even then, his face (weighed down by the botox) registered nothing. The father's death scene in the end lasted about 10 minutes of him flopping about trying to lay his hands on the child.
And having his grandparents lay a meat sandwich on his nighttable in the end was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Do not rent this movie. Do not buy it. Exit this screen and never think about this movie ever again.
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