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2.7
145 Ratings

Mom and Dad

Directed by Brian Taylor
United States, 2017
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.

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Mom and Dad Directed by Brian Taylor
In this image, Pop Art meets patriotism, whimsy, family affection, and national tradition. Its wit, poise, reflection, and irony surpass such junk as Crazy Rich Asians and Get Out, making Mom and Dad the most American of American movies this year.
August 24, 2018
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The kind of rip-snorting, relatively cheap and cheerful black comedy the industry doesn’t make enough of anymore, Mom & Dad is a deliciously lurid throwback to cult fare like Parents, Heathers, Serial Mom, early Gregg Araki movies and other to-the-bone horror-driven skewerings of suburban pieties.
September 11, 2017
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The film is at once vulgar and sharp, the garish horror-comedy providing a vehicle for Taylor’s thoughts on all that’s ugly in the “normal” American family. . . . The central joke of the film is that the plague only exacerbates violent feelings that parents already feel for their children. Taylor finds enough ways to tell that joke to sustain interest the remaining hour of the film, though readers should be warned that some of these variations can be rather sick.
January 19, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    [Almada Fórum] (Note to self: Don't have kids.) I'm simple: I see Nicolas Cage on a film and I watch it, laugh at it/with it, and rate it positively. Lovelies: the way he says Joshieeeee (amazing!); the score that echoed Carpenter, Autechre and Aphex Twin (yes in that order...)//"Bring the Sawzall, it means it saws ALL." Cage owns over-acting. Ah ah. (The cinematography was a bit poor and cheaply digital, no?)

  • Ethan's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    This is one batshit crazy movie that goes to some very dark places and offers up some fucked up laughs and plenty of cringe worthy performances. Nicolas Cage seems to be a psychotic genius at sometimes. He gets a lot of shit but maybe he's just a really good actor that does shitty movies. Also we need a lot more Selma Blair in the cinema.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    I have to respect Brian Taylor for writing and directing a (nihilistic, politically incorrect, and ludicrously over the top) horror film in which Nic Cage's Looney Tunes performance can comfortably coexist alongside Selma Blair's almost touching turn as a quietly tragic suburban mother. This film had me ecstatic, and that was even before Lance Henriksen's cameo and the best "Dark Knight" reference in years.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    Awkward editing that gives some exposition and important action/dramatic scenes depth and irony, but rendering them momentumless. Many scenes internal and external rhyme is also inorganic, never getting a bearing between comedic horror and serious scares/character drama. However, when Henriksen shows up the zaniness does reach an apex, making it hard to hate, despite the ideas being much better than the reality here.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    Very entertaining flick with an off-the-wall premise that is as bonkers and the movie itself. Blair and Cage is very good in their roles and have some great scenes both together and apart. The kids are also good but kinda boring. It takes a while to get going and I think that Taylor´s directorial style is wrong for this kind of movie. It was fun while it lasted but it feels like a missed opportunity.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    Kids may start out cute, but they can turn into entitled, self-absorbed, cruel little turds just as the parents enter into middle age, their youthful dreams displaced by parenthood, mortgages and wrinkles. As in "Battle Royale", this is territory ripe for savage retaliation and these moms and dads deliver with comic glee. Yet there are also sobering and terrifying glimmers of child abuse, giving heft to the mayhem.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    The initial setup with the public outbreak as well as a strong turn by Selma Blair are enough reasons to plough through this one but not enough to really recommend it. Cage's chewing of the scenery here is only outdone in the final moments by the two senior performers.

  • the_mentaculus's rating of the film Mom and Dad

    Score just for top tier Cage En Rage: angry-singing the Hokey Pokey with a sledgehammer; and ranting about anal beads to a teenage boy. I have now added these moments to my life experience, and am that much closer to God.

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