I’ll be honest, I fired up my VOD copy of Mom & Dad with some pretty high expectations. You tell me parents run around trying to kill kids, and Nicolas Cage is one of the adults losing their mind, and I’m obviously TOTALLY IN, regardless of any reviews or scrutiny that may have spread. But lemme tell ya, this one met my expectations and had me either laughing or wincing the whole way through.
THE DEETS: Unexplained hysteria affects parents everywhere, leaving them compelled to kill their own children. Our focus is a father (Nicolas Cage) and mother (Selma Blair) stuck in their dreary everyday lives dripping with disapppointment, and how they’re affected. They got a teenage brat and a smaller brat, and the brats must survive the relentless attack from their parents.
THE SALE: Let this be a warning (or, for people like me, a selling point!) to you; you are going to watch a lot of parents kill a lot of kids, and even some beings not even old enough to be kids (one of the best scenes takes place in a hospital). The whole movie moves as quickly as the hysteria, a sweeping rollercoaster that only slows down for some choice performances from the cast.
One of the big highlights is of course Mr. Nicolas Cage himself, in a montage/monologue set=up in which he builds (then destroys) a pool table, losing his mind in real time as punk music plays in the background. It. Is. Awesome.
And this part will only make sense once you watch the film but when the doorbell rings, the movie only gets even better.
MORE PERKS: 1. Lance Henriksen. 2. The build-up before the actual killing starts is extremely tense and very well-done. 3. This baby ain’t brainless, it’s well-crafted with some thoughtful commentary on the relationship between parents and children and how family affects our lives/goals/desires/etc.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT: The movie is currently available on Google Play & Youtube for the price of $3.99.
Don’t hesitate! This is a real gem of a film, and Nicolas Cage films deserve eyes and praise! (well, at least this one does.)