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23 Jan 2018

Home Video Review: Nicolas Cage Is Wonderfully Bonkers in Otherwise So-So Horror Comedy 'Mom and Dad'

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Nicolas Cage in Mom and Dad. Nicolas Cage in Mom and Dad.

Parents start killing their kids for no reason in Mom and Dad, an inconsistent horror-comedy from writer-director Brian Taylor.

Brent (Nicolas Cage) and Kendall (Selma Blair) are married with two kids, one of them rebellious-daughter Carly (Anne Winters). Brent and Kendall are having some difficulties dealing with middle age, and Kendall is struggling with a loss of friendship from Carly. When an unexplained wave of hysteria takes over and causes moms and dads to turn on their kids … Brent and Kendall join in.

If you are looking for a vehicle in which Cage gets to go off, gonzo-style, you might find yourself enjoying this one. He has a moment when he destroys a pool table with a sledgehammer that’s vintage nuttiness for him. Blair delivers a strong performance as a woman who is losing touch with herself and isn’t quite sure why she still goes to workout classes.

The film suffers from a sloppy soundtrack, which contributes to an erratic tone. It’s not as funny as it should be, and it comes up short in the horror department. However, it does have Cage going crazy in it, so that’s a plus.

Mom and Dad is available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.

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