Thursday, December 06, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Meet the Parents
For the 49th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We delve into the subject of meeting a loved one’s parents where it’s often a subject of trouble or chaos depending on how it’s presented. Here are my three picks:
Louis Malle’s penultimate film maybe one of his more accessible films but it is still one of his most compelling as it relates to a young man who is engaged to a Frenchwoman as he introduces her to his parents and his father falls for this young woman. Starring Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, and Rupert Graves, it’s a film that play into the dangers of a man who would fall for the woman who would become his daughter-in-law as a lot of bad shit happens.
2. The Birdcage
A remake of La Cage aux Folles, Mike Nichols’ take on the film with a script by Elaine May remains one of the rare remakes that is just as good as the original. It is about a young man who is about to marry his college sweetheart yet there’s some big hurdles. The girl’s parents include a conservative senator who is connected to a major political scandal while the boy’s parents are two gay men. Oh the hilarity that would ensure when they all meet.
3. The Family Stone
A man is about to introduce the woman he plans to marry to his family but the family isn’t looking forward to it after the man’s younger sister had already met this woman and doesn’t like her. It’s a chaotic yet fun film that has Sarah Jessica Parker as this uptight woman that is marrying Dermont Mulroney as she is scared to meet his parents and siblings while she would invite her own sister (Claire Danes) to back her up. Thus, a shitload of problems would ensue as Mulroney falls for Danes while Parker starts to have feelings for one of Mulroney’s brothers in Luke Wilson while Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson play the parents as they’re dealing with big issues. It’s a mess of a film but a fun one.
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