Parents [VHS]

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In Parents, director Bob Balaban deconstructs our Father Knows Best understanding of '50s suburbia, skewing it through moody cinematography and Angelo Badalamenti's sinister score. Ten-year-old Michael Lamele (Bryan Madorsky) thinks his father and mothers (Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt) are cannibals. His continuous fear of his folks and their apparently evil behaviors begin to warp his view of the world, and he starts seeing a social employee to challenge his problems. Are they just youth worries intensified by an overactive creativity, or do Michael's father and mothers truly long for human flesh? Much in the manner in which 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 truth of the city. If anything, Michael's father and mothers show their real colors once they end up being wrapped up in the materialistic, socially predatory world of suburban life. Vastly underappreciated, Balaban's Parents is one of those unusual contemporary scary movies that makes use of psychology to freak you out instead of tossing containers of blood at you (although there are a couple of in the film, given its style). This is one scary film that stands, and deserves repeated viewings. -- Bryan Reesman

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