Thursday Movie Picks - Families Playing Families


This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is a curious one. We're looking for actors who are in the same family in real life, PLAYING families in a movie. It's like a dream within a dream. I had fun thinking of this one, my only regret is already using Donnie Darko. Here's what I came up with.


1) The Good Son -
Macaulay Culkin plays the son from hell, but did you know his real life sister Quinn played his younger sister in this film? I have a soft spot for this movie. It's so dumb, but little Elijah Wood is always a joy to watch. 


2) White Chicks -
The Waynes brothers also play brothers in my favorite "so bad it's good" movie of all time.


3) Paper Moon -
Ryan and Tatum O'Neil play father and daughter in this film that wrongly one Tatum an Oscar in the supporting category even though she was a co-lead. That's my main take away from this film. I didn't love it. 


Comments

  1. I have yet to see any of your picks. Thus week a tough one at first. I want to see Paper Moon. The Wayne bro. Crack me up and I will one day see the bad caulkin

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    1. Paper Moon is an okay movie, but it blows my mind that this kid got away with being called Supporting. It's been years since I've seen it, but I feel like she was in every scene.

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  2. I've seen all of them.
    The Good Son is a B movie...sort of like those on Lifetime, but with more competent child actors.
    I really dislike White Chicks.
    I like Paper Moon the best out the three, I remember it being very charming. I agree Tatum is more of lead actress role, but they sort of do this when they feel like the actor has a better chance of winning in the supporting category than if they were submitted to the leading category.

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    1. I think in her case is was more about her being a kid. They rarely have kids in the lead categories.

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  3. I like all 3 of those films. White Chicks is so fun to watch. I too have a soft spot for The Good Son. Oh man, that fucking climax towards the end. If you were that woman, what would you have done? I would've been like... "YOU TRIED TO FUCKING KILL ME!!!! YOU KILLED YOUR LITTLE BROTHER! YOU TRIED TO KILL YOUR OWN SISTER! FUCK YOU! BYE!!!!!"

    And here's an interesting piece of trivia. Dominique Swain was Quinn's stunt double in that film. Remember her? From Face/Off and the 1997 version of Lolita by Adrian Lyne?

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    1. The climax of that movie is so wild. I think I'd do the same. Bye, baby murderer! I do remember Dominique Swain! I didn't know she was a double.

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  4. I haven't seen The Good Son, but it does sound interesting so now adding it nearer the top of the too watch list.

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    1. If you go into it expecting "so bad it's good" then I think you'll be alright!

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  5. I remember watching The Good Son at a birthday sleepover. That movie was twisted lol

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  6. I am so late commenting but my niece (and goddaughter) got married over the weekend and it has been a mad dash since last Wednesday to this morning and I am kicking back and catching my breathe! It was incredibly lovely though, so very much worth all the craziness!

    I didn't have high hopes for The Good Son when I started watching so I wasn't surprised when it turned out to be middling.

    Tatum O'Neal's placement in supporting is THE most egregious category fraud in the history of the awards! She is in 98% of the film for the love of Pete! That said she is sensational in her role and award worthy....as best actress! Or of the award they use to give in the earlier years-Best Juvenile Performance. That was bestowed on Judy Garland for The Wizard of Oz as well as other child performers of note including Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin, Mickey Rooney, the tragic Bobby Driscoll all the way up until the 60's when Hayley Mills received the final one. It really makes much more sense and I would think would be better for the child's psyche than having to compete with established performers....plus when it does happen those kids are shoved into the wrong category (Tatum, Patty Duke, Anna Paquin etc. were leads of their films). Be that as it may Paper Moon is a good if not great film and Madeline Kahn is touching as Trixie Delight.

    I haven't and probably never will see White Chicks.

    This is a challenging week! My first thought was Henry & Jane Fonda in On Golden Pond, not a great movie but not a bad one either. There's the Bridges brothers in The Fabulous Baker Boys (okay for the one viewing I gave it but I've never been tempted to see it again.) and even though she appears in only one scene Lela Rogers playing real life daughter Ginger's mother in the delightful The Major and the Minor. Of the three the last is by far the best and the one to seek out.

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    1. Oh congratulations to your niece! That's so sweet. Weddings are fun and I'm glad you had a good time.

      I agree Tatum has the most egregious case of category fraud. I don't think Anna Paquin was fraud though. She was definitely a supporting character to Holly and Harvey, IMO.

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