To some people summer is about vacations, maybe hitting the lake or pool, relaxing, spending time with the kids – and there is that. But summer to me also means it’s time to look forward to the annual family reunion. Big family or small, summer seems to be the best time to gather the clan, catch up, enjoy some good food, take a lot of pictures and generally have a good time.
But it got me to thinking, what if I had another family? A cinematic family. And not just any movie family, but a family that would provide the most awkward and downright crazy family reunions. These get-togethers aren’t necessarily going to make for the top family movies. In fact, some may be downright dangerous.
No. 3. The Royal Tenenbaums
The term “dysfunctional family” is thrown about so often, it has lost most of its meaning. Yet if there was one definitive family that personified dysfunction, it would be the Tenenbaum family. Filled with gifted children, all who have a genius-level talent, they are nonetheless completely neurotic adults thanks to their parents. Eccentric is like the tip of the iceberg here. If you find yourself involved with this group at all, expect something both profound and silly that will lead to some life-altering experience… but to get there you have to interact with these people, and I just don’t know if it would be worth the trouble.
2. The Brewster Family (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Proving that families were stranger even in classic movies, the Brewster family is found of a lot of things: poisoning, schizophrenia, going completely psychopath… Sure, the movie is played off as a “comedy,” but there would be nothing funny coming home to these people. Plus, just knowing that much insanity runs in the family can’t be good on the old self-esteem. The one time when finding out you’re adopted makes you happy.
So next time you find yourself attending a family reunion and everything seems so disturbingly normal, count your blessings. Because normal is often far better than things could turn out to be.
Chris Kavan is the Community Manage for FilmCrave.com and he’s pretty sure there aren’t any cannibals in his family.