Bob Balaban · 1989
81min · digital
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  • Saturday, Oct 28, 2023, 8:00pm

Ten-year-old Michael Laemle (Bryan Madorsky) senses that something is not quite right with his family. Sure, his mother, Lily (Mary Beth Hurt), is the perfect 1950s housewife, and they have a comfortable life in the suburbs where his dad, Nick (Randy Quaid), works at a mortuary. But what's with the enormous cuts of meat that his father brings home every night? What, or whom, do they come from?

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“An underseen gem of childhood fear and suburban horror… Particularly eerie and bleakly funny… An unease and dread permeate the film…[with] an undercurrent of sadness and tragedy you might not expect at first glance. Highly recommended.” Tyler Eschberger, Bloody Disgusting

“Choosing a movie to take with me to a desert island, I would opt without a second’s hesitation for Parents over such relatively predictable Oscar-mongering exercises as Rain ManThe Accidental Tourist, or Dangerous Liaisons, because it’s a movie that kept me fascinated, guessing, and curious — even when it irritated me.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader