Movies featuring crazy families are some of my favorites, but there usually has to be something unique or unusual about these films, as the dysfunctional brood has become almost a cliche, especially in American Independent films. Ergo, I decided to give the dysfunctional family cast-a-thon a go. Plus, I am going to do TV shows, because I’m just ghetto that way 😛 Here are the rules:
1. Build a cast for your dysfunctional family from movies ONLY. You can have as many characters as you like but you must include the following:
Lead Character – Generally the most normal of the family and spends a lot of time rolling eyes or telling family members off for their bad behaviour.
Inappropriate Mother/Father/Parents – Usually involves oversharing, inappropriate comments, name calling, swearing, drinking and/or drug use etc etc.
Stroppy Teenager/Manchild – Either the immature teenager who hates his family or the fully grown manchild who struggles to accept that he is an adult and should behave like one.
Uncomfortable Stranger – Usually a new girlfriend/boyfriend of someone in the family who is utterly appalled by the behaviour of the family they are staying with/meeting.
Traumatised Child – This is usually always a small child who has to witness the craziness of their family first hand and behaves in a certain way because of it.
Embarrassing Grandparent(s) – Whether alone or with their equally awkward spouse, you can always count on them to say or do something that mortifies the rest of the family.
Damaged Sibling/Cousin – Whether they have gone off the rails due to their messed up childhood or have just lost their way in life, there is always the sibling/cousin who doesn’t quite feel they match up to the rest of their family.
Loyal Pet [Optional] – Despite their entirely dysfunctional family, the lead character can always rely on their loyal pet. Or can they?
They don’t necessarily have to be in the named role in their original movie (i.e. the character doesn’t have to be a mother figure in their movie to be chosen as the inappropriate mother) however you do have to explain your reasoning behind your choice.
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