|Starring:||Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, and Bryan Madorsky|
The atmosphere of Parents can only be described as eerie. The movie features a soundscape that almost seems as if it were ripped from an early David Lynch film. A dense and industrial soundtrack provides background to the seemingly mundane visuals of a traditional American household. Awkward scene after desperately awkward scene, Parents doesn’t show characters who are socially retarded, but instead the movie shows us martians. I of course do not mean literal martians, but the characters that inhabit this movie seem as if they were imported from another planet and are trying their best to pretend to be human. Almost every character within the movie is a heightened and bizarre caricature of a “type,” or they are simply pretending to be something entirely different from what they are. The faces that people put forth within society turns out to be a central theme for the movie, and the way in which this dichotomy of attitudes appears to children is something that the movie tries to point out.