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Nicolas Cage in Mom and Dad.

1.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Mom and Dad
Written by
Brian Taylor
Directed by
Brian Taylor
Starring
Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair
Genre
Thriller
Classification
18A
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2017

There likely isn't a mother or father alive who hasn't once uttered the words, "I could just kill you," in a fit of parental frustration. What Brian Taylor's thoroughly nasty new film Mom and Dad proposes is a literal extension of those momentary lapses, with an unexplained television signal sending parents across America into a bloodthirsty rage directed at their offspring.

Writer-director Taylor is best known for the delightfully bonkers Crank films with Mark Neveldine (and the should've-been-bonkers Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), but here, flying solo for the first time, he confuses mayhem for profundity.

Mom and Dad's insights include: Hey, isn't suburbia boring? And, man, why are teenagers so mean? These revelations are sprinkled with violence that is disturbing but mostly bloodless, with Taylor only testing his own self-imposed limits. By this point in his career, star Nicolas Cage does crazy like no one else, but his descent into insanity here – not too far from how his character acts at the beginning of the film, really – can't elevate Taylor's juvenile take on adulthood.

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Mom and Dad opens Feb. 23

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