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Mom and Dad

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Fast-paced, gory, intense horror movie is way over the top.

Movie R 2018 83 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Definitely not for kids at all

Even for a horror-black comedy the violence was waay over the top, and as an adult, if you are ok with that, then that’s fine, enjoy. There were parts I liked as an adult. But this is not a movie kids or teens should see at all. There is a review on here saying a parent let their 13 year old and 7 year old watch this and said it was “fine”. Here are some thing in this movie which happen with realistic blood, gore and real looking pain and agony: A terrified girl is suffocated by her father with a plastic bag, a drunk father smashes a bottle and attempts to kill his son, but accidentally cuts his own neck wide open with the jagged glass, a mother gives birth to a newborn then attempts to crush then cut the newborn with a scalpel (pretty sickening to see even as an adult), a boy gets wire pierced through his cheek and is dragged around by it, the parents laugh while filling a small room with their kids in with gas, laughing about how they’ll vomit and cough and die soon, a grandpa is thrown out of a car, his head crushing vividly into gore. The terror of the young boy and teen girl through all this would scare kids. People are stabbed, burned, bitten, slashed, shot, beaten, a child drowned by their parent, and there is no resolution to the movie. When it ends many people are dead, and the parents still want to kill the kids. As an adult the final lines are a vaguely clever(ish) play on typical parent-teen dialogue so I guess you can appreciate that. As a kid or teen waiting for some happy or even vaguely resolved ending, it never comes. Guaranteed nightmares and trauma for kids and yes, even young teens. Because it’s not just sickening violence, it’s all acted out by the parents on kids of all ages. Please just be normal and show your kids movies aimed at their age group! There are heaps of fun, action filled, (even scary if they want that) movies that are actually for kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Written and directed by Brian Taylor (Crank and Crank: High Voltage), this nimble, kinetic, ultra-dark horror-comedy rampages through its gleefully wicked story without overwhelming its characters. Mom and Dad offers up another banshee-like, over-the-top performance from Cage (with whom Taylor worked on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), but this time it's rooted in a kind of real pain and regret. The same goes for the always-great Blair, as a mom whose motherhood didn't turn out the way she'd hoped. The movie uses crafty flashbacks to earlier times to illustrate and deepen the relationships between the family members.

But in the end, this is a breakneck-paced, out-of-left-field horror movie, and it doesn't hold back in the slightest on its brutal concept. It's not for viewers who don't have a high tolerance for shocking gore. Some will definitely think it crosses the line from time to time -- as when a new mother starts to squeeze the life from her newborn baby -- but mostly it stays in the realm of dark humor. It cheerfully brings meat hammers, wire hangers, and a Sawzall (a cordless reciprocating saw) into its relentless game, but it also occasionally holds back, just a little, for effect. Many darkly funny little surprises keep the movie revved up right until its final moments.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 19, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: February 20, 2018
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage , Selma Blair , Anne Winters
  • Director: Brian Taylor
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 83 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing horror violence, language throughout, some sexual content/nudity and teen drug use
  • Last updated: June 1, 2023

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