Films in Focus: Dysfunctional Families

Dysfunctional Families: All of these movies feature dysfunctional families, just in time for Thanksgiving and dealing with your own family. Maybe you should watch these movies to feel better about the craziness in your own family!

August: Osage County (2013)

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (DVD AUGUST)

 

Boyhood (2014)

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. (DVD BOYHOOD)

 

 

Captain Fantastic (2016)

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. (DVD CAPTAIN)

 

Death at a Funeral (2007)

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (DVD DEATH)

 

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (DVD LITTLE MISS)

 

Nebraska (2013)

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (DVD NEBRASKA)

 

Parenthood (1989)

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (DVD PARENTHOOD)

 

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister’s wedding. (DVD RACHEL GETTING)

 

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (DVD SQUID)

 

Terms of Endearment (1983)

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems. (DVD TERMS)

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