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January 19–25, 2018

Chicago Premiere

Mom and Dad

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"Yes, Nicolas Cage does go over the top in Mom and Dad—and, dammit, it's a beautiful sight to behold"
  —Village Voice
"Mom and Dad has the same depraved verve, sick humor and berserk pulse of the Crank series, and what's more, marries all that to an operatic Nicolas Cage performance in full on nutzoid mode"
"The kind of rip-snorting, relatively cheap and cheerful black comedy the industry doesn't make enough of anymore... deliciously lurid"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"This giddy exercise transcends mere bad-taste humor to become one of the great jet-black comedies about suburbia, destined for the same cult-classic status accorded The Stepford Wives, Parents and Heathers"
"Enjoyably unhinged... This is an unrepentant midnight movie, dirty and violent and best enjoyed with a steady supply of alcohol"
  —The Guardian
  —Chicago Reader

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. This is a macabre and inspired conceit, and one mined for biting social satire by writer/director Brian Taylor on his first solo outing since his gonzo collaborations with Mark Neveldine (the Crank films, Gamer), which similarly provoked and parodied cultural bêtes noires.

Quickly narrowing the premise to the perspective of an average American family caught in the midst of the mayhem, Taylor gleefully plays with the tone throughout, swerving from swaths of ironic slapstick horror to a shocking postpartum set piece in a hospital delivery room. As the parents, Nicolas Cage (Season of the Witch, Wicker Man, Ghost Rider), as usual, is fully engaged, delivering a hysterical performance that is manic and memorable—not to mention meme-able—while Selma Blair (Hellboy, The Fog) is the film's emotional anchor. She imbues the family matriarch with an empathetic and depressed languor that underscores the tragedy and horror of the twisted scenario. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Directed by Brian Taylor, U.S.A., 2016, 83 mins.


  • Fri., Jan. 19 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., Jan. 20 at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 pm
  • Sun., Jan. 21 at 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Jan. 23–25 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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