Today is Family History day; I wonder what one is obliged to do on such a day. Dig into their family tree, perhaps? Have a grand reunion. As far as obscure day to day celebrations go, this one is particularly specious to me. Still, I’d say that dysfunctional families (and, aren’t they all?) should use the day to examine where their faulty wiring derives from – and these five film families might have a great deal of faulty wires to peruse.
Their dysfunction manifested in various ways – here are five suspect family relations…
“It's a good thing that we had a talented daughter!” / “I can only hope that she was mine! With you as her mother, her father could be anybody in Actor's Equity!”
Hannah and her Sisters is so delightfully comedic (despite its melancholic) one might not want to say its dysfunction is so innate. In fact, other Allen pieces have families which seem to come across as more suspect. Still, from the in-sleeping, the strained sibling relationships, the garrulous parents and the overarching insistence that everything is really better than it is, this is one family that might need to iron out its issues.
“What is it with all the women in this family, that makes all the men in this family wanna leave?”
a mendacious family, a royal family and a British family after the jump....
“We never were a very happy family. There just wasn't much joy in this house. It wasn't Big Daddy's fault. It was just... you know how some families are happy.”
“How do you manage to put up with these people?”
“What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?”
(On the small screen-side, no family emerges as easily in my mind as the Six Feet Under group. True familial oddness.)
Which cinematic families would you celebrate Family History day with?