The Good Son 1993

The Good Son

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The Good Son is never good enough to live up to its unsettling potential, failing to drum up much suspense and unable to make Macaulay Culkin a credible psychopath.

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Mark (Elijah Wood), a young boy who loses his mother, must stay with his extended family while his father is away on business. Mark becomes acquainted with his cousin Henry (Macaulay Culkin). However, the extent of Henry's depravity becomes clear when Mark sees him kill a neighbor's dog and intentionally create a traffic pileup on the highway. After a supposed mishap on an icy pond with Henry's sister Connie (Quinn Culkin), Mark tries to reveal Henry's crimes before it's too late.

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  • Apr 07, 2012
    This was mildly unpleasant to watch.
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2012
    A guilty pleasure movie for sure - Macaulay Culkin was super creepy and I enjoyed how they didn't wimp out on the ending.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2011
    So Macaulay Culkin was trying to unwrap the typecasting that he would surely get after being in Uncle Buck, and playing an iconic holiday character in the first two Home Alone movies. He plays a crazy territorial child who wants his Mommy all to himself going to such lengths as to kill his younger brother and attempting to kill his younger sister (both of which were played by his actual siblings). When Elijah Woods comes to town after his Mom dies he kind of takes on the psycho kids Mom as his mother figure which of course puts him in the line of fire as well. To be fair the kids had fine performances and the adults were the less impressive ones here. But the story is so ridiculous its hard to not giggle at it, and having the benefit of hindsight ol' Kevin McCallister's attempt to avoid the dreaded typecast failed as all I could do is picture him screaming with his hands on his cheeks. I'll give him credit for wanting to do something to break out of that mold, but having him act like an ass (this time against innocents instead of criminals) just didn't do it.   However there is a novelty to seeing the kid from Home Alone smoke a cig and say "fuck" which had to be the only thing that earned this movie its "R" rating, now days it would be a moderate PG-13.
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2011
    very good movie, interesting and good plot, and the acting was great
    Paul A Super Reviewer

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