The Good Son

1993

The Good Son

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Macaulay Culkin tries for a change of pace playing a schoolyard psychotic in The Good Son. When 12-year-old son Mark (Elijah Wood) is his mother's side as she's dying of cancer, she makes him promise her that she won't die. When she does die, Mark is consumed with grief, as well as guilt that he couldn't keep his promise. Mark's father Jack (David Morse) has to go away for a two week business trip to Tokyo shortly after his wife's death. Thinking that the blustery Maine environment will do him good, he drops Mark off with the family of his Uncle Wallace (Daniel High Kelly). At first, Mark is withdrawn, but soon he begins to warm to his Aunt Susan (Wendy Crewson), his cousin Connie (Quinn Culkin), and particularly his cousin Henry (Macauley Culkin). Mark and Henry pal around together, but Mark begins to notice some of Henry's ideas of fun differ significantly from his own. For example, Henry demonstrates his homemade crossbow by killing the neighbor's dog, and shows Mark his dummy (called "Mr. Highway") that he drops from an overpass onto a highway, causing a 10-car pileup. Mark begins to suspect that the death of Henry's baby brother wasn't an accident, and it appears Henry is now making plans to rub out his sister. But when Mark tries to warn Henry's parents of their son's homicidal tendencies, they refuse to listen to him. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Macaulay Culkin
as Henry Evans
Elijah Wood
as Mark Evans
Wendy Crewson
as Susan Evans
David Morse
as Jack Evans
Daniel Hugh Kelly
as Wallace Evans
Jacqueline Brookes
as Alice Davenport
Quinn Culkin
as Connie Evans
Guy Strauss
as Arizona Doctor
Keith Brava
as Doctor in Blackport
Jerem Goodwin
as Factory Worker
Andria Hall
as Reporter
Bobby Huber
as Axe Man
Susan Hopper
as Woman at Rescue
Rory Culkin
as Richard in Picture
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Audience Reviews for The Good Son

  • 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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