Mom and Dad

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Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.

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A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own children.

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Nicolas Cage
Brent Ryan
Selma Blair
Kendall Ryan
Anne Winters
Carly Ryan
Theresa Cook
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Brian Taylor
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Nate Bolotin
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Cassian Elwes
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David Gendron
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Wayne Marc Godfrey
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Jere Hausfater
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Ali Jazayeri
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Robert Jones
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Critic Reviews for Mom and Dad

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (100) | Rotten (34)

  • A hilarious, knowing bit of schlock ...

    March 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Both a torrid exploitation cinema throwback, and a metaphor for a generation of kids screwed over by their elders.

    March 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The "joke" soon wears thin, however, and the film, with few actual ideas to express, resorts to slapdash plotting and dead-end gore.

    March 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It is probably best not to look for the deeper meanings in the plot and to regard Mom & Dad as a new twist on an old-fashioned survival story.

    March 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Granted, the delivery's as shrill as a banshee stepping on a Lego brick, but here's a film with something to say.

    March 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Simon Crook

    Time Out
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  • Almost ugly ultra-HD, a dated dubstep soundtrack and ketchup-splatter special effects might make a lesser film less appealing, but here these lowbrow touches work to Mom and Dad's advantage.

    March 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mom and Dad

  • Aug 24, 2019
    Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in the dark horror-comedy Mom and Dad. When a mysterious signal is broadcast over telecommunications devises parents are suddenly overcome with a drive to kill their children. Cage and Blair give fairly decent performances, but nothing too impressive. And the script seems a little uneven and unfocused; not quite sure of which story to follow, the community or the family, the parents or the children. The violence can get pretty gritty and shocking, and the black humor too is quite edgy. Mom and Dad is incredibly provocative, but while some of it work other parts don't.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2018
    I'm still trying to figure out what I watched, This film is so randomly put together with a over worked backstory added to the simple plot but it works way better than it should of, Nicolas Cage was great and crazy, There's some very dark humour and a few scenes that may be hard for some people to watch, Especially if you're a parent or easily offended, It's shocking, Twisted, Uncomfortable and nothing like you have seen before.
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  • Mar 14, 2018
    Mom and Dad is so so good. It mashes a story reminiscent of Stephen King's novel cell wherein a cellular plague strikes that causes all who listen to a strange signal turn feral and begin attacking people at random. Mom and Dad is similar, however in this it is parents that turn on their young and attempt to kill them by any means necessary due to witnessing a static transmission. Nicholas Cage gives a performance that is standard for him, it's a good performance but is extremely over the top as usual and he is calmed by Selma Blair's stony, sultry expressions throughout. The only thing I can say about Mom and Dad as a negative is that it has a very unsatisfying and unusual ending.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2018
    It's dumb as Hell and probably only got created to facilitate Nic Cage meeting his freakout quota and also what was that ending? But shit, I've had way worse times with a movie. Probably less cathartic to someone who actually likes children or has a healthy relationship with their parents, but for me and mine? Mom and Dad weren't half bad.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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