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Best Dysfunctional Family Movies

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8. Moonstruck (1987)

Mgm / Courtesy Everett Collection Loretta Castorini (Cher) is 37 and lives at home with her parents following the death of her husband two years earlier, resulting in a relationship with her mom and dad that is simultaneously heartwarming and entirely frightening. The honesty and care she shares with her parents are certainly admirable, to the point where they both are more than willing to share their extremely honest thoughts when Loretta gets engaged to a man she does not love. But that intimacy is a double-edged sword, as the extreme closeness she has with her family unquestionably leads to a certain level of (admittedly hilarious) codependence. Watch it on HBO Max.

12. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

IFC Films / Courtesy Everett Collection Being a part of a big and loving family can be great but it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to really be your own person. That’s certainly the case for Toula (Nia Vardalos), who meets the man of her dreams but is afraid that he will not be approved of by her Greek family because Ian (John Corbett) is not Greek. Even if your family loves you dearly, they may not fully understand everything you want and may even see your desires as a betrayal. But ultimately, you gotta do what you gotta do and hope that your family gets on board. Watch it on HBO Max.

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

The Family: Probably the most famously dysfunctional family in the history of popular culture, the Simpsons are no role models, but are thoroughly redeemed by their obvious love for one another. George Bush might have encouraged Americans to be “more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons”, but we know who we’d rather hang out with. Most Dysfunctional Element: Homer’s parenting skills probably fill this berth, although we’d argue that every time he throttles Bart, there’s a good-natured attempt to bond with Lisa to balance it out. He tries his best, after all. How To Make Them Functional: Electro-shock treatment famously didn’t work, and Marge and Homer have been to numerous psychologists and parenting experts, to little avail. Best let them get on with it then…

4. The Past (2013)

Behind the glass wall, which separates the baggage claim area from the busy airport terminal, Marie is awaiting the arrival of a passenger. She is holding a simple bouquet and waiting for her ex-husband Ahmad who wanders through the baggage claim area looking for a representative to report his missing suitcase. They both come face-to-face on either side of the glass wall. They cannot hear each other. From the expression on their faces, it is clear that they have not seen each other in a long time. She understands that his luggage has not arrived on the flight.


An engaging drama about helpless souls tied gripping with performances monitored under the skilful eye of the Iranian maestro Asghar Farhadi, the film is a profoundly intelligent drama that is compelling through its raw power and insight, it is sure to resonate with people across multiple layers of society. At the 66th Cannes Film Festival, held in 2013, the film won the festival’s Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Best Actress Award. The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

8. I was at home but…(2019)

If I can simply the storyline of the German family

If I can simply the storyline of the German family drama by Angela Schanelec it would be the sudden disappearance of a young boy aged 13 years old for almost a week and reappears suddenly and that sets a ripple effect in the family and brings forth an aura of introspection amongst different characters of the film.

The peaceful ambience of the family is abruptly disturbed. The narrative of the film moves in an elliptical pattern of telling the tale of distressed individuals and in a fragmented skip doesn’t have much expositional reasoning. In the process, it creates a kind of emotional as well as visceral response that lingers with the viewers even after the end credits had rolled. At the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, held in 2019, Schanelec won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

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