Mom and Dad

Critics Consensus

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.

75%

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A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and her younger brother (Zackary Arthur) to evade the clutches of their now-deranged mom (Selma Blair) and dad (Nicolas Cage). However, their situation gets even more complicated when their grandparents (Lance Henriksen and Marilyn Dodds Frank) show up for a visit. Written and directed by Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer).

Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Brent Ryan
Selma Blair
as Kendall Ryan
Anne Winters
as Carly Ryan
Zackary Arthur
as Josh Ryan
Joseph D. Reitman
as Homeroom Teacher
Angie Willmott
as Zumba Dancer
Katie Stewart
as Student/Runner
Ricardo Santos
as Police Officer
Dale Miller
as Gym Teacher
Michael Yurchak
as Dad in Pool
Ellen Marguerite Cullivan
as Coffee Shop Patron/Medical Professional
James Tackett
as Crazed Father
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Critic Reviews for Mom and Dad

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (33)

  • A hilarious, knowing bit of schlock ...

    Mar 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Both a torrid exploitation cinema throwback, and a metaphor for a generation of kids screwed over by their elders.

    Mar 11, 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.

    Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 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.

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

    Simon Crook

    Time Out
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  • Nicolas Cage does crazy like no one else, but his descent into insanity here - not too far from how his character acts at the beginning of the film, really - can't elevate Taylor's juvenile take on adulthood.

    Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | 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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