Michael Laemie (played by Brian Madorsky) is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Especially his father, Nick Laemie (played by Randy Quaid). Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school's social worker. Written by
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The character Millie Dew, played by Sandy Dennis: "Millie Dew" was a play on the word "mildew", which means moldy, musty or damp. See more »
Sixteen minutes into the movie, Michael comes home early from school, surprising his father who comes up from the basement with a bottle of wine. He announces that the wine is a Chateau Margaux, which must breathe. Clearly the bottle is not from Bordeaux but has the sloped shoulders of a Burgundy wine. Later, the wine label is seen on the dinner table where the word "Beaujolais" can be clearly read. See more »
I have here an opportunity
[holds out a pen to Michael]
this pen is made of chemicals, but if I took these same chemicals and recombined them, I could make an automobile, or an electric light! The whole world is made of chemicals Micheal, you can make anything! And if you're smart... you'll make opportunities.
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This film is crazy-weird...but in a good way. If you enjoy off-beat, black comedies, this will appeal to you, immediately. If you enjoy them but need a bit of time to fully absorb the humor and oddities of it; then you may have to watch it a few times to really get the full effect and develop a true appreciation for the film's original quirkiness.
However, if you don't like off the wall, goofy and somewhat disturbing movies, you won't like it. You'll find it either disturbing, stupid, boring or any combination of. I am not one of those people--I LOVED it--and the more I watch it, the more I enjoy it. Other movies you might like (if you like this one) are: Practical Magic, Heathers, and Fright Night (the original from 1985).
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