A Date with Your Family (1950)

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Educational short showing how you should never show any emotions at the dinner table.



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Ralph Hodges ...
Brother (uncredited)


Two teenage kids come home from school and look forward to dinner with the family - it's a date. Mom and sister do the cooking, set the table, and arrange a bouquet. Brother does homework then helps junior, the youngest, clean up. Dad gets home from work, joins the boys for pleasant conversation, then it's time to eat. The narrator emphasizes the importance of being relaxed and pleasant. The family illustrates a few dinner table "don't"s, then good manners and good sense reassert themselves. Table manners, pleasant and unemotional conversation (good for the digestion), graciousness, and ceremony mark the event. All families, no matter how poor or busy, should have these dinner dates. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Narrator: When the dinner hour at home is treated with a certain amount of graciousness and ceremony it can be memorable. There is no family so poor but that the evening meal can be eaten in an atmosphere of warmth and gentleness. There is no family so bust that it can come together in the evening for a dinner date that will give its members something to look back upon with happiness all their days.
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Hasn't dated very well.
22 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Time has not been kind to this short. What was seen as a model family back then now seems boring, creepy, and robotic. Our story begins with two siblings named Brother and Sister. Actually, nobody in this move is named. They're just coldly referred to as Brother, Sister, Father, etc. So, Brother and Sister are excited for dinner with the family. Mother is hard at work in the kitchen, where she belongs. Everyone wears vacant eyed grins, rarely showing any emotion other then "excruciatingly happy". As the short progresses we see Brother helping Junior clean up, Sister help Mother in the kitchen, and Father come home from whatever he does. The narrator drones on and on about what behaviors are appropriate, such as not saying anything unpleasant or showing emotion. We get to see them eat dinner and the short ends.

Really, this short just screams 50s, and not in a good way. Everything is happy and nice (Don't want to trigger Father's WWII flashbacks, do we?), and it just feels stifled and repressed. Someone could make a dark parody of it where Father is a repressed homosexual, Mother needs alcohol to get through the day, Sister is sleeping with everyone at school, Brother is a habitual drug user, and Junior is just trying to survive.

Some nostalgics might like it so they can fondly remember the good old days before "those goldang ghetto emulating kids with their X-Stations and computers and marihuanas." The rest of us can just laugh at the MST3K version.

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