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A Date with Your Family (1950)

| Short, Drama
Educational short showing how you should never show any emotions at the dinner table.

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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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Seven minutes' worth of color, silent outtakes exist for this short, which offers an interesting insight into how the short was made. (see video clips) See more »

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Narrator: These boys greet their Dad as though they were genuinely glad to see him, as though they really missed him.
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not even the title makes sense
25 September 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The title might imply that "A Date with Your Family" is about a family going to a movie or restaurant or something, but it actually shows a family having dinner at home. The idea is that the movie shows the proper way to act at dinner. It's probably more recognizable now that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" heckled it. One of the things that the movie reminds us - according to the Satellite of Love Crew - is that emotions are for ethnic people (this IS a wholesome WASP family, remember). It's the sort of movie that'll make anyone want to eat dinner like the Simpsons. Seriously, are there ANY families who willingly act like the one in this short?


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