Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother.Written by
Pretentious; shallow; self-indulgent. Refuses to earn the attention it demands from the audience.
The colour red is rammed down your eyes, as though it alone could carry this flaccid film. The first third of the film is a series of incomprehensible pre-plot flashback-and-forwards worthy of David Lynch at his most obscurantist and self-indulgent. The entire cast are 1-dimensional and their relationships to one another are worthy of an American sitcom.
There's nothing subtle or compelling about anything except the final scene, but that doesn't begin to justify the rest of the movie. The only time I really identified with the mother was when Kevin masturbated defiantly in front of her. Because that's exactly what the director was doing to his audience.
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