Annie and Baxter, the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town. The brother considers the possibility that something horrible might have happened to them, but the sister is convinced that it's just another one of their stupid games or twisted conceptual performances. She convinces him that they should go and look for them themselves.
This movie was so different compared to any movie I've seen this year, and for a while! It takes us into the mind of a celebrity and how they stage things and work their way to do anything to make art/acting look so real. It was was beautifully done, but definitely not for the faint of heart.
Directed by Jason Bateman and starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett. The plot involves the story of Caleb Fang and Camille Fang, two actors who do things things for a living by hoaxing and staging almost every situation. They have brought up their 2 kids Baxter and Annie Fang into these situations. The kids decide to go their separate ways and back away from their parents "celebrity" lifestyle. Years later they get a call from their parents asking to meet up. They decide it's a good idea and meet up with them. After a huge falling out with their parents officers arrive at the door saying their parents have died. Is it another hoax or is it for real? As stated above, this movie is so different and so true in many aspects. The acting is brilliant (especially from Kidman and Walken.) Kidman's character acted like a child at heart and she did not act her real age at all! Walken was very scary and very nasty as the father. An extremely disturbed man. It takes you into the eyes and mind of a celebrity, such as pretending to fake run in public for better publicity appearances, pretending to eat healthy, pretending a fan is not near you, and most of all...pretending to be normal. Celebrities dragging their children into a sick, twisted, fake game is what this story is about...and as disturbing as that is....it's actually true for a lot of celebrities! It's not exactly a comedy movie. It's more of a Drama movie. It's really hard to watch this. You get to experience the reality of what people/kids have to go through just to be a celebrity!
All in all, i can't say I had fun watching this, but it was definitely a great, original idea and was brilliantly executed! Jason Bateman's directing and even acting gets better by each movie. 4/5 stars 8/10. Autistic Jay
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