There's something familiar about a lot of these "quirky" summer movies. I sense a theme is developing. Yes. That's right. It's time to celebrate unconventional families once again!

This summer, we get to see a chubby, 'fro-y suitor (John C. Reilly) try to win over his lady's hefty, 'fro-y, moody son (Jonah Hill) in 'Cyrus'. They appear to butt heads a lot, but undoubtedly the movie ends with what Jonathan Torrens has astutely identified as this particular genre's unavoidable, cliché speech at the end: The "We may not be your average family, but heck, we sure do love each other" speech. Torrens spotted the pattern while analyzing popular non-traditional family TV shows like 'Full House' and 'Facts of Life,' but it could easily extend to the silver screen, too.

Perhaps the most obvious non-traditional family flick this summer is 'The Kids Are All Right,' starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple who use a sperm donor to start a family. Their kids, played by Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson, reach the age where they want to know where the other half of their DNA came from. So they hunt down daddy, who turns out to be some dude played by Mark Ruffalo. Confusing family drama and comedic moments ensue. But surely, it must all end with some sort of tearful speech. If it doesn't, I'll give someone $100.
categories Film Fancy