Movie moms and dads usually fall into one of three major camps: either they’re wonderful and supportive parents who play a positive role in their kids’ lives, or they’re oppressively awful … or they’re nowhere to be found and we get to see the trouble their children get up to when left to their own devices.
But there’s a smaller fourth category, too, and it’s the group of movie parents who let loose and end up acting more immaturely than those half their age.
So if you’re in the mood for some daddy drama and mommy mayhem, look no further than these 4 comedies.
We’re the Millers – OK so this one’s a little bit of a cheat because Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis aren’t really the parents of Emma Roberts and Will Poulter … instead, the foursome comes together to try to pull off a drug-smuggling plan and fronts like they’re a family. Which of course gives the “mom” and “dad” many opportunities to behave badly — and they do. But, to paragraph an infamous line from the film, they have “no ragrets!” (Like not even a single letter.)
Neighbors (and Neighbors 2) – Sure, it’s totally great parenting to leave your BABY alone in your house while you go party at the fraternity next door. That’s exactly what Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen do when Zac Efron and his pack o’ bros invade their neighborhood.
Bad Moms (and A Bad Moms Christmas) – When strung-out, stressed-out moms get together and decide they’ve had enough, they’re not looking for a little time away or a peaceful dinner alone … they want to let off steam the right way and GO WILD. That’s exactly what Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn do… but uptight PTA mom Christina Applegate is on a mission to kill their buzz.
Blockers – Julie, Kayla and Sam have been BFFs since their first day of school, but now they’re all grown up and heading off to college. Before they go their separate ways, they make a pact to each lose their virginity on prom night so they can have one last experience together. But when their parents — of John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz — get wind of their daughters’ plans, they join forces to try and, um, block their efforts.
It’s a new spin on the teen sex comedy genre, and it has an empowering message and too many LOL moments to mention. But why it’s on this list is that it turns out the girls’ parents are really the ones who need some guidance, as they each go to different extremes in the name of “protecting” their daughters … when really it’s their own issues they need to be concerned with!
Watch the first 9 minutes of Blockers now to get a taste of what’s to come…