Director: Jason Bateman. Cast Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Kathryn Hahn. 105 min. Rated R. Drama.
Avant-garde 70s parents have their own definition of art: something unexpected that provokes a true visceral reaction in the viewer. It's a concept worthy of an intelligent discussion, but no, these parents include their kids in their experiments too, and the kids (Bateman and Kidman) almost grow up to become paranoid cuckoos. Similar to Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words, the story has plausibility issues, but that doesn't undermine its core concept, because the critique of parenthood hits a nerve. I haven't seen much flexibility in Bateman's acting, but he's a fine director, and I'm waiting to see his masterpiece someday.
"You think we damaged you? Fine. My parents damaged me, her parents damaged her. You have kids, you're gonna damage them. That's what parents do."