Mom and Dad

A virus spread through radio and video static impels parents to murder their children in this brilliant horror comedy from writer-director Brian Taylor (Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). Nicolas Cage stars as a depressed dad in Anywhere, USA, daydreaming about his more licentious years, and Selma Blair plays his wife, a stay-at-home mom who regrets having given up her flashy corporate job; when the virus strikes, the couple begin scheming against their teenage daughter (Anne Winters) and rambunctious ten-year-old son (Zackary Arthur). Taylor revels in the bad taste of his high-concept premise—what if the adrenaline enabling parents to lift cars off their children worked in reverse?—though he wisely leaves some of the gore to the imagination. Cage and Blair, both giving their best performances in years, revel in the black comedy and social satire while also giving emotional weight to the parents’ resentment, toward the kids and each other.