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1. Shiva Baby (2020)
American Beauty (1999)
The Family: The Burnham family might not be perfect, but in comparison with the Fitts clan, they look like the Waltons! To recap, Colonel Fitts is abusive and unstable (not to mention his fondness for Nazi crockery), his wife is practically comatose and his son is a drug-dealing, starey-eyed oddball who records everything on his videocamera. And that’s before Colonel Fitts’ big secret comes to light! Most Dysfunctional Element: Poor old Colonel Fitts is harbouring secret homosexual urges, which would go some way towards explaining his behaviour. That in itself might be possible to overcome, if it weren’t combined with the legacy of his time in the military. The two don’t make for a very happy mix… How To Make Them Functional: Colonel Fitts should reveal his secret and head to therapy. What he shouldn’t do is make a move on his neighbour and then reach for his gun!
The Family Stone (2005)
If you’re ever feeling nervous about bringing a significant other home for the holidays, throw this movie into the DVD player to make yourself feel better. You’re not supposed to show up to a holiday weekend with one date and leave with another. It’s Christmas, not a key party.
7. Pride Prejudice (2005)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
The Family: The Hoovers represent three generations of weirdos, from a young girl obsessed with beauty pageants to her smut obsessed grandfather, via a teenage boy who’s taken a vow of silence and his suicidally depressed uncle. Still, there’s rarely a dull moment when they all get together! Most Dysfunctional Element: He means well, but when a grandfather teaches his granddaughter a dance routine he picked up in a strip joint, alarm bells should be ringing. How To Make Them Functional: Send them off on a cross-country road-trip to take their youngest to compete in a beauty pageant. They seem more or less okay by the end!
August: Osage County (2013)
A suicidal husband (Sam Shepard), his drug-addict wife (Meryl Streep), and Julia Roberts walk onto a film set…. How they had time to introduce everyone’s dark backstory in just two hours, we’re still not sure. Imagine how things would proceed if you invited every single person you can’t stand to Thanksgiving dinner, and that’s how this family gathering goes.