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      The Good Son

      1993, Mystery & thriller, 1h 27m

      28 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      The Good Son is never good enough to live up to its unsettling potential, failing to drum up much suspense and unable to make Macaulay Culkin a credible psychopath. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Mark (Elijah Wood), a young boy who loses his mother, must stay with his extended family while his father is away on business. Mark becomes acquainted with his cousin Henry (Macaulay Culkin). However, the extent of Henry's depravity becomes clear when Mark sees him kill a neighbor's dog and intentionally create a traffic pileup on the highway. After a supposed mishap on an icy pond with Henry's sister Connie (Quinn Culkin), Mark tries to reveal Henry's crimes before it's too late.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Joseph Ruben

      • Producer: Joseph Ruben, Mary Ann Page

      • Writer: Ian McEwan

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $44.4M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

      • Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Stereo

      Cast & Crew

      Elijah Wood
      Wendy Crewson
      Jacqueline Brookes
      Quinn Culkin
      Ian McEwan
      Daniel Rogosin
      Ezra Swerdlow
      John Lindley
      George Bowers
      Elmer Bernstein
      Bill Groom
      Rusty Smith
      George DeTitta Jr.
      Cynthia Flynt

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      • Apr 07, 2012

        This was mildly unpleasant to watch.

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      • Mar 20, 2012

        A guilty pleasure movie for sure - Macaulay Culkin was super creepy and I enjoyed how they didn't wimp out on the ending.

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      • Nov 28, 2011

        So Macaulay Culkin was trying to unwrap the typecasting that he would surely get after being in Uncle Buck, and playing an iconic holiday character in the first two Home Alone movies. He plays a crazy territorial child who wants his Mommy all to himself going to such lengths as to kill his younger brother and attempting to kill his younger sister (both of which were played by his actual siblings). When Elijah Woods comes to town after his Mom dies he kind of takes on the psycho kids Mom as his mother figure which of course puts him in the line of fire as well. To be fair the kids had fine performances and the adults were the less impressive ones here. But the story is so ridiculous its hard to not giggle at it, and having the benefit of hindsight ol' Kevin McCallister's attempt to avoid the dreaded typecast failed as all I could do is picture him screaming with his hands on his cheeks. I'll give him credit for wanting to do something to break out of that mold, but having him act like an ass (this time against innocents instead of criminals) just didn't do it.   However there is a novelty to seeing the kid from Home Alone smoke a cig and say "fuck" which had to be the only thing that earned this movie its "R" rating, now days it would be a moderate PG-13.

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      • Mar 24, 2011

        very good movie, interesting and good plot, and the acting was great

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