If you feel like your family stands out above the rest as being odd, dysfunctional and weird, than you need to watch a few of the movies on this list. It’s guaranteed to make you feel better about yours and even appreciate your family that much more. Or at least, make you feel less weird.
1 The Savages (2007)
Brother and sister, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, are dealing with the struggles of their ailing father. Neither one want the responsibility and their already strained relationship takes a toll when they realize they have no other choice but to handle his affairs when their father’s girlfriend dies. The movie is worth seeing for the acting of Hoffman and Linney who play an excellent brother-sister duo.
2 You Can Count on Me (2000)
When her brother (played by Mark Ruffalo) returns home, single mother (Laura Linney) has to balance trusting her brother and keeping an eye out for her son all at the same time. Sure her brother means well, but often times he ends up leading Laura Linney’s son down the wrong path and hurting more than helping. But it’s a touching movie, and Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of the troubled brother is spot on.
3 Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
This is dysfunction at its best. You have a son that is taking the vow of silence. An uncle who attempted suicide and is gay. A father who is trying to transform his failing self-help novel into a success. A grandfather who got kicked out of his last nursing home. A young daughter trying to make her way into a beauty pageant. And a mother trying to balance it all. It’s charming, funny, and always makes me cry at the end (but with good tears).
4 This is Where I Leave You (2014)
When the father dies of a big family, they all come together at his funeral and family secrets are revealed, bonds are strengthened, and wounds are healed in this roller coaster of a movie. It’s a feel good film without overdoing it and you will definitely be laughing (even as you are painfully reminded how close this hits home).
5 Only The Lonely (1991)
Ah, for any fans of John Candy, you might have missed this gem in his collection. He plays the son of an overly protective mother, who really only wants what’s best for her son. Except she doesn’t always know what’s best (just don’t tell her that). John Candy falls in love and his mom can’t help but step in and share exactly how she feels about this new young woman in her son’s life. It’s a romantic movie that will definitely leave you cheering for everyone.