Good Son

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Dec 16, 2001
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Pros:Mac tries something new (for him).

Cons:Everything else.

The Bottom Line: It's a piece of exploitative film trash pure and simple.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

McCauley Culkin takes on a familiar role. In this role he plays a mischievous tot who makes short work of a couple of burglars with a submachine Uzi and some hand grenades.

Wait a minute that's the wrong movie. I was thinking of the script for the long lost Home Alone 66 3/2. This movie here is the Good Son, which features the once cute little Mac in a not so cute role.

The Good Son was the first movie that featured Mac trying to break out of his image as the cute kid from Home Alone. He got the role because his father Kit (Who had taken on the responsibility of his manager) pushed for him to get the role and paid a huge sum of money for him to get the role. The money was a waste however. The film bombed and it pretty much set the stage for the end of McCauley's career. If Kit weren’t his father, McCauley would probably have two words for him after this movie: You're and fired.

Anyway, in the Good Son, Mac plays an eleven-year old who seems normal on the surface. But underneath him lurks a sense of mischief. And not the simple mischief of making mincemeat out of a pair of bumbling burglars either. No, little Henry is into really twisted stuff such as murder.

As the movie begins, Little Henry's cousin Mark is coming to stay with Henry's family for a few weeks because Mark's dad has to go to Japan on a business trip. Mark takes a liking to most of his relatives. But there's something sinister about good little Henry. But most of the family doesn't believe it, despite the fact that evidence points to the fact that Henry may have had something to do with a mysterious drowning a while back.

So little Mark fears that his life may be in danger and his fears are justified, especially when the full menace of Henry becomes apparent.

Give Mac credit. At least he tried to branch out into new territory after the two Home Alone movies. That's about the only positive thing I can say about this movie.

Where the movie goes disastrously wrong is in the writing. I don't know what the producers were trying to create here. But the idea of a seemingly innocent child being so evil is not anything new. Usually it's for a supernatural reason (most notably in the Exorcist). But here there's no real explanation. The kid is simply evil. Who knows why? Maybe he was dropped on his head as a baby.

There are two ways this movie could have worked. First off, if it had been a supernatural thriller along the lines of The Exorcist or the Sixth Sense, then it might have been more believable. Or if it had been a satire of the Home Alone style of films, that might have worked ("Oh Burglars. If I cut this rope, do you think you could fly"). Unfortunately it's neither. Which leaves it as a piece of exploitative film trash pure and simple.

As I stated above, Mac was the only good thing about the movie. And his career fizzled not long after this. Elijah Wood on the other hand, has evolved into a promising actor. But here he isn't given much to do other than be scared. I wonder if maybe they had given the evil role to him and the good role to Mac, would it have worked better. The rest of the acting isn't much better. The fact that all the other actors in it aren't really memorable by name is a good indication of how the performances are. Most actors, even if not well known, will be remembered if they give a good performance and the right people happen to see it.

So this movie itself has nothing to really recommend it. But in a way, it's a shame that it flopped, because I have a script for a sequel right here. In this one, a former child actor gets enraged at the Hollywood producers and former manager who wrecked his career and goes berserk murdering them all. Any Hollywood exec interested? Come on. I guarantee you it will be a lot better than this piece of garbage.


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