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20 Weirdest Movie Families You Never Want To Visit In Real Life

20 May 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

There is a famous quote in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Under the context of this list, we can paraphrase it as “Normal families are all alike; every weird family is weird in its own way.”

If all the members in the family are weirdos, it’s not hard to find out why the whole family is dysfunctional.

Let’s take a look at the 20 weirdest families in movies.


20. The McAllisters (Home Alone)


The Family: To lose one of your children en route to a Christmas holiday seems careless at best and negligent at worst. But to do it twice? What’s wrong with these people?

Strangest Member: Peter McAllister, the family patriarch, who seems weirdly sanguine about the whole affair.


19. The Cullens (Twilight)


The Family: A brood of centuries-old bloodsuckers, masquerading as teenagers and attending the local high school. Creepy as anything.

Strangest Member: Edward, a hundred-year-old man who falls for a teenager.


18. The Simpsons (The Simpsons Movie)


The Family: Everyone’s favourite clan of warts-and-all Americans, who are every bit as loveable as they are dysfunctional. George Bush famously suggested America should be “more like The Waltons and less like The Simpsons”, but then, his family aren’t without their flaws…

Strangest Member: Poor, bumbling Grandpa, who seldom says anything that makes much sense.


17. The Hoods (The Ice Storm)


The Family: A chronically uncommunicative bunch who find themselves wrapped up in their own problems. The parents’ marriage is dead in the water, the daughter is worryingly sexually precocious and the son has a flourishing drug habit. Welcome to suburbia!

Strangest Member: Young Paul, who drugs his friend in an attempt to get into Katie Holmes’ pants, before accidentally drugging her too. Enough with the drugs!

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  • Derrick Constantino

    WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?! The only number 1 is the family from Nothing But Trouble, and it didn’t even make the list?!?!?!?! Article invalid.

  • Jonathan Cook

    i want to live next to The Addams Family