The Strange Thing About the Johnsons - ★★★

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons - ★★★


“Because theres nothing to feel strange about son.” - Sydney Johnson (Billy Mayo)

Student filmmaker Ari Aster pushes the old Freudian adage of 'sons being fixated with their mothers, daughters with their fathers' up a notch. By in a round about way asking, would a gay son want to sleep with his father.

"Hmmm, so that's how it is in their family"... Possibly out of pure embarrassment at its subject, or down to how cheesy the acting and plot structure was, I couldn't stop myself from laughing. I'll be honest even after viewing it, I'm not sure how to take this clumsy all black cast short. Was it being serious or trying to be a baroque Todd Solandz styled social criticism.

[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

The wholesome 'Parenthood' like opening scene the father walks in on his son masturbating, leading into the age old "we all do it" father to son talk... only to reveal the son had been using a picture of his pops.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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