Siblings (2004): Joe (Alex Campbell) and his siblings have a couple of problems. First off, their stepparents are despicably evil. Secondly, they seemed to have killed them. Now this mixed up mess of half-sisters and step-brothers have to figure out how to dispose of the bodies, cover up the murders, collect their grandfather’s inheritance and somehow stick together as a family — all without getting caught. Not to mention Joe’s incessant need to keep tabs on his promiscuous sister, an eye on the precocious little ones and a lustful watch on the girl next-door (Sarah Polley). Growing up has its complications. Murder’s just one of them. (IMDB)
This movie was recommended to me a couple of times, and I also heard of it before, so I decided to sit down and finally give it a watch! It is a fun dark comedy that definitively has its moments. The chemistry is great between the four siblings and their offbeat personalities really makes the movie. They work very well together and are believable.
This is another Canadian film (Oh Canada!) so you know it is going to have something a bit naughty in it, lol! But to my surprise, it didn’t really go in that direction (too much), but there was definitely some cases of incest.
At the funeral for Grandpa, Dad finishes a conversation and then looks over at Margaret. He stares for a second and then asks, “Well when was it, exactly, Margaret, that you became such a beautiful young woman?” He angrily pushes past her brother Joe, who’d been standing next to her, and stands right next to Margaret. She averts her gaze, looking down. He mutters about the scent of smoke and then, leaning very close, whispers, “I’m thinking…this is a funeral. Is this right? This is a little short, don’t you think, honey?” The camera pans down as he continues, “Why don’t you go upstairs and get something more appropriate?” The camera shows Margaret’s short skirt, but also his fingertips beneath them on her thigh. Come on, give me a hand. Huh?” She gets up, visibly upset, and walks away. Dad watches as she walks.
Margaret, her back to him, complains to Joe about burying Mom and Dad’s bodies on Grandpa’s grave, “he was the only good thing we had for so long.” Joe looks her body up and down and reassures her, “We have each other.” She thinks for a moment, silent. He apologizes, saying that he was at a loss. She turns and hugs him, saying that she misses Grandpa. Joe says that he misses Grandpa too, and “It’s okay,” as he holds her and kisses the side of her face. She says that Mom and Dad will never be gone, but he reassures her that they are, kissing a path down the side of her neck. “You can kill them as many times as you want, Joe, they won’t go away,” pulling out of his arms. She predicts, “And then you become them.” Joe sobers, and Danielle interrupts them to call attention to her scheduled recital. (Source)
Since this film was is already a dark comedy, I really wish they would have pushed the brother/sister envelope a bit more. It had a lot of possibilities, with her being so promiscuous, and didn’t really touch on it enough.
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