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4 Lousy Movie Parents You'd Never Want to Have

Woody Harrelson's character in "The Glass Castle" won't win any Parent of the Year nominations.

The new drama, based on Jeannette Walls' autobiography, casts the "Cheers" alum as a hard-drinking hippie who'd rather go on a bender than feed his starving kids.

He's not all bad, of course. He can be charming at times. Even sweet. Yet he still leaves four emotionally wounded kids who are lucky to live to adulthood.

And Mamma isn't much better. Naomi Watts plays Mrs. Walls, a mother whose neglectful ways leave one child scarred for life.

The Walls parents aren't the first wildly dysfunctional parents to grace the big screen. Consider the following four examples of movie parenting at its very worst.


Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt look like the perfect '50s parents in this pitch-black 1989 comedy. Look closer, and you'll find a deep, dark secret lurking in their home.

Mom and Dad are cannibals, resulting in one of the more off-putting films from the Reagan Era. It's not for the squeamish, but it's one of the decade's unfairly forgotten gems.