The Kids Are Not Alright: The Bad Seed, 1956
When children go bad, the usual suspects in their downfall are rounded up: parents, genetics, family environment, television, video games, the education system. But sometimes the reason a kid goes rogue just can’t be pinned down: Is Junior wreaking havoc because of alien intervention or some evil force – or is it really too many sugary snacks?
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones. A mother’s idyllic vision of home and hearth is developing some stress fractures – mostly because her adolescent daughter is manifesting all manner of bad behaviors, from lying and stealing to maybe even murder. 129 minutes. Unrated.
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