...M. Night Shyamalanadingdong's latest movie is "scary movie with twist" as usual. Mrs. Fungus really wanted to watch it, and last night ended up being the time for it.
We start with a girl, age approximately 15, making a documentary out of the week-long trip she and her brother are taking to visit their estranged grandparents. Apparently their mother had a falling out with her parents when she was a teenager (because she wanted to marry one of her teachers) and blah blah blah etcetera. Her brother, 13, is white kid who raps (...*sigh*...).
Only problem is, the grandparents are insane. During the day they're nice people and everyone who comes to visit (when the grandparents aren't at home, strangely enough) says they're such great folks who volunteer at the local nuthouse and do all kinds of nice things for people.
"Don't go in the basement," the kids are told by their grandfather. "There's a mold problem and we don't want you getting sick."
Grandma loves to bake. Grandpa frequently goes out to the shed to do his chores. All is idyllic.
Grandma asks boy, "Do you play sports?"
Mrs. Fungus: AHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA (pauses playback to laugh more)
Me: AHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Mrs. Fungus: AHHH HA HA HA WHY IS THAT SO FUNNY HA HA HA
Me: HA HA HA HA *COUGH COUGH COUGH*
Mrs. Fungus: HA HA HA *COUGH* I don't think we're going to be able to get through this movie!
Little by little the weirdness comes out--grandpa stores his used Depends in the shed and grandma runs around naked at night acting like an animal--and the strangeness starts to weird out the kids, until finally the twist is revealed and all is chaos and mayhem! The climactic scene comes shortly after game night, where the kids (now understanding what has happened) must play board games and pretend to know nothing, waiting for their mother to come get them. And the game they play? Yahtzee. "That is a Milton-Bradley approved strategy," the grandfather says, leading the girl to object that Hasbro produces the game, as the brother nervously tries to quell the argument he sees coming.
Mrs. Fungus is of the opinion--and to be honest, I share it--that this movie was meant to be somewhat humorous despite its dark twist and the scary/horror aspects.
Overall it was pretty entertaining, but it wasn't anywhere near as Sixth Sense or even Unbreakable. Better than Signs, though.