“Mad Families” Movie Review

It would not be an exaggeration to suggest that the entertainment is often used as a way to convey various ideas to the public. While some might suggest that in the majority of the cases they tend to be good, there is also a possibility that entertainment will promote and reinforce certain ideology or stereotypes. This is particularly the case when it comes to movies as they represent the most popular part of the media contents that are produced and consumed nowadays. Therefore, it is essential to gain a proper understanding of what meaning they convey.

The example that will be discussed in this paper is a recent feature film titled “Mad Families” (2017, Fred Wolf). The most interesting thing about this movie is that it tries to fight certain racial stereotypes, but, in fact, is reinforcing some of them. For example, it shows three families: a Caucasian, an African American, and a Hispanic family. However, each of them has distinct characteristics that are not related to the plot, yet are stereotypical: Charlie, a white man, is a writer and an alcoholic; Rolando, a Mexican male, is unemployed and his brother works as a plumber. The list of examples that the authors implied is almost endless. There is no doubt that this was done for ideological reasons in order to show that while some stereotypes are false, some may be true. Thus, it is the white character that acts as a leader of the three families and tries to solve the problem, not a black or a Hispanic. In other words, though the film is aimed at easing the racial tension, it increases it to a certain extent by making these subtle references.

If one considers audience reception for this media, one will be able to notice that it was not featured in the cinemas, but when directly to the video and streaming. This means that it was not intended for the people who go to the movies. As a result, one might assume that the taste of the audience that does not have a high income was taken into account. One might also suggest that since one of the black characters was portrayed as an attorney and a possible candidate for becoming a mayor, it was intended that the black audience will like it. Moreover, there are many jokes that were aimed at the white audience and this family is portrayed least positive. Even though the film tries to show that it wants the people to go past the stereotypes, it still appeals to some racial differences, possibly hoping that some people will rent it simply to watch the representatives of different racing making fun of each other. Therefore, the opposite of the original goal was intended as the director wanted to promote peace and tolerance. So, the message of the film was adjusted to suit the potential audience.

Some might suggest that this film has certain similarities with Mickey Mouse Monopoly in that sense that it presents the situation from a white male perspective. Indeed, the point of view of the white family is most supported and the protagonist, as well as the star of the film, is Charlie Sheen who is a white male. Therefore, it seems that the film unconsciously reinforces the white dominance on the screen. Some might suggest that the kind of representations of races featured in the film may be positive. For example, a black character was shown to have a successful career. In addition to that, a Mexican character is shown to have a vision for his future business idea, he does not want to work as a plumber. Nevertheless, as it has been mentioned before, there are many elements that reinforce the dominant stereotypes as well such as the fact that all white female characters have blonde hair or that one of the black female characters has a braided hair.

Having examined all the points that were mentioned in the paragraphs above, one might suggest that the film which was discussed has had an ambiguous impact on the representation of race. On the one hand, it sends a clear message that the racial differences, as well as stereotypes, must be overcome so that people can live in harmony. However, some of the subtle remarks that it makes reinforce those stereotypes which means that the film acts contrary to what it strives to achieve. All this leads to the understanding that the message of the film should be interpreted correctly.

Works cited

Wolf, Fred, director. Mad Families. Crackle, 2017.

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