Has your family been a handful this Eid? These movies prove you’re not alone!

By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: Eid is meant to be a time of joy. Where families meet, enjoy a meal together and spend quality time. But for most desi families, that sounds like an absolute nightmare! Family drama, cousin rivalry and annoying kids are things you simply cannot escape. However, if you think your family is dysfunctional, these movies will make you feel better about your family!

Cake – Family secrets

As far as families with secrets are concerned, Eid is a train wreck waiting to happen! If you ever feel like your family and its secrets are too much to handle, may we suggest watching Cake? The movie has a stellar cast featuring Sanam Saeed, Adnan Malik, Aamina Sheikh and Syed Mohammad Ahmed.

Between health concerns, sibling resentment, one huge secret and a whole lot of drama, Cake beautifully depicts what it means to be a family, the good, the bad and the ugly!

Little Evil – Toddlers out to get you

Mothers of toddlers know one thing: getting dressed for Eid only results in heartbreak. Crumpled clothes, smeared lipstick, food stains, it seems as though your toddler is out to get you! If this is the case, Little Evil is the perfect movie for you!

Your toddler might be a handful but at least he isn’t pure evil, right? And we aren’t exaggerating when we say evil. We mean, antichrist evil. The movie will definitely make you laugh and feel better about your predicament and you might even feel your anger melt towards your child. Afterall, if Adam Scott can find a soft corner for his evil incarnate son, we’re sure you can too for your kid!

Dil Dhadakne Do – Family that interferes way too much

Eid lunches and dinners are the perfect time for the entire family to get together and discuss life. It’s also the perfect time for the family to get together and start meddling in their kid’s lives. From jobs to rishtas, it seems as though your family waits all year just for this particular moment to sit and turn the spotlight on you and make decisions for you that you never asked them to.

Dil Dhadakne Do is one of those dysfunctional family movies that will make you feel slightly better about your family. You won’t feel alone when you realize your family isn’t the only one following patriarchal norms and it gives you hope that there might be a way forward. At least your father isn’t going around flirting with women during a family party and at least you don’t have to jump off a cruise ship on international waters to get away from your family!

The Orphan – Annoying cousins

Not everyone likes kids. And not everyone has to. But apparently in desi families that’s not an option. Mothers dote on their kids even though all you want to do is to lock them away in the closet where you don’t have to hear or see them for the day. 

Are your cousins following you around no matter how many times you tell them to stay away? Are they purposely trying to make you look bad in front of the other family members? At least they aren’t secretly 30 year old’s trying to kill you! 

Kapoor & Sons – Sibling rivalry

One of the perks of growing up is to be able to rid yourself of the sibling rivalry created by your family. But then Eid brings back all the childhood trauma and you’re forced to confront your demons, or siblings if we’re being specific.

If you don’t get along with your elder siblings, if they’re always the goody two shoes making you look bad and if your parents always compare you to your sibling, don’t miss out on Kapoor & Sons. After watching the movie, you’ll realize your sibling aren’t that bad. And they aren’t as perfect as they seem.

Home Alone – The middle child woes

Being the middle child is terrible. Misunderstood and often ignored, Eid is the prime time to feel even worse. 

If you really are feeling the effects of being a middle child, we’d suggest watching The Home Alone series. While Kevin might not be the middle child, he definitely has it worse than you! Imagine being left behind while your family vacations away! This was the OG of dysfunctional family movies to hit our screens!

Who said your family is the only dysfunctional one out there?

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