07 December 2016

Movie Review: Helicopter Mom

Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame places Maggie Cooper, a helicopter mom. A helicopter mom is a mom who is overbearing and "drops in" like a helicopter on their child's life. When I think of helicopter, its more like Apocalypse Now. The parent thinks they are just dropping in, but actually most of the helicoptering is carpet bombing.  Maggie Cooper does this to her son Lloyd.Because he's sensitive and likes to write poetry, Maggie locks him as gay. She then helicopters by carpet bombing him psychologically until he outs him as gay to his classmates.

The most interesting aspect of the movie is Lloyd's relationship with his hippie father and his own processing of his sexuality. It's mostly light and could have been a made for TV movie.

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