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Review: ‘Drunk Parents’ buzzing with fun

Review: ‘Drunk Parents’ buzzing with fun
  • On August 25, 2020

Four Stars out of Five

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

“Drunk Parents” was recently added to the streaming platform Netflix after being released in 2019.

Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek star in this hilariously goofy comedy.

The film, which takes place over the course of a week, begins with Frank (played by Baldwin), and Nancy (played by Hayek) Teagarten dropping their only daughter, Rachel (played by Michelle Veintimilla), who is off at college.

Unbeknownst to Rachel, her parents are in a financial crisis as a result of problems with her father’s business.

While Rachel is away at school, her parents go to extreme lengths to keep their daughter, (along with the rest of their family, friends and neighbors), from learning the truth about their debt.

They return home from dropping Rachel off to find a man repossessing their Volvo. Frank talks him into giving them a few more days until he can make the car payment.

After their car is nearly reclaimed, Frank and Nancy gather valuable possessions from their home for a yard sale. They start by moving the furniture from their living room out onto their front lawn.

But they are too embarrassed to admit to their wealthy neighbors that they need money, so the couple instead sits on the couch in the yard, drinking wine and their sorrows away. 

In a ploy to make a quick buck, Frank and Nancy joke about posting an ad on Craigslist to rent out their neighbor’s house, as he is away on business.

The next morning they wake up to find they posted the ad in their drunken state, and are full of regret.

During the remainder of the film, Frank and Nancy encounter a number of people who become involved in their money scheme.

These characters include Carl (Jim Gaffigan), the man who rents their neighbor’s house, Rachel’s boyfriend Jason (Ben Platt), and Bob, Nancy’s brother-in-law (Joe Manganiello).

“Drunk Parents” has a heartwarming ending and a cliché lesson about the dangers of having too much to drink.

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