5 Hollywood Films About Dysfunctional Families

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Short Term 12

Short Term 12 is set in a group home for troubled teens, and it explores the ways in which these teens have been shaped by their experiences in dysfunctional families being Exposed to neglect, abuse, and violence.


Joy is a True Story based on The life of Joy Mangano. It’s about how Joy overcomes the challenges of a dysfunctional family where it feels like walking on a tight rope with people one would want comfort from.

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle is based on the Autobiography of the American Journalist Jeanne Watts with many ugly truths about her own dysfunctional Family and specifically about her parents.

Silver Linings Playbook

The film explores the dangers of diagnostic labels and how they can be misused. It also examines how mental illness can be hidden in plain sight and the impact this can have on families.


The movie is about Shia LaBeouf's childhood. It gives us an inside look at what it is like to be just a twelve-year-old kid wanting love but being rejected by one's own father. The film is written by Shia LeBeouf and he plays his own Abusive Father.

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