Three cheers for parental murder!
Three cheers for parental murder!
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In the time of covid-19, road trip movies are one of the best forms of escapism. But the first trailer for Netflix’s new road trip movie The Willoughbys comes with a surprising twist: These kids may have murdered their parents.

Based on the children’s book by Lois Lowry, The Willoughbys is an animated film about a group of children who’ve largely been abandoned by their selfish parents. Yearning to pull a lifelong Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, the kids work to get their parents killed during a deadly vacation that they secretly planned through a fake travel agency. What the fuuuuuuuuuuuu—

This isn’t exactly a long-term solution to their problems, and it’s only a matter of time before Child Protective Services—portrayed as an FBI-like watchdog agency—arrive to take the kids and place them in separate foster homes. So, they head out on a magical road trip with their nanny (Maya Rudolph) to escape the fuzz, which includes trips to a candy factory and a high-flying, rainbow-powered adventure through the skies. It’s full of magic and whimsy, but also, you know, these kids tried to kill their parents. Admittedly, said parents seem very shitty, but still!

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The Willoughbys was written and directed by Kris Pearn (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and also stars Will Forte, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Séan Cullen, and Ricky Gervais. It arrives on Netflix April 22.


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