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Bitch

Bitch

Marianna Palka wrote, directed, and plays the title role in this horror satire about a selfish suburban family whose stay-at-home mom begins to take on the characteristics of a stray dog in the neighborhood, barking, growling, and leaving feces around the house. Regrettably the film is less about this character, who spends most of her screen time in a shadowy basement acting like Cujo, than about her philandering husband (Jason Ritter), so ill-equipped to parent their four children that he enlists his sister-in-law (Jaime King) to handle the situation. The father is unsympathetic, the kids are uninteresting, and the sister-in-law is unnecessary, so the mother's absence from her own story becomes glaring. The tone oscillates between crude horror, mirthless black comedy, and unearned sentiment.

Credits

Director:

  • Marianna Palka

Cast:

  • Jason Ritter
  • Marianna Palka
  • Jaime King
  • Brighton Sharbino
  • Rio Mangini
  • Kingston Foster
  • Jason Maybaum
  • Eric Edelstein
  • Bill Smitrovich
  • Roger Smith
  • Caroline Aaron
  • Sol Rodríguez
  • Jaime Moyer

Producers:

  • Sharon Bordas
  • Elisa Lleras
  • Michael McGuire
  • Fernando Szew
  • Michael Moran
  • Daniel Noah
  • Josh Waller
  • Elijah Wood

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