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‘Amelia’s Kids’ Assessment: Mommy Weirdest

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A hilariously terrible collision of cleaning soap opera and horror film, “Amelia’s Kids” teeters so precariously on the cliff prime of comedy that one needs the director, Gabriel Abrantes, had dared to kick it over the sting.

Sadly, that doesn’t occur, regardless of a baffling scene that finds a mom and her two grownup sons wiggling enthusiastically to “The Lady From Ipanema.” Witnessing this dismaying show is Riley (Brigette Lundy-Paine), a pointy New Yorker who’s starting to remorse giving her boyfriend, Ed (a ruinously bland Carloto Cotta), the reward of a D.N.A. ancestry check for his thirty first birthday. Having realized of the existence of his organic mom and a twin sibling, Ed has introduced Riley to this Portuguese villa to satisfy his newfound household. And presumably trigger her to lose her thoughts.

A film of unhealthy desires and worse vibes, “Amelia’s Kids” is a peculiar, perverse addition to the already-overflowing nicely of monstrous-mommy photos. Vasco Viana’s spiffy cinematography courses issues up, however the movie is just too dismal — and its hero too dumb — to qualify as outright camp. Solely Riley, as she transforms from girlfriend to hellion, is price watching: We will’t assist however really feel that she’s had Amelia’s quantity all alongside.

Amelia’s Kids
Not rated. Operating time: 1 hour 31 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to lease or purchase on most major platforms.